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Mathias Friis-Hansen

percussion
Sara Skytte

Mathias Friis-Hansen (b. 1977) is a percussionist and trained at the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen and the Royal College of Music in London. Mathias is a versatile musician who works extensively as a chamber musician, soloist and composer. As an orchestral musician he has had his base as a member of the Royal Danish Orchestra since 2007. In addition, in 2003 the conductor Claudio Abbado invited him to join his elite Lucerne Festival Orchestra, with which Mathias has toured all over the world. As a chamber musician Mathias has for many years been a member of Athelas Sinfonietta Copenhagen, and was a co-founder of the award-winning PACE Percussion Trio along with Mathias Reumert and David Hildebrandt. Since 2008 Mathias has collaborated closely with the choreographer Tim Rushton and has composed music for three of Rushton’s productions: Labyrinth (2008), Enigma (2009) and The End of Loneliness (2012)