“Bjarke Mogensen is an astonishment on record. Once heard, never forgotten.”
Norman Lebrecht / The Arts Journal.
Bjarke Mogensen was born in 1985 on the Danish Island of Bornholm. Aged 7 he had his first lessons on the accordion. At the age of 13 he made his debut as a soloist in a German TV broadcast with the Munich Symphony Orchestra with millions of viewers. Since then an unusual curiosity and search for new sounds and expressions of his instrument has taken him where few accordionist have ventured before as a highly sought-after soloist in the classical music world.
Bjarke Mogensen studied at the Royal Danish Academy of Music as a pupil of Geir Draugsvoll and today he teaches accordion and chamber music at the same place.
Already during his studies, Bjarke Mogensen had his solo debut-recital 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 Bjarke received the Danish Music Critics Artists Prize – all firsts for the accordion.
Bjarke Mogensen has given solo concerts all over the world from New York to Moscow, from Iceland to Turkey. He has performed chamber music with violinists Augustin Dumay and Gidon Kremer and cellist Andreas Brantelid. 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, conducted by maestros such as John Storgårds, Francesco Angelico, Rafael Payare, Lan Shui, Rolf Gupta, Leos Svarovský, Thomas Søndergaard and Vladimir Spivakov.
A long succession of collaborations with prominent living composers has resulted in many new compositions – concertos, chamber music and solo works – dedicated to Bjarke Mogensen.
His 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.
Bjarke plays the Pigini Mythos Accordion No.5 and is one of very few accordionists in the world who plays the quartertonal accordion. An instrument which was custom made in Italy.