Born on the Danish Island of Bornholm, Bjarke Mogensen quickly made a name for himself as an internationally acclaimed accordion virtuoso and as a versatile musician with a keen ear for different styles. At the age of 13 he made his debut as a soloist with the Munich Symphony Orchestra in a German TV broadcast with millions of viewers. Since then an unusual curiosity and search for new sounds and expressions has taken him on musical paths where few other musicians have ventured before as a highly sought-after soloist in the classical music world.
Already during his studies, Bjarke Mogensen had his solo debut-recital at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, New York and the same year he won the P2 Radio Chamber Music Competition with his duo MYTHOS as well as the Almere International Chamber Music Competition in 2013. He took 1st prize in the European Broadcast Unions “New Talent” competition in Bratislava and a few years later Mogensen received the Danish Music Critics Artist Prize – all firsts for the accordion.
Bjarke has given solo concerts all over the world from New York to Moscow, from Iceland to China. He has performed chamber music in duo with among others violinist Gidon Kremer and violist Tatjana Masurenko. As a soloist he has worked with orchestras such as the Moscow Virtuosi, Kremerata Baltica, Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra, The Tiroler Symphony Orchestra, the Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Prague Radio Orchestra and the Copenhagen Philharmonic.
Bjarke Mogensen’s repertoire is almost unlimited, with a span ranging from folk music and accordion classics over his own arrangements and transcriptions to brand new works for accordion as well as improvisation.
A series of his award-winning recordings have been released by the British label Orchid Classics as well as the national Danish record label Dacapo-Records.
Bjarke Mogensen plays the Mythos Accordion No.5 often described as the Stradivarius of the accordion. He is also among the very few accordionists in the world who plays the quarter tonal accordion, an instrument which was custom made in Italy. Bjarke Mogensen graduated from the soloist class at the Royal Danish Academy of Music, where he now is an associate professor of accordion and chamber music.
Future engagements include the Canadian, Finnish and Russian premiere of Danish composer Poul Ruders’ accordion concerto Sound and Simplicity. Yet another grand new work for the accordion written for and dedicated to Bjarke Mogensen.