After growing up in her native Iceland, Elfa Rún moved to Germany, where she studied in Freiburg (Rainer Kussmaul) and Leipzig (Carolin Widmann). To augment her studies, she attended various masterclasses with a.o. Antje Weithaas, Zahkar Bron and the Artemis Quartet. For her special interest in Classical and Romantic historical practice she spent a two-month residency in Paris’ Cité des Arts in 2012 researching the playing style of the period.
She has performed widely to universal acclaim: as a concerto soloist alongside conductors Andre de Ridder, Paul McCreesh, and François-Xavier Roth with orchestras such as the Icelandic Symphony Orchestra, Les Siècles and the Hamburger Symphoniker, and as a soloist and chamber musician in numerous festivals around the world, including the Bachfest Leipzig and the Festival Oude Muziek Utrecht.
Elfa Rún can regularly be seen playing in choreographed concerts as well as in theatre plays. From 2006 she was a member and from 2008 concertmaster of Berlin-based Solistenensemble Kaleidoskop, where she took an active part in developing diverse concert projects until she left the group in 2015. Together with Solistenensemble Kaleidoskop she collaborated with various directors, artists and composers such as Aliénor Dauchez, Sarah Nemtsov and Sasha Waltz.
Her interest in early music drew her to the attention of the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, where she is now a regular guest as soloist and concertmaster. She is a member of the ensemble CONTINUU||M in Berlin, which debuted at the Internationale Orgeltage Nürnbern, the Bachtage Köthen and the Türinger Bachwochen in the 2015/2016 season. Since autumn 2015 she holds a teaching position at the Hochschule für Musik and Theater in Leipzig, Germany.