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Lars Ulrik Mortensen

conductor
1955
© Mathias Løvgreen Bojesen

Lars Ulrik Mortensen studied at the Royal Academy of Music in Copenhagen (harpsichord with Karen Englund, figured bass with Jesper Bøje Christensen) and with Trevor Pinnock in London. He works extensively as a soloist and chamber musician in Europe, the United States, Mexico, South America, China, Japan and Australia. Between 1996 and 1999 Lars Ulrik Mortensen was professor for harpsichord and performance practice at the Hochschule für Musik in Munich, and he now teaches regularly at several important Early Music institutions throughout the world, among them the Mozarteum Salzburg, the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki and the Juilliard School of Music in New York. For the last 25 years Lars Ulrik Mortensen has also been active as a conductor, and in 2003 he made the decision to work exclusively with period instrument ensembles. Since 1999 he has been the artistic director of the Danish National Baroque Orchestra Concerto Copenhagen, and in 2004 he succeeded Roy Goodman as the musical director of the European Union Baroque Orchestra (EUBO). Additionally, Mortensen is increasingly working with several distinguished foreign ensembles like Holland Baroque Society, Irish Baroque Orchestra, Nederlandse Bachvereiniging and Collegium 1704. As a harpsichordist, chamber musician and conductor Lars Ulrik Mortensen has recorded extensively for numerous labels including DGG-Archiv, ECM, EMI and CPO, and in 2007 he received Denmark’s most prestigious music award, the Léonie Sonning Music Prize.