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“Bjarke Mogensen is an astonishment on record. Once heard, never forgotten”. So writes one of the world’s leading music critics, Norman Lebrecht. Bjarke Mogensen (b. 1985 on the island of Bornholm) is the new star of the accordion in a country where there are already fine accordion traditions. He is one of those rare talents who seems to have been born with his instrument. Bjarke Mogensen had his instrument strapped to his shoulders at the age of seven. Within just a few years he had reached an amazingly high standard. At 13 he made his debut as a soloist in a German TV broadcast with the Munich Symphony Orchestra. At 14 he both won the Gold Medal and the Talent Prize in the Berlingske Tidende Music Competition and received the Jacob Gade Grant. His popular breakthrough in Denmark came when he won DR TV’s soloist competition "Spil for Livet", and the same year won the Victor Borge Music Prize. He trained with Geir Draugsvoll at the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen and today himself teaches chamber music in the same place.

Bjarke Mogensen has given solo concerts in many parts of the world, from New York to Moscow, from Iceland to Turkey. He has played chamber music with the violinist Augustin Dumay and performs regularly with Gidon Kremer and his world famous ensemble Kremerata Baltica. As a soloist he has also worked with orchestras like the Moscow Virtuosi, the Danish National Symphony Orchestra and the Copenhagen Philharmonic, conducted by among others John Storgårds, Lan Shui and Vladimir Spivakov. His repertoire is almost unlimited and ranges from folk music and his own transcriptions to brand new works for accordion. 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.

www.bjarkemogensen.com

Live Dates

29/02/2012   Debutkoncert med trumf på
Bjarke Mogensen lægger trumf på sin solistdebut med to markante CD-udgivelser for Dacapo Records
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29/02/2012   New video: Accordion Concertos
Se video med interviews og indspilningsarbejde for Bjarke Mogensens nye CD med DR UnderholdningsOrkestret
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10/07/2015   American Record Guide

Christensen: Busy Bees & Birds
"Mogens Christensen’s record of works for recorders, accordion, and guitar is very aptly titled “Busy Bees and Birds”. The music is light and quick, with passages of longer held tones and passages of pointillistic textures. With no real bass instrument, the upper register is privileged. The music isn’t aggressively dissonant, but isn’t resolutely tonal either. Melodies meander through different keys or modes, seldom settling down. There is clear allusion to folk or traditional tunes in both specific themes and in a general style or attitude. These short pieces are interesting to listen to for a bit, but sound monotonous when stretched over the course of 80 minutes. Birds of a Winter Night (1996–2014), for bass recorder and electronics, is a slight change; but the bass recorder has a feeble low end, and the electronics are in the background."
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01/06/2015   Gramophone

Mogens Christensen: Busy Bees and Birds
"From the current crop of composers Mogens Christensen is among the most significant."
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01/02/2013   Opus

Accordion Concertos
6/6 Stars

"Bjarke har ett otroligt fint anslag och är virtuos, humoristisk, djupsinnig och helt enkelt underbar!"
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01/07/2012   Gramophone

Accordion Concertos
”…superbly recorded, the Dacapo sound securing a well-nigh ideal balance of soloist and ensemble (…) pleasurable listening pure and simple.”
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01/07/2012   International Record Review

Accordion Concertos
"I enjoyed every note of it and strongly suggest that you do yourself the same favour" IRR - OUTSTANDING
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29/06/2012   Thewholenote.com

Accordion Concertos
"Mogensen makes his brutal technical part sound so easy in this quasi minimalistic exercise in shifting fluid breathtaking sounds."
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21/06/2012   Bornholms Tidende

Kasper Rofelt: The song I'll never sing - Works for Accordion
"Denne cd udstiller en smuk balance mellem det teknisk virtuose, indbygget i kompositionerne, og det udadvendte kunstneriske."
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21/06/2012   Bornholms Tidende

Accordion Concertos
"Det væsentligste på denne udgivelse er hvordan akkordeonet i hænderne på en kompetent solist kan bryde grænser ned for hvad instrumentet kan udtrykke."
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24/05/2012   Amazon-review

Accordion Concertos
"Whether you're after fresh sounds, virtuoso performances, or just plain good music-making, this recording fills the bill"
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18/05/2012   Amazon-review

Accordion Concertos
"Repeated listening (...) should bring a new appreciation for the accordion"
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15/05/2012   Infodad.com

Accordion Concertos
4/5 Stars

"Bjarke Mogensen seems able to make the accordion into something it does not naturally appear to be: an instrument of considerable emotional range, tonal impact and sonic beauty"
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13/05/2012   San Francisco Chronicle

Accordion Concertos
"The most beautiful, dramatic and sheerly irresistible disc of new music to cross my desk in months"
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30/04/2012   The Globe and Mail (Canada)

Accordion Concertos
4/5 Stars

"A virtuoso performance by the brilliant young Danish accordionist, Bjarke Mogensen."
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30/04/2012   WRUV Reviews

Accordion Concertos
"No oompah here, mostly gentle and lyrical. Nice!"
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30/04/2012   La Scena Musicale

Accordion Concertos
4/5 Stars

"Like an aural set of Northern Lights... Weird and scintillating stuff."
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11/04/2012   Fyens Stiftstidende

Accordion Concertos
4/6 Stars

"Lohses let minimalistiske stil matcher accordeonens mange muligheder og især Bjarke Mogensens talentfulde spil glimrende."
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01/04/2012   Morgenavisen Jyllands-Posten

Kasper Rofelt: The song I'll never sing - værker for accordeon
5/6 Hjerter

"På denne portræt-cd sendes akkordeon-vindene af sted i alle retninger, og der væltes uafbrudt mure, så spillerummet flot udvider sig."
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01/04/2012   Classicalcdreview.com

Accordion Concertos
"DaCapo's disk of accordion concertos is fascinating." "If you're looking for something different, try this."
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30/03/2012   Morgenavisen Jyllands-Posten

Accordion Concertos
4/6 Stars

"Den unge akkordeon-djævel Bjarke Mogensen har den brod, der forløser de store ambitioner, som man fornemmer i koncerterne."
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Photo: Nikolaj Lund

Discography

Busy Bees and Birds
Busy Bees and Birds
Mogens Christensen

CD 8.226543 (2014)

Recorder works from the past 20 years, inspired by birdsong, buzzing beehives and the night sounds of nature

The song I'll never sing - Works for Accordion
The song I'll never sing - Works for Accordion
Kasper Rofelt

CD 8.226564 (2012)

Magical new music written specifically for the young accordion virtuoso Bjarke Mogensen. Minimalistic and virtuosic all at the same time.

Accordion Concertos
Accordion Concertos
Per Nørgård, Ole Schmidt, Anders Koppel, Martin Lohse

SACD 6.220592 (2012)

The internationally famous virtuoso Bjarke Mogensen makes the accordion an irresistible solo instrument in four energetic concertos from the past 50 years.

Double Concertos
Double Concertos
Anders Koppel

CD 8.226055 (2008)

Dancing, imaginative music with major roles for saxophone, piano, violin and accordion


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