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Erlendis Quartet

"Erlendis Quartet is the best guitar ensemble I have heard in years!"

Andrew York (Los Angeles Guitar Quartet)

“The Erlendis Quartet’s playing has a very special quality of very fine musicianship combined with a wonderful sense of intimacy and friendship between its members.”

Krzysztof Chorzelski (Belcea Quartet)

"I heard the Erlendis Guitar Quartet and was really impressed with their amazing musicality and their great sense of dynamics. They use dynamics as I haven't heard before in guitar ensembles."

Sergio Assad

"Four young musicians with a vision! Erlendis Quartet is undoubtedly one of the best classical guitar ensembles worldwide!"

Ivo & Sofia Kaltchev (Kaltchev Guitar Duo) 


The Erlendis Quartet has established itself as one of the most exciting groups of its generation. The standing ovations, enthusiastic reviews, and awards they’ve received speak for themselves. The ensemble has gained international acclaim from within and outside the classical guitar world.

As Bela Bartok wisely observed, “Competitions are for horses, not artists.”

Nevertheless, by treating competition rounds like concert performances, the Erlendis Quartet has reaped an impressive harvest of prizes, including (among others) first place in the Danish Broadcasting Chamber Music Competition (Denmark, 2017), first place in the International Ensemble Competition by GFA (USA, 2017), first place and Audience Award in the International Chamber Music Competition in Aschaffenburg (Germany, 2016), and Special Prize in the Orlando Chamber Music Competition (the Netherlands, 2016).

"To play without passion is inexcusable!" - Ludwig van Beethoven 

Telepathic ensemble playing, broad dynamic range, and emotional yet precise interpretations are the signature features of the quartet. Sharing their passion for music is the essence of ensemble’s existence, and has inspired their international concert tours. To date they have performed in the USA, Canada, Germany, Denmark, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Latvia, Ukraine, and their native country – Poland. 

"A creative artist works on his next composition because he was not satisfied with his previous one." - Dmitri Shostakovich

Constant research and enrichment of the repertoire are crucial. From season to season, the Erlendis Quartet expands its program with exciting music—arrangements as well as new pieces. Every concert is precisely structured to present a compelling story for the audience. “Erlendis” is Icelandic for “overseas”, and name reflects the quartet’s dedication to exploring beyond the boundaries of the familiar guitar quartet territory.

“The beautiful thing about learning is that no one can take it away from you." - B.B. King

The Erlendis Quartet was formed in October 2013, when all four members were students of Lukasz Kuropaczewski at the Academy of Music in Poznań, Poland. The next year they studied with Meccorre String Quartet cellist Karol Marianowski. In 2015-2107, the quartet pursued postgraduate studies at the Royal Danish Academy of Music, where they were coached by Jesper Sivebaek, of the Scandinavian Guitar Duo, and Tim Frederiksen, former mentor of the Danish String Quartet.

Throughout the years of study, the quartet took master classes with many renowned chamber musicians, including members of top ensembles (such as the Artemis Quartet, Belcea Quartet, Vogler Quartet, Faure Quartet, Lafayette String Quartet, and Berlin Piano Trio) and artists with premier labels including Deutsche Gramophone and EMI.


The ensemble is supported by the classical guitar strings brand SAVAREZ. Over the years, the Erlendis Quartet has been awarded scholarships funded by the Idella Foundation, Cultura Animi Foundation, and The Royal Danish Academy of Music Chamber Music Scholarship.