Frederik Munk Larsen
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Exceeding instrumental boundaries. 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).
Composers like a.o. Simon Steen-Andersen, Erika Vega, Ailis Ní Riain, Bent Sørensen,
Rei Munakata, Svend Nielsen or Niels Rønsholdt have written solo works for Frederik
Munk Larsen and he has premiered more than 150 works.
A multiaward winner both as a soloist and chamber musician in international
competitions, he was awarded prizes by “DAAD”, 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 16 CD’s
both solo 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 appeared as a soloist with a.o.
Copenhagen Philharmonic, Aarhus Symphony Orchestra and the Aalborg Symphony in
concertos by J. Rodrigo and Simon Steen-Andersen.
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 programme at the Royal Academy of Music in Aarhus,