The San Diego Union-Tribune
Catherine Gaugh
November 14, 2019

After hearing the achingly beautiful sounds both sublime and searing in the playing of the Danish String Quartet, it is difficult to believe that they never planned to be professional musicians, much less one of the leading quartets of their generation.

They were 11, 12 and 13 years old when they met at a summer music camp outside Copenhagen. They became instant best friends.

“We were normal Danish boys doing normal Danish things,” said Asbjørn Nørgaard, who plays the viola in the group. “We hung out and played football.”

They also shared an early passion for chamber music: listening to it, reading it and, ultimately, playing it.

Not long after, “we became a string quartet,” he said. “We were given lessons, and did a few concerts, just for fun. We never took classical music seriously and never had the idea we would make a living at it.”