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Lars Ulrik Mortensen

conductor
1955
Lars Ulrik Mortensen © Mathias Løvgreen Bojesen

Lars Ulrik Mortensen has been active as a conductor for 25 years, and for nearly 20 years, he has worked exclusively with period instruments and original performance practice. He has toured most of the world and performed with some of the most renowned international Early Music ensembles, including Holland Baroque Society, Irish Baroque Orchestra, Nederlandse Bachvereniging, and Collegium 1704. He has participated in numerous iconic recordings, released by DGG-Archiv, ECM, EMI, Naxos and cpo.

During his early years, Mortensen studied at the Royal Danish Academy of Music and later trained with Trevor Pinnock in London. From 1996 to 1999, he held the position of professor of harpsichord and performance practice at the Hochschule für Musik in Munich. He continues to teach at esteemed institutions worldwide, such as Mozarteum Salzburg, Sibelius Academy in Helsinki and The Juilliard School of Music in New York.

Since 1999, Mortensen has served as the artistic director of Concerto Copenhagen, embodying the ensemble’s artistic, creative and cultural identity. In 2007, he was honoured with Denmark’s most prestigious music award, the Léonie Sonning Music Award. Since then, he has persistently pursued the development and refinement of his artistic work.