Asbjorn Ibsen Bruun

Asbjørn Ibsen Bruun

Co-principal horn with the Iceland Symphony Orchestra

Aalborg Symphony Orchestra

Principal horn of the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester

Substitute horn with the RSO Wien, Danish State Radio Symphony Orchestra and Copenhagen Philharmonic


What is the best thing about playing the horn?

The best thing about playing the horn is that it's the instrument with the most beautiful sound in the orchestra. However, you constantly have to be on edge. It is one of the most difficult instruments to master, and therefore it is so much more exhilarating when you succeed. I know that in the moment when I'm not 100% concentrated I might make a mistake. I can never rely on my instincts. That is both the best and worst thing about the horn.

If you could ask any composer one question, who would you pick and what would you ask him/her?

I'd ask Richard Strauss if he wants to marry me.

What is your guilty pleasure that you only listen to in secret?

Boybands from the 90's. The music I grew up with and the most important ingredient in any party. I also exclusively listen to Edith Piaf when cooking for the right French bistro feeling. It makes me chop onions more finely. 

If you had a super power, what would it be?

I play the horn. I basically already have a super power. 

What has been your best AMK moment so far?

Playing the finale of Mahler's 1st Symphony (the part depicting the flames of hell) while a tremendous thunderstorm was going on outside.

Describe AMK in three words.

Young, hot, and available.