While studying musicology at the University of Copenhagen, Jørgen Messerschmidt (b. 1960) was active as a jazz pianist and composer with his own groups Contempo Trio and Jørgen Messerschmidt Quartet. He graduated in 2001 in composition from the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen as a student of Ib Nørholm, Niels Rosing-Schow and Hans Abrahamsen. He has written works for Ars Nova Copenhagen, the Copenhagen Philharmonic Orchestra, the Danish Philharmonic Orchestra and the Esbjerg Ensemble. Jørgen Messerschmidt is also active in the ?eld of computer-based electroacoustic music.