New KOTTOS disc Receives Radio Listeners Prize from Danish State Radio

Our new album from my quartet KOTTOS received the P2 Radio Listeners Prize. The other nominees included the outstanding Raphael De Burgos & The National Danish Radio Orchestra as well as Barbara Hannigan and Hans Abrahamsens new album Let Me Tell You which has already received worldwide acclaim. Needless to say we were in outstanding company which makes this prize even more surreal. The new album is in many ways exceptional consisting exclusively on our own compositions including three of these by yours truly.  Thank you everyone who took the time to leave us a vote!

Folk music from lands that never existed. Includes compositions by Bjarke Mogensen a.o.

Kottos (2016) Gateway Music

Order album here

KOTTOS P2 Radio Nomination !

Great news for my quartet of great and curious musicians. KOTTOS has been nominated for the Danish P2 State Radio Listeners Prize for our new album released may 2016. Please take two seconds to leave a vote for us on this link :

New Light Messiah – December Concerts

2 years ago the conductor and composer Bo Holten asked me if I wanted to do a completely new version together of Handels Messiah with his Musica Ficta a leading danish Vocal Ensemble. Using my accordion for such an epic masterpiece was very tempting but also quite a challenge so I came up with the idea of inviting my friends from KOTTOS . 8 singers singing all parts accompanied by a quartet of accordion, bouzouki, recorder & cello.
The premiere received great reviews last year a.o. 5 hearts in the National Newspaper Politiken.

Skt. Pauls Kirke, København – 15. december kl. 19.00
Skt. Nicolai Kirke, Rønne – 17. december kl. 16.00
Hans Tausens Kirke, København – 18. december kl. 16.00

looking back

It has been a while since my last update so heres a few glimpses of the last couple of months:



Jury member at the International Accordion Competition in Harbin China.



I had the pleasure of giving a lecture at the university of Harbin in Danish accordion tradition and present a couple of of my newest commissions of composers from Europe ending with a demonstration of my quartertonal accordion-part in the Opera ‘Leaves’.



In august I was celebrating the Danish Chamber Players ( Ensemble Storstrøm) 25th year Anniversary at the idyllic surroundings of Fuglsang with a performance of Per Nørgårds accordion concerto ‘Recall’ (1968). Here I was introduced to the brand new hall KUMUS where I recently had the great pleasure of recording Martin Lohses 5 Momenti Mobile with a couple of great musicians including my colleague Claudio Jacomucci, violinist Christina Strand and cellist Toke Møldrup.





At Bornholm they broadcasted a performance of a sonata by Domenico Scarlatti and an excerpt of me and Martin Lohses Album ‘Mobile – Works for solo accordion’ (2015)

Speaking of Scarlatti: Soon I will have a brand new soloalbum coming out…more on this later!



Masterclass at the Royal Academy – London

In June I had the pleasure of giving Masterclass at RAM in London. Thanks to Prof. Owen Murray and his wonderful accordion class for great hospitality and introduction to the bright future of the accordion in London.

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Folk music from lands that never existed. Includes compositions by Bjarke Mogensen a.o.

Kottos – album release

Kottos quartets first album out now and ready for orders ! I am delighted to share the music with these wonderful musicians where I also have my composing debut with a few brand new tracks. Visit and order your copy now!

Also check out the brand new video of Kottos in Admiral Gjeddes Gaard by Unseen Recordings


Music Critic’s Artist Prize 2016

This week the union of music critics of Denmark awarded me and Eva Steinaa, principal Oboist of the National Danish Radio Orchestra with the annual Music Critic’s Artist Prize. The event took place before a concert perfomance of Steve Reichs music for 18 musicians in Tivoli Concert Hall presented by the chairman of the union, Henrik Friis.



Æreskunstner i Østermarie 2016

I den forgangne måned blev et fonemt æresdiplom uddelt og et vejskilt sat op ved folkekøkkenet i Østermarie.
En stor tak til alle de implicerede! (Se program i nedenstående billeder)






Czech Radio Performance

Last month I had the privilege of performing Astor Piazzollas Concierto para Bandoneon with the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra. A phenomenal group of musicians conducted by maestro Tomas Brauner. The concert was broadcasted live on Czech Radio and included an exciting programme of seldom heard orchestral masterworks by Shostakovich, Khatchaturian, Schulhoff and Piazzolla. The concert took place in the legendary Smetana Hall – Municipal House in the heart of Prague. If you get the chance don’t hesitate; go and hear this wonderful orchestra.


Chromatische Weltmusik – Upcoming Danish premiere with the Danish Radio Orchestra

Back in 2013 the hurricane named ‘Bodil’ was preventing the 100th anniversary concert of the Danish Composers Society from taking place and thereby postponing the premiere of Christian Winther Christensens double concerto for accordion and cello ‘Chromatische Weltmusik’ with the Danish Radio Orchestra. Cellist Toke Møldrup and I was therefore going to Innsbruck a year later to give this wonderful piece its first perfomance together with the Tiroler Symphony Orchestra and conductor Francesco Angelico at the Klangspuren Festival for contemporary music.

Luckily for Toke and I The Danish Radio Orchestra decided to programme this work during this season and the Danish Premiere will take place in the Royal Academy of Music together with conductor Brad Lubmann. The programme will also feature works by Martin Stauning and Poul Ruders a.o.

read the full programme for Pulsar Festial 2016  here



Picture from the dress rehearsal just before the storm broke loose and prevented the concert from taking place. The rehearsal was recorded and lead by Thomas Søndergaard which later earned the composer Christian Winther Christensen a 3rd prize at the International Rostrum of Composers.