Richard Dahl Eriksen

Biography

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Vuggevise (Lullaby), by Fini Henriques 
Performers: Richard Dahl Eriksen, violin and Arne Dalring, piano

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Nocturne for Viola and String Orchestra, by Hilding Rosenberg
Performers: Richard Dahl Eriksen and The Danish Nation Radio Orchestra



This webpage is dedicated to my beloved grandfather, Richard Dahl Eriksen. Richard was born on March 1st, 1918 in Detroit, Michigan, and died October 4th, 1988 in Copenhagen, Denmark. He was the only son of Rita Jenny Dahl (1882-1972), and Jens Eriksen (1880-1945) who was an inspector at the Ford Motor Company. Richard Dahl Eriksen married Ulla Marie Hansine Christiansen in 1943 at Gerskov Church in Gerskov, Denmark. They had one daughter named Anna-Rita Dahl Eriksen Perkins in 1945. 

Richard was educated on both violin and viola at the Royal Danish Music Conservatory, and concluded his musical training with René Benedetti at the Paris Conservatory. Later in his life, Richard taught at the Danish Royal Conservatory and mentored many students, including the first prize winner of the First International Carl Nielsen Violin Competition, Kathleen Winkler. In 1971, Mr. Dahl Eriksen began conducting the Gladsaxe Symphony Orchestra. Richard also spent many summers conducting and performing at Askov Folk High School. Then on April 13th, 1984, Mr. Dahl Eriksen received the Knighthood of Danneborg, given to him by Queen Margrethe II of Denmark. He is fondly remembered for his sense of humor and unique tie collection.

Chamber Music

Dahl Eriksen Kvartetten



In 1943, Mr. Dahl Eriksen became the first violinist and founding member of the Dahl Eriksen Quartet. Aage Fredberg Knudsen was the second violinist, and godfather to Anna-Rita Dahl Perkins. Richard Hansen was the violist and Jarl Hansen was the cellist of the quartet. Then in 1951, Richard switched to viola and, along with Villy Kær and Allan Scou on violin, and Jørgen Friisholm on cello, they formed the Musica Vitalis Quartet.

Later in his career, Richard formed Den Danske Harpetrio with Hideko and Peter Bondesen. This trio ensemble for viola, harp and flute, was established with the purpose of expanding the repertoire for this particular combination of instruments. For instance, the composition Flarva I, was written in 1982 by Danish composer Leif Thybo, and was premiered at the Askov Summer Music Festival. This piece was included in the group's 1984 album.

Orchestra

In terms of his orchestral career, Mr. Dahl Eriksen played in the Copenhagen Philharmonic, also known as the Tivoli Symphony Orchestra, from 1942 to 1948. And then from 1948 to 1988, he served as the principal violist of the Danish National Radio Orchestra. Richard traveled with the orchestra on many tours around the world. For the United States tour in 1952, the orchestra performed 39 concerts in 38 cities over 47 days. Even after his retirement, Richard continued to play and tour with the orchestra as an assistant.
Danish Radio Symphony

For more information, please read the book Radiosymfoniorkesteret 75 år (1925-2000).

Publications

From 1950 to 1988, Richard Dahl Eriksen has been published in a total of 9 works in 11 publications and 2 languages. These pieces are internationally held in 22 libraries.

Sheet Music Editions:
Duo for fløjte og viola, op. 37 (1939) by Svend Erik Tarp

Symfonie Nr. 6 Sinfonia Semplice by Carl Nielsen

Variationer for klarinet, viola og fagot, op. 4 (1974) by Knudåge Riisager

Maskarade by Carl Nielsen

Trio for flute, viola and guitar by Anton Diabelli

Recordings:
Quartet in G major for flute, guitar, viola and 'cello by Wenzel Matiegka

Trio for flute, viola and guitar by Anton Diabelli

Diabelli, Fürstenau

Den Danske Harpe Trio Album