Lars Ulrik Mortensen
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. From 1988 to 1990 he was harpsichordist with London Baroque and until 1993 with Collegium Musicum 90 (leader: Simon Standage). 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 at numerous Early Music-courses throughout the world.
Lars Ulrik Mortensen has recorded extensively for numerous labels including DGG-Archive, EMI and Kontrapunkt, and his recording of Bach’s Goldberg Variations was awarded the French Diapason d’Or. He has also received a number of prizes and distinctions, among them the Danish Music Critics’ Award in 1984 and Denmark’s most prestigious music award, The Léonie Sonning Music Prize in 2007. In 2008 he was made a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Music.
Since 1999, he has been artistic director of Nordic Baroque Scene partner, the Danish Baroque orchestra Concerto Copenhagen, and in 2004 he succeeded Roy Goodman as musical director of the European Union Baroque Orchestra (EUBO). He also works extensively as a soloist and chamber-musician in Europe, the United States, Mexico, South America, Japan and Australia, performing regularly with distinguished colleagues such as Emma Kirkby, John Holloway and Jaap ter Linden.