Larsen Strings’ Founder Retires After 30 Plus Years

From left to proper: New Larsen Strings CEO Thomas Petersen and former CEO and founder Laurits Th. Larsen (Picture credit score: Björn Sörensen)


Larsen Strings was based in 1990 by violinist Laurits Th. Larsen. Primarily based in Sønderborg, Denmark, the corporate produces high-quality strings for viola, violin, and cello, that are at the moment bought in over 40 international locations globally. Right here at The Violin Channel, we look ahead to our collaboration with Larsen Strings as a brand new VC Gold Associate

Larsen is succeeded by Thomas Petersen as firm CEO, who holds a few years of administration expertise by internationally oriented manufacturing firms. 

Whereas he retires his put up, Larsen will stay each proprietor and board member of the corporate and can proceed to contribute to Larsen Strings’ inventive course of and product growth for a few years to come back.

“Now’s the proper time. I really feel it. There are such a lot of different issues I wish to do,” Larsen mentioned after 32 years of main the corporate himself. “I had by no means actually dreamt of changing into a director. I’ve all the time been pushed by my ardour for music and know-how and I’m each glad and so proud that now we have come so far as now we have.”  

Studying the violin at age 11, Mr. Larsen attended the Danish Nationwide Academy of Music and gained a Danish Jacob Gade Basis grant in 1975 for his taking part in. Touring to the U.S. for additional research, he later joined the South Denmark Philharmonic, which, alongside the Kronberg Academy, is now a Larsen Strings accomplice.

Larsen Strings started in 1990 when Mr. Larsen determined to attempt to make his personal instrument strings. He began producing strings in his house storage utilizing instruments that have been greater than 100 years previous. At the moment, he obtained a request for 300 cello strings for an American colleague. 

After 18 months of effort, a newly developed cello A-string was created. Tried by his Danish and German colleagues on the time, the string’s reputation grew, as did the corporate, when ready lists for Larsen’s strings expanded. Moreover, Larsen’s curiosity in science led him to create new high-tech manufacturing strategies for his strings. 

At this time, Larsen Strings has superior automated manufacturing of a variety of strings which can be performed and reviewed by {many professional} musicians all over the world together with Sheku Kanneh-Mason, Johannes Moser, in addition to at the moment featured Larsen Performing Artist Anne Akiko Meyers, whose revered 1741 “Ex-Vieuxtemps” Guarneri del Gesu violin “could be very pleased with the Larsen Solo Il Cannone strings.”

“I go away an exceedingly wholesome enterprise to new management and now will prioritize spending extra time on music, artwork, and tradition and but nonetheless be concerned in what I believe is essentially the most fascinating half which is product growth,” Larsen mentioned. “I very a lot look ahead to this.”

“I’ve to fill some massive sneakers — however I’m actually wanting ahead to getting began,” mentioned Petersen. “It’s my clear ambition to steer Larsen Strings within the spirit by which it was created. We’re strong each by way of funds and values – and that’s the place to begin which we have to additional develop and discover new alternatives sooner or later.” 

“With Thomas Petersen, now we have discovered a really competent chief to proceed Larsen Strings…We’ve got a really robust group. We’ve got what we have to exit and broaden throughout much more of the musical world within the coming years,” added Chairman of the Board, Theiss Stenstrøm.