© Caroline Bittencourt

Rune Glerup’s works have been compared to objects a person can walk around. His muiscal objects define their own space, create contexts for one another and can masquerade as other entities entirely.

From his early work Trio (2000), Glerup started to explore how these distinct objects might generation friction with one another. The technique is taken forward in objets/décalages (2008), dust encapsulated #1 (2008-09) and #2 (2009), and Concerto for Piano and Orchestra (2009-10) which both harnesses and kicks against musical dogmas.

Glerup’s Symphony (2015-16) is an example of heightened imagination controlled by chiseled, functionalist mechanics while Six Movements for Piano Trio (2016-17) extends a Nordic tradition for drilling deep into simple ideas by subjecting them to standard structural forms.

Glerup has collaborated with the London Sinfonietta, Ensemble Intercontemporain, Athelas Sinfonietta Copenhagen, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, SWR Symphony Orchestra Stuttgart and the Venice Biennale.

Andrew Mellor, 2020


" Om Lys og Lethed (About Light and Lightnes) "

For violin and orchestra

Wilhelm Hansen



My violin concerto would never have been written if I had not met Isabelle Faust. At a time when I had not written a single note for several months, doubting if I would ever write anything again, her interest and energy was the cause of new inspiration. Just as important was her special way of playing - with intellect, heart and a rare, delicate sensibility. Her personality and musicianship struck a chord in me, in my music, which gave my thoughts a new direction. The violin concerto marks a change in my music towards a simpler and lighter expression. An expression that also contains detached glimpses from my childhood's endless summers by the North Sea. Birds, high and slow on a blue sky, and the evening quietly descending. The special light, the distant sounds. But also the confusion, repetitions and dead ends of the world. An expression that, more than in my previous music, is "About Light and Lightness."

Rune Glerup, 2021