Born on the Island of Bornholm, Bjarke Mogensen quickly made a name for himself as an internationally acclaimed accordion virtuoso and as a versatile musician with a keen ear for different styles. At a very early age he made his debut as a soloist with the Munich Symphony Orchestra in a German TV broadcast with millions of viewers. Since then an unusual curiosity and search for new sounds and expressions has taken him on musical paths where few other musicians have ventured before as a highly sought-after soloist in the classical music world.
Bjarke Mogensen received a long list of international awards such as The P2 Radio Chamber Music Competition and The Almere International Chamber Music Competition. He took 1st prize in the European Broadcast Unions “New Talent” competition in Bratislava and a few years later Mogensen received the Danish Music Critics Artist Prize – all firsts for the accordion.
Already during his student years, Bjarke Mogensen had his solo debut-recital at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, New York and performed in European venues such as the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and Barbican Hall, London.
He has performed chamber music in duo with among others violinist Gidon Kremer, violist Tatjana Masurenko and cellist Andreas Brantelid. As a soloist he has worked with orchestras such as the Moscow Virtuosi, Kremerata Baltica, Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra, The Tiroler Symphony Orchestra, the Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Prague Radio Orchestra and The Copenhagen Philharmonic.
Bjarke Mogensen’s repertoire is almost unlimited, with a span ranging from folk music and accordion classics over his own arrangements and transcriptions to brand new works for accordion as well as improvisation.
A long succession of collaborations with prominent living composers has resulted in over 60 new compositions – concertos, chamber music and solo works – dedicated to Bjarke Mogensen.
A series of his award-winning recordings have been released by the British label Orchid Classics as well as the national Danish record label Dacapo-Records.
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. Bjarke Mogensen graduated from the soloist class at the Royal Danish Academy of Music, where he now is an associate professor of accordion and chamber music.
Future engagements include the Finnish and Russian premiere of Danish composer Poul Ruders’ accordion concerto Sound and Simplicity. Yet another grand new work for the accordion written for and dedicated to Bjarke Mogensen.
© Nikolaj Lund
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