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Danish percussionist Henrik Knarborg Larsen has performed as a soloist and chamber-musician all over Scandinavia, Europe, USA and Asia. He is Head of Percussion at the Royal Academy of Music Aarhus/Aalborg, where he has re-build the percussion education, based on modern principles that encompass interpretation theory, practice strategy and body and mind awareness, which he presented at PASIC Indianapolis 2009. He has recorded several CD’s, including the solo-CD "Convergence" (Classico) and this years new releases Musica Impura (Classico) and Burst (Dacapo Records). In Paris in 2007 he premiered the solo show “Les sons de l’art”, a combined theatre and contemporary music performance. Last year he acquired the position as percussionist at Århus Sinfonietta, the oldest and most prestigious contemporary music ensemble in Denmark.

The Danish Press wrote about his debute:

Something never seen and heard before – excellent virtuosity with a very clear sense of form. Electrifying the Rhythm with explosive, held back excitement.

Royal Academy of Music Aarhus:

This year we introduced a marimba major soloistclass and several specialized lines on the Candidate, i.g. collaboration with electronic music department, modern music or an orchestra major with close collaboration with the professional SO, with whom we share wonderful buildings in the center of Aarhus.

Review from Percussive notes October 2008 issue:

Percussionist Henrik Larsen demonstrates his technical and musical command of music from Baroque to the contemporary on his solo percussion recording Convergence. His sensitive interpretation of the six parts of Bach’s ”Cello Suite No. 3” for solo marimba closely mirrors the legato texture of the cello bow, and his phrasing possesses jus the right amount of ebb and flow... Draws the listener in. Larsen concludes the recording with Xenakis’ classic ”Psappha” for solo percussion. Written in 1975, this piece for nonpitched percussion (woodblocks, bongos, toms, etc.) possesses a bombastic, yet regal weight under Larsen’s able control.
- Terry O’Mahoney