>Snobbefri violinist Kim Sjøgren<


Kim Sjøgren age of 60 d. 17 December 2015.
On this occasion wrote the papers following:

"He strokes snobberiet of classical music."

Violinist Kim Sjøgren said goodbye to his job as concertmaster in the Royal Chapel and the classical music's beloved entertainer.

How to become a classical musician, a star in popular circles?

Violinist Kim Sjøgren has its usnobbede approach to music and his interaction with television entertainers and Eurovision stars ironed deep into the Danish culture.

He plays Bear Tidmand songs and Bach sonatas with equal fervor, for which Sjøgren says: "It's not about what one player, but about how to express themselves on the instrument."

Even Kim Sjøgren a remarkable talent. He grew up in the Central Jutland village of Bryrup and got an accordion in his hands even as a biennial. But it was the violin, his fingers tingled to unfold. Quickly he changed his accordion out with strings instrument in quart size, and three appeared Sjögren first time publicly.

His mother, who was music and dance educator, taught his son, and concurrently he sought inspiration from prominent professional violinists. With diligence and perseverance, he managed to play to a student at the Royal Academy of Music. Kim Sjøgren was 12 years old and went to school next door.

It was difficult for him to fit both violin study and homework is satisfactory, then in eighth grade, he went out of school to devote himself to music full time. It was a good choice - the talent and workability carried him forward, and Kim Sjøgren debuted in Marselisborg Hall at age 17. He traveled abroad to refine his technique, returned to Denmark and won a violin position in the Royal Chapel.

As only 22 he wrote history by being the youngest concertmaster, the orchestra had ever hired.

A single father - and freelancer
In 14 years accompanied Sjøgren ballets and operas in the orchestra pit at the Royal Theatre. He was married to a ballerina, became the father of two daughters - and divorced.

It was impossible to combine life as a single father with two small children who still needed to be cared for and placed, with the long evening performances at the theater. Kim Sjøgren went to his boss to ask about getting a part-time arrangement. It was unheard of; he ended up slamming the door and never set his instrument in the royal orchestra pit again.

Instead threw the enterprising violinist himself into a career as a freelance musician.

He bled the classical concerto little stiff shapes up by announcing its programs orally from the stage and mixing Bach and Beethoven with popular numbers.

"What happened was lucky that I found a whole new way of presenting classical music," said Sjøgren recently when he was a guest in "Finnsk therapy" with Finn Nørbygaard on Radio 24syv.

In ear level with all
People loved violinist's casual style, and Kim Sjøgren have someone knew how to communicate at ear level with all listeners. In his musical childhood, he was namely trained to perform at soup-rose-and-ice-concerts with his family.

He teamed up with Tommy Kenter and other entertainers. Besides playing, he wrote music for film and television and performed with top of the pops, including Birthe Kjær, Anne Linnet, Sebastian and DJ Aligator. He recorded extensively CDs and today has a discography of over 50 titles - both Christmas plates, popular classic hits and great violin concertos by among others Beethoven.

One of the more sensational discs contain Kim Sjøgren's self-composed "Concerto for Violin and Orchestra", which he premiered with Randers Chamber Orchestra in 2011, Saxo Bank's headquarters in Tuborg Harbour. Qua personal contacts in the company traveled the enterprising violinist money for the construction and recording the odd piece that contains both Hollywood Themes and folk musical excesses.

As a soloist Kim Sjøgren mark at home and abroad at the head of the Little Mermaid Orchestra - an ironing ensemble, which he since 1997 has hand-picked female musicians from the Royal Academy of Music, the Royal Danish Orchestra and the National Symphony Orchestra. The repertoire - from the great classical works, popular hits, folk, jazz and evergreens.

Kim Sjøgren is aware of the importance of passing on his skills to younger generations. In 2004 he returned to the Royal Academy of Music, where he was trained to be a professor of violin and chamber music. He has also appeared as a judge in several of DR's classical talent programs, including "Play for Life".

Teacher in entertainment
Most recently, Kim Sjögren on the screen as a teacher in DR's entertainment program "Wonderful Child", where six of the country's brightest children competed in particular piano, violin, singing, percussion and ballet in Saturday prime time.

In 2013, he was hailed as an ambassador for the organization Music & Youth.
He has garnered prestigious accolades over the decades of his musical efforts. LO's cultural award, Jacob Gade Grant, Peder Moller Music Prize and Music notifier Artist Price is among the distinctions he has earned. Kim Sjøgren's father to a total of four children, and residence north of Copenhagen shows that career provides a good return.

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