Frederik Munk Larsen
Exceeding instrumental boundaries.
Frederik Munk Larsen was born in 1974 and studied with Erling Møldrup, Roberto Aussel and Alex Garrobé in Denmark, Germany and Spain. He is Associate Professor and head of the classical guitar program at the Royal Academy of Music in Aarhus, Denmark.
Guitarist Frederik Munk Larsen is pursuing a path of uncompromising artistic curiosity and quality. Determined in searching for the limits of expression he is devoted to exploring musical gestures and textures in the extreme. This approach has led to collaborations with leading european composers and to reviews like “Munk Larsen proves in these works his fluency and enthusiasm, such that rigour and spontaneity crackle through every bar” (The Gramophone, UK), “Frederik Munk Larsen drew a stunning array of percussive sounds from the guitar…” (The New York Times, US) or “from a masterful Lagrima to the final de Falla with all the depth and subtlety demanded by the work” – (Diario de Sevilla).
Frederik Munk Larsen has premiered more than 150 new works for guitar, and composers such as Simon Steen-Andersen, Bent Sørensen, Rei Munakata, Svend Nielsen, Niels Rønsholdt and others have all written solo works for him. A multi-award winner both as a soloist and chamber musician, Larsen has been awarded prizes from “DAAD” (German Academic Exchange Service), the “Irgens Berg’s Artists Prize”, the 1st Prize in Yamaha of Europe’s music competition, as well as being a prizewinner in the National Danish Radio’s “Chamber music Competition”.
He appears on 15 recordings both as soloist and with various ensembles. Concert tours have taken him to festivals in North and South America, Europe, the Nordic Countries and China, both as soloist with orchestra, in solo recitals and with ensembles like Scenatet (DK), Curious Chamber Players (SWE), Århus Sinfonietta
and Duo Hellqvist/Munk (SWE/DK). In recent seasons he has appeared as a soloist with Copenhagen Philharmonic, Aarhus Symphony Orchestra and the Aalborg Symphony and others in concertos by Rodrigo and Simon Steen-Andersen.
photo: from booklet ‘Floating Islands’ OUR Recordings
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