Professionals and Cons of Marrying One other Musician

The Violin Channel was curious to know the professionals and cons of being in a relationship with a fellow musician.

Daniel Foster, Principal Violist of the Nationwide Symphony Orchestra, and Adria Sternstein Foster, Principal Flutist for the Kennedy Middle Opera Home Orchestra, have been married for 21 years! Of their expertise…


  1. Partner offers you frank and unvarnished musical recommendation.
  2. Throughout a world pandemic, you’ve gotten somebody to make music with throughout lockdowns.
  3. Your children turn into wonderful concert-goers.
  4. Your partner doesn’t thoughts while you flip up the amount to ear-splitting ranges on Shostakovich’s tenth (2nd motion) within the automotive.
  5. Having a companion who shares your musical pursuits and keenness is a superb pleasure.


  1. Partner offers you frank and unvarnished musical recommendation.
  2. All you speak about at dinner is conductors.
  3. Neither of you’ll be able to stand up early within the morning.
  4. Troublesome to seek out an opportunity for a night out.
  5. It’s arduous to consider cons for the Violin Channel characteristic when each of you’ve gotten jobs you’re keen on in the identical metropolis!
Daniel Foster and Adria Sternstein Foster


Pianist Jens Elvekjaer and cellist Soo-Kyung Hong first met in 1997 in Vienna whereas finding out, and shortly started enjoying collectively as a cello-piano duo. Simply two years later, they established Denmark’s Trio con Brio Copenhagen and had three weddings! In the event that they rely all three, they have been married for over 20 years, and have discovered a factor or two…


  1. It’s a privilege and really particular for us to share life, love, ardour, household, and work practically 24/7 for over a quarter-century! We spend extra time collectively than anybody we all know. Discuss a work-life stability!
  2. As you’ll be able to think about, each personally and professionally, now we have had an amazing array of life-altering experiences — each joyous and, at instances, painful. All of this filters into our music-making and bonds us collectively.
  3. We feed off one another’s creativity and really feel we are able to extra effortlessly obtain our desires collectively than if we had been “solo.” We really feel we’re in sync and are grateful that we stability one another out.
  4. We function reliable advisors and mentors to one another and worth every others’ recommendation on each stage. It appears to work!
  5. Touring advantages: no want to go away the opposite behind at dwelling, we solely want to order one resort room, and, we are able to carry our 8 years-old daughter — a useful technique to share enriching journey experiences collectively as a household!


  1. No matter how tumultuous a rehearsal, now we have to dine and sleep collectively on the finish of the day!
  2. In some way, work all the time appears shut at hand. We can not assist however carry our rehearsal discussions to the dinner desk and at bedtime. It’s typically unattainable to attract a crystal clear line between work and household life. And, if that is not sufficient, the third member of our trio is a sister/sister-in-law! At instances an actual household drama can unfold, or as we are saying, a “Okay-drama”!
  3. Worrying moments can happen at precisely the identical time!  Uh… “Who tackles the dishes immediately earlier than heading to the stage to carry out the Beethoven Triple?!!
  4. We really feel now we have really grown collectively, like yin & yang, however now and again we turn into anxious about not all the time being there for each other.
  5. As we’re keenly conscious of our strengths and weaknesses like no different, we will be probably the most supportive to 1 one other, but in addition probably the most brutally trustworthy!
Jens Elvekjaer and Soo-Kyung Hong



Pianist Wu Han and cellist David Finckel, co-artistic administrators of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Middle, have been married for 37 years! That they had a special method of taking a look at it…

  1. Professional: You’re collectively loads
    Con: You’re collectively loads
  2. Professional: You’re aside loads
    Con: you’re aside loads
  3. Professional: You’re there for one another when one in all you is nervous
    Con: You’re nervous on your partner
  4. Professional: You possibly can work carefully along with your partner
    Con: You want your personal house to essentially work
  5. Professional: When the test arrives, it’s for each of you
    Con: When the test arrives, you need to cut up it
Wu Han and David Finckel

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