Takacs Quartet’s Dusinberre on music and health

An article in The Guardian explores a most unusual topic: Life insurance for string quartet players

By Peter Alexander

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Edward Dusinberre

Edward Dusinberre, the first violinist of the Takacs Quartet, CU artist-in-residence and Ralph E. and Barbara L. Christoffersen Faculty Fellow at the CU College of Music, writes in The Guardian:

The foundation of a string quartet is formed over a long period of time from the musical and personal bonds that evolve between four individuals. Nonetheless, the decision we took several years ago to purchase life insurance polices for each other felt awkward. Until we became accustomed to our peculiar status as each other’s beneficiaries, minor illnesses were observed with wry attentiveness.

The article gives a peek into the inner workings of one of the world’s most celebrated string quartets, and also serves as teaser for Dusinberre’s book, Beethoven for a Later Age: The Journey of a String Quartet published in England by Faber and Faber and coming later this spring from Chicago University Press in the United States.

Read the entire article in The Guardian.

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