Mette - profile

Mette Tjaerby-Korneliusen

2nd violin


When and where was your first concert with MCO? 1997 in Landshut.

What’s the best thing about playing with MCO? Playing in an orchestra – which works the same way as a chamber music group – is a privilege. I appreciate the respect everyone shows towards each other and the curiosity to always learn something new. This plus 20 years playing together makes for a very fruitful and inspiring job.

What is your most memorable moment with the orchestra? There are many! But the first long projects playing Don Giovanni with Claudio Abbado and Daniel Harding were particularly special because we created the base from which we have worked ever since.

What is the most difficult aspect of your job? The fact that we are always away from home makes it difficult with a family and children, but it is also the reason why we can work together with such concentration.

What makes the “perfect” concert? When everyone is alert, attentive and focused, connecting with each other and with the music, so that we achieve a level well beyond what we rehearsed.


Mette Tjaerby Korneliusen was born in Denmark in 1975. She lives in Hamburg with her husband and two children, where she plays with the Hamburg Philharmonic State Orchestra. Mette started to play violin at the age of four, and was already a very active orchestral player and chamber musician as a teenager. She founded the Copenhagen Youth Strings orchestra and led several youth orchestras in Copenhagen.

She studied in Copenhagen with Prof. Peder Elbaek, and in London with Prof. Erich Gruenberg. She also attended masterclasses with Igor Ozim, Leon Spiere, Sakari Tepponen, Elise Bådnes, Franco Gulli, Christian Tetzlaff and David Takeno.

Since 1993, Mette has been working with pianist Mimi Kjaer (Duo Mignon). They have performed in Rome, Paris and Kuala Lumpur, as well as in Denmark and Germany.

For ten years she played with the Helios Quartet and had concerts all over Denmark, as well as masterclasses with the Amadeus Quartet. From 1994–6 she was a member of the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra and the European Union Youth Orchestra. She is one of the founding members of the MCO, and has also been a member of the Lucerne Festival Orchestra since 2003.