The accordionist Bjarke Mogensen was born in 1985 on the Danish island of Bornholm. At the age of thirteen, he made his debut as a soloist on German television with the Munich Symphony Orchestra. Today he is regarded as an important virtuoso in his field.
In 2011, Bjarke Mogensen made his first appearance at New York's Carnegie Hall. In 2012, he won first prize in Bratislava at the renowned "New Talent" competition of the European Broadcasting Union.
From Moscow to New York, from Iceland to Turkey - Bjarke Mogensen is now a world-famous soloist. In recent years he has played with orchestras such as the Moscow Virtuosi, the Kremerata Baltica, the Prague Radio Orchestra, the Tyrolean Symphony Orchestra and the Copenhagen Philharmonic. He has worked with renowned conductors such as Rafael Payare, John Storgårds, Rolf Gupta, Ryan Bancroft, Francesco Angelico and Vladimir Spivakov.
In the 2021/22 season Bjarke Mogensen will be a guest with the Cairo Symphony Orchestra in Egypt and the Aarhus Symfoniorkester in his home country, among others. In St. Petersburg, he will perform the Russian premiere of Poul Ruders' Accordion Concerto Sound and Simplicity, dedicated to him, with the State Symphony orchestra of Leningrad oblast. With this work he is also soloist with the Odense Symfoniorkester. Playing the Accordion Concerto No. 2, composed for him by Anders Koppel, Bjarke will perform with the Sønderjylland Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Johannes Wildner. He also plays chamber music at the Bergen International Festival and with Matthias Heise (harmonica) at the Vendsyssel Festival.
As an enthusiastic chamber musician, Bjarke Mogensen has already worked with musical partners such as violinist Gidon Kremer, violist Tatjana Masurenko and cellist Andreas Brantelid. He is constantly expanding the boundaries of his repertoire. Baroque music, traditional folk music, original literature, transcriptions of great works for orchestra, piano or other instruments - the Dane proves how versatile and exciting his instrument can be. Through his intensive, virtuoso and highly musical playing, Bjarke Mogensen breaks with all accordion clichés.
His constant and close collaboration with important composers of our time, such as Per Nørgård, Poul Ruders, Anatolijus Senderovas, Martin Lohse and Anders Koppel, has resulted in a large number of new works for accordion, which Bjarke Mogensen presents as dedicatee all over the world. He is currently working with renowed Danish composer Bent Sørensen on a new piece for accordion and orchestra to be premiered in future seasons.
Bjarke Mogensen plays the Mythos Accordion No.5, often described as the Stradivarius of the accordion. He is also among the very few accordionists in the world who plays the quarter tonal accordion, an instrument which was custom made in Italy. The virtuoso graduated from the soloist class at the Royal Danish Academy of Music, where he is now an associate professor of accordion and chamber music.
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Solo recital (examples)
Domenico Scarlatti (1685-1757) & Martin Lohse (b.1971)
Passing III "Quasi Improvisazione"
Sofia Gubaidulina (b.1931)
De Profundis (1978)
J.S. Bach (1685-1750) arr. B. Mogensen
Ich ruf zu, dir Herr Jesu Christ BWV639
Erbarm dich mein, o Herre Gott Bwv721
Anatoly Kusjakov (1943-2010)
Piotr Tschaikovski (1840-1893) arr. B. Mogensen
Two Russian folk-songs arr. Piotr Londonov (1928-1981)
Modest Mussorgsky (1839-1881) arr.B.Mogensen
Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953) arr. B. Mogensen
Scherzo & March from “Love for Three Oranges“
“New Nordic” music for accordion by Scandinavian Composers:
Per Nørgaard, Vagn Holmboe, Hans Abrahamsen, Anders Koppel, Poul Ruders, Aulis Salinen, Arne Nordheim. Transcriptions of Carl Nielsen, Grieg and Sibelius
“Pictures at an Exhibition” (Mussorgsky, Kusjakov a.o.)
Recitals for 2 accordions – with Rasmus Kjøller
Carl Nielsen (1865-1931) (arr. B. Mogensen & R. S. Kjøller)
Helios Overture opus 17 (1903)
Gustav Holst (1874-1934) (arr. B. Mogensen & R. S. Kjøller)
The Planets (1914-1916)
Mars, the Bringer of War
Venus, the Bringer of Peace
Mercury, the Winged Messenger
Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity
Saturn, the Bringer of Old Age
Uranus, the Magician
Neptune, the Mystic
Alexander Borodin (1833-1887)
In the Steppes of central Asia (1880)
P. I. Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
Five movements from the Nutcracker (1892)
Modest Mussorgsky (1835-1881)
A night on the Bare Mountain (1860-67/1886)
Erik Højsgaard (b. 1954)
Mirror (2013) *written for Bjarke Mogensen/Rasmus Kjøller
Torbjörn Iwan Lundquist (1920-2000)
Bjarke Mogensen (b. 1985)
2 Danish Folk Tune Settings
Repertoire for accordion and piano trio
Alban Berg (1885-1935) Altenberg Lieder (5 mov.)
arranged by the composer for violin, cello, piano and accordion (harmonium)
Camille Saint-Saëns (1835-1921) Serenade in E-flat major op.15
For piano, accordion (harmonium), violin and cello
L.. v. Beethoven (1770-1827) Folk Song Arrangements for piano trio and accordion
Woo. 158 excerpts.
Per Nørgaard (b.1932) Tango Chikane (1967) (paraphrase on Tango Jalousie by J. Gade) (arr. B. Mogensen)
Martin Lohse (f. 1971) Image balancantes (2004) (accordion, violin, cello, piano)
César Franck (1822-1890) Prélude, fuge et variation
(version by the composer for piano and harmonium)
piano + accordion
Wolfgang Rihm (b.1952) Am Horizont for violin, cello and accordion
Astor Piazzolla - Hommage for Accordion and String Quartet
Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992) / arr. B. Mogensen:
Asleep - Loving - Anxiety - Despertar – Fear
- Intermission -
Tango for 4 (without accordion)
Suite from ‘Maria De Buenos Aires’
Alevare – Tema di Maria - Tangata del Alba - Fuga y Misterio - Allegro Tangabile
‘Corale’ from Punta del Este (solo accordion)
Buenos Hora Cero
Muerte Del Angel
Jacob Gade (1879-1963) Tango Jalousie (arr. B. Mogensen)
Jacob Gade (1879-1963) Romanesca (arr. B. Mogensen)
Per Nørgård (b.1932) Tango Chikane (1967) (paraphrase on Tango Jalousie) (arr. B. Mogensen)
Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971) Tango (string quartet, without accordion)
Piazzolla (1921-1992) Libertango