About violinist Christine Pryn
Even before her official debut, critics hailed Christine Pryn as a “soloist with authority.” This recognition was reaffirmed by headlines such as “The Heavyweight of the Violin,” “A Violin Force Field,” and “Brilliant Debut” when she debuted in 2001 at the symphonic concert series of the Danish Broadcasting Corporation.
Since then, she has toured as a soloist and chamber musician in more than 25 countries in Europe, Asia and the USA receiving numerous awards including the Polish Gloria Artis Medal and Danish Music Critic’s Prize.
She has performed at prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall, Warsaw Autumn Festival, Grieg’s home “Troldhaugen” in Bergen, and Szymanowski’s house “Atma” in Zakopane.
As a soloist, she has collaborated with The Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra, The RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, The Latvian National Symphony Orchestra, Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra, The Copenhagen Phil among others, and conductors such as Jan Krenz, Gerhard Markson and Renato Rivolta.
In Denmark, she has graced main venues, including Tivoli Concert Hall, Frederiksværk Music Festival, Louisiana, and the Schubertiade. However, her innovative concert formats and crossover projects have also brought her to alternative stages, such as a parking garage and numerous music clubs for popular music.
Christine Pryn has recorded several CDs, receiving remarkable reviews, including 5 stars in BBC Music Magazine for her Poul Ruders chamber music recording with Rudersdal Chamber Players. Her solo album ’Signature,’ where she combines contemporary music with Bach, was also highly praised. Always aiming to blend old and new, familiar and unknown music, she provides audiences with a unique experience. Through collaborations with composers from Denmark and abroad, she has premiered more than 100 works, including concertos, solo pieces, and chamber music.
As a musical entrepreneur, she founded Rudersdal Sommerkoncerter and Rudersdal Chamber Players, initiated international exchange projects, and created interdisciplinary projects and theme concerts on relevant topics.”
“Christine Pryn is a brilliant violinist who plays with great authority, deep insight and an effortless technique. It was a pleasure to work with her, she truly understands the expression of my music and thanks to her devotion and natural musicality she forms every phrase with atmosphere.”
– Giya Kancheli
“Christine Pryn is an insightful musician, with keen understanding and commitment to the music of our time.”
– Lera Auerbach
Awards and Distinctions
2023 Fair Practice Prize of the Danish Composers’ Society
2016 Gloria Artis (Polish medal), Rudersdal Culture Award
2006 Frederiksberg Talent of the Year
2003 Gladsaxe Music Prize
2002 Sonning’s Music Scholarship
2001 Danish Music Critic’s Prize, Frederiksborg Music Prize
1999 Young Soloist in Helsingborg, Sweden
1992-1996 The Royal Danish Academy of Music
1996-1999 Folkwang-Hochschule Essen (prof. Adolphe Mandeau) Künstlerische Abschlussprüfung
1997-2001 Carl Nielsen Academy of Music. Diploma and Master Subsequently private studies with prof. Paavo Pohjola in Helsinki Masterclasses under Christian Tetzlaff, Cho-Liang Lin, Rainer Kussmaul and Leon Spierer
2019-2024 The Four Elements – a four-year artistic/scientific project (delayed due to the pandemic)
2020-2021 Co-founder of Livekoncerten, a streaming channel for classical music
2018 Founder of the series Cool Concerts, Co-founder of Musikforum
2017 Founder of Rudersdal Chamber Players
2017 Four Grey Walls and Four Grey Towers – interdisciplinary project for Golden Days Festival
2017 Theme concerts: The Caribbean Adventure
2015 Theme concerts: Carl Nielsen 360 Degrees
2011 Established Danish-Polish Friendship Prize
2011-2014 Founded and ran Rudersdal Chamber Orchestra
2010 Founder of Rudersdal Sommerkoncerter
2006 Established an ongoing network with musicians from the USA for exchange
2006-2013 Yearly concert series at Glyptoteket
2005 Theme concerts: H.C. Andersen and the Music
2001 Rafal Augustyn i Danmark – concert tour thoughout Denmark presenting the Polish composer
1997-2017 Founded and ran Ensemble Nordlys
1996 Wind Nocturne – commissioned and recorded a piece, which was played through loudspeakers at Rådhuspladsen, the main square in Copenhagen