Introducing Lars Ulrik Mortensen – touring soon with Concerto Copenhagen
Born in 1955, 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. He now works extensively as a soloist and chamber musician in Europe, the United States, Mexico, South America, Japan and Australia.
Between 1996 and 1999 Lars Ulrik Mortensen taught harpsichord and performance practice at the Hochschule für Musik in Munich; he now teaches at early music courses throughout the world. Until 2003, he was also active as a conductor of ‘modern’ orchestras in Sweden and Denmark, where his activities at the Royal Theatre in Copenhagen, including Kunzen’s Holger Danske and Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro, met with great critical acclaim. Now, however, he works exclusively with period-instrument ensembles.
He has been Artistic Director of Concerto Copenhagen since 1999, and in 2004 he succeeded Roy Goodman as Musical Director of the European Union Baroque Orchestra (EUBO).
Lars Ulrik Mortensen has recorded extensively for such labels as Deutsche Grammophon / Archiv, EMI, Kontrapunkt, Da Capo and ECM. His Buxtehude recordings have attracted particular acclaim: Danish ‘Grammy’ awards for the first complete recording of Buxtehude’s chamber music, with John Holloway and Jaap ter Linden, and for a disc of Buxtehude cantatas with Emma Kirkby, and the Cannes Classical Award and the title Danish Musician of the Year in 2000 for three CDs of Buxtehude harpsichord music.
He has also released a series of albums of violin sonatas by Schmelzer, Biber, Veracini and Leclair with John Holloway, Aloysia Assenbaum and Jaap ter Linden. His recording of Bach’s ‘Goldberg’ Variations was awarded a Diapason d’or.
His albums with Concerto Copenhagen include the complete harpsichord concertos of JS Bach, Haydn piano concertos with soloist Ronald Brautigam, Bach cantata arias with Anne Sophie von Otter, and symphonies by the Danish composers JE Hartmann, Kunzen and Gerson.
Lars Ulrik Mortensen has received a number of prizes and distinctions, among them the Danish Music Critics’ Award and Denmark’s most prestigious music award, the Léonie Sonning Music Prize. In 2008 he was made a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Music.