The Royal Danish Opera – Premiere at Takkelloftet

Together with my ‘partners in crime’, the quartet Kottos, I will be premiering a new opera by composer John Frandsen entitled ‘Martyriet'(Martyrdom) describing the last days of Kaj Munk (1898-1944) the Danish writer, resistance fighter and  priest. Scored for a quartet of accordion, bouzouki, recorder and cello where the two soloparts will be sung by rising star countertenor Morten Grove and the norwegian Soprano Liv Odveig Midtmageli. The premiere will take place at Takkelloftet, The Royal Danish Opera the 28th of January with app. 10 performances in total in february 2017. Composer John Frandsen was recently awarded with the prestigious Carl Nielsen composers prize 2016 and received great acclaim not least for his Requiem(2013) written for The Danish Radio Orchestra.


John Frandsen

photo by Marie Louise Munkegaard

30th anniversary in Danish National Press

The 3 major danish news papers kindly noticed my 30th year anniversary last month. The posted articles is from Jyllandsposten, Berlingske & Politiken.

politiken30års artikel


jyllandsposten 30års

article in Danish here

Berlingske 30 årsArticle in Danish here





Happy New Year: 2016!

Happy New Year!

2016 will be an exciting year. Already this spring I will perform Astor Piazzollas Concerto ‘Aconcagua’ together with the Prague Radio Orchestra and together with the Danish National Radio Orchestra I will be doing the Danish premiere of Christian Winther Christensens double concerto for accordion, cello & orchestra. The concert will take place the 10th of March during Pulsar – Festival for Contemporary Music.

Other exciting tasks include the work on a new concerto by Anders Koppel (pictured above) which will be premiered the summer of 2017.
 Here is a little live-video from another piece, Concerto Piccolo, which Anders and I collaborated on a few years back:


Cph Chamber Music Festival 2015

In september I had the great pleasuse to perform some of my favourite chamber music pieces together with some of the finest ensembles and musicians out there:

Trio con Brio, Apollon Musagete Quartet, Thorleif Theeden a.o.

music by Poul Ruders, Sofia Gubaidulina, Astor Piazzolla, Niels Viggo Bentzon a.0.

Cph Chamber Music Festival 2015

Photo from opening concert

From left: Soo-Jin Hong, Bartoscz Zachlod, Bjarke Mogensen, Torleif Thedéen

Premiere at Nordic Music Days 2015

After a succesful world premiere of Sunleif Rasmussens ‘En Drøm’ at Nordic Music Days, Kottos Ensemble did a late-night session among the statues of The Kings’ Lapidarium.



Photo by Svend Ravnkilde



‘Mobile- Works for solo accordion’ recieves 5 star review in Politiken

“This release will convert the sceptic to contemporary classical music” – Thomas Michelsen Politiken, 11.08.15

Read the full review in danish here

Order album online on:

Gateway Music – Record Label

Itunes (digital sale)

Danacord record store – Cph  (physical sale)





new solo album in august

Through the past 7 years I have been collaborating regularly with composer Martin Lohse on a series of works which has now been recorded for a solo album released on both Vinyl and cd. The release concert will be the 11th of august and will be held in the new “black-box” auditorium of The Royal Academy of Music being the first concert to take place in this brand new venue.

Bjarke Mogensen : Martin Lohse


Listen to Passing I on soundcloud:

Nielsen TURNS 150 – upcoming performance with the Danish Chamber Players

In the coming months I will be performing my own transcriptions of two Carl Nielsen symphonic favourites together with The Danish Chamberplayers aka. Storstrøms Kammerensemble. The hymn-like and atmospheric piece Saga Dream together with the powerful Helios Overture from 1903. The programme will also include some of Nielsens most important musical ‘children/grand-children’ such as Vagn Holmboe and Per Nørgård. Looking very much forward!

Austrian newspaper ‘Der Standard’ reviews new doubleconcerto

The premiere of Christian Winther Christensens doubleconcerto for accordion, cello & Orchestra with the Tiroler Philharmonie conducted by Francesco Angelico. Heres a nice review from the opening concert of the Klangspuren Festival:

Microtonal delight – a new instrument has arrived

My brand new instrument a Microtonal Pigini Nova arrived last year. It was custom made with a set of additional quarter tonal reed blocks. So far my first big project which includes the use of this wonder will be premiering a new opera by Karsten Fundal in 2015. More on this later. Thanks to Oticon Fonden, Augustinus Fonden and Den Obelske Familiefond their support in realizing this unique instrument.