Biographical notes and C.V.
I draw my musical inspiration from many sources. In particular I am inspired by the qualities
of the musical intervals, which, by association, make me commit to a sense of tonality in
general. But also the timbre of voices and instruments drives my musical ideas resulting in
my experiencing the instruments and the elements of music as being human expressions
without intellectual content, more like concentrated soul-expression and soul-experience
undergone by the human being. In my composition I aim to invite the listener to anticipate
and yet I allow the music to challenge as well.
In a compositional process I experience an interplay between myself and ‘the will of the
piece itself’. I have the experience of an entity that wishes to express itself and yet does
not dictate. It is at one and the same time a riddle and a guide. In turn, my task is to
discern its nature and reveal this to the audience. As a result of my study into the basic
elements of music and my appreciation of all genres of music, my tonal language is a
synthesis of various genres.
In addition, my inspiration is stimulated by my passion for drama. As well as being an
aspiring painter in my teens, I was a keen actor. Before devoting myself to composition
at age 20 I appeared in a number of Shakespeare plays (including appearing in Macbeth
at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival) leading to a life-long love of the Shakespeare’s works.
Playing the part of Peer in Ibsen’s Peer Gynt in 2011 has given me a new boost in that
My native Denmark, with its coastline of long beaches and rolling sand dunes that were
the joy of my childhood, provides me with a feeling for a wide natural landscape. It was
here I developed a lifelong love of birds and nature. These elements find their way into the
music, I suppose, but I don’t consciously attempt to portray them.
Upon completing an intensive period of autodidactic training with the help of Cecil Cope
and Louis Alvanis, I entered the Musikseminar in Hamburg, Germany to study composition
with Elmar Lampson (now called Alfred Schnittke Akademie International http://www.schnittke-akademie.de). Here I graduated with diplomas in composition and piano in 1992
and went on to teach in adult education both in Hamburg and at Emerson College, Sussex,
England. During this time I continued to devote more time to developing my compositional
direction. In 2001 I gave up my secure post there in order to pursue composing more fully,
and my compositional output has increased from this time onwards.
I am member of Brighton New Music in the UK and Komvest in Copenhagen, Denmark.
My works have been performed frequently in the UK (including the Wigmore Hall) as
well as in Denmark, Germany and France. In addition to the CD ‘Blue Harmony’ which
features my piano-works recorded by internationally acclaimed pianist Diana Baker, the
CD ‘Harmonious Dissonance’ which includes my String Quartet No.1 was released on
Parma Records in USA in June 2010. The collaboration with award-winning Flautist Julie
Groves and Whitbread-Prize winning author Lindsay Clarke has resulted in a number of
works for Baritone and Flute and Flute solo on the theme of Parzival.
I now see my professional activities as ranging from composing for professional musicians, teaching children, performing song recitals, directing local ensembles, and writing about music and the human being.
Since working with Will Hancox in 2004 I have increasingly seen myself as a singer. This is borne out by a number of songs I have composed in the time since then.
My work with Waldorf education trainees has given me further opportunity to explore the qualities of the musical elements such as scales, modes, intervals, major-minor, time signatures (organisation of pulse) and tempo.... time and space.....contraction and expansion.....levity and gravity....in relation to the development of the human being and the different modes of consiousness that accompany different stages of our biography.
In working with students with little or no practical musical background I have developed ways of including all willing participants in both singing and in improvisational workshops with percussion instruments. In these workshops the qualities of the various materials and the effect they have on the listener are questioned and explored. The relationship of sound and matter is a focus of attention in the improvisation as well as the particular social responsibility which is given to the improviser in a group by the nature of a particular instrument.
I was born 02.06.1964 in Esbjerg, Denmark
Between 1977 and 1987 I lived in Forest Row,GB
Between 1987 and 1994 I lived in Hamburg, DE
Since 1994 in Forest Row, GB again.1981 O-levels and part of Prospero in "The Tempest" at Michael Hall.A-levels in German and Art with art history at Michael Hall School.
1983-1984 Longer journey through Austria, Switzerland, France and Spain. 2 1/2 months work experience in a home for mentally handicapped adolescents in France.
1984 –1987 Independent study of music (theory & harmony, composition, singing, piano) with Cecil Cope (Forest Row) and Louis Demetrius Alvanis www.alvanis.com (London). Grade 8 piano-exam July 1987.
1987-1992 Music training at the Music seminar at the Eurythmy school Hamburg
Main Subjects: Composition (Elmar Lampson www.elmar-lampson.de), Piano (Ulrike Bauer), Choir conducting (Michael Hartenberg), subsidiary subject: singing and history of German folk song. Graduation: Concerto for Violin and Chamber-Orchestra, and works for solo piano and for choir a cappella. Piano exam and public recital: Bach, Mozart, Debussy, Bartok and Brinch.
Written diploma work and public lecture on "the interplay between the forces of the major and minor seconds in the formation of the major scale"
1991-1994 Marriage to Sigune Grosse (*1964)Birth of first child (Selina)Birth of second child (Theodor)
Part-time music teacher and Eurythmy piano accompanist at the Seminar for Waldorf-eduation in Hamburg.
1994-2001 Carrier of music and eurythmy piano accompanist at Emerson College, Co-carrier of the "Foundation Course" at Emerson.
Summer 2001 End of work at Emerson College in order to pursue career as a composer.
2004 Workshops, lectures and recital in Kyoto, Japan
2007 Workshops in Busan, South Korea
2008 July Workshops and lectures in Taipei, Taiwan
2009/2010 work with Horizon International. http://www.horizoninternational.de