Danish String Quartet (Elbphilharmonie Talk)

Elbphilharmonie Talk with the Danish String Quartet

In the podcast, violinist Rune Tonsgaard Sørensen discusses the symbiosis between music and dance, and why, as a classical musician, it sometimes feels as if you were running a company.

The Danish String Quartet is one of the most highly regarded string quartets in the classical music world. The three founding members got to know each other at a Danish summer camp when they were children, and they have remained close ever since. Having since added a fourth member, they now like to compare themselves to Vikings because of their beards, and are curious and eager to experiment with their repertoire. In the podcast, violinist Rune Tonsgaard Sørensen talks about how they choose their repertoire, why music activates all the senses and whether it’s true that musicians are terrible at dancing. He also explains how important it is, even as a classical musician, to be open to change, and to build your own brand – which can sometimes make it feel as if you were running a company.

»To tell you the truth I have no idea who started this Viking comparison. We basically look like everyone else in Copenhagen!«

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Danish String Quartet
The Danish String Quartet at their concert in the Elbphilharmonie © Daniel Dittus

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