Lars Ulrik Mortensen
When Lars Ulrik Mortensen began studying musicology at university, he came across a book about English music for the virginals – he was fascinated, and it led him to the harpsichord. He studied first in Copenhagen and then in London, becoming harpsichordist with London Baroque and Collegium Musicum 90.
In 2004, after a long association with the European Union Baroque Orchestra as harpsichord tutor and guest director, Lars Ulrik Mortensen became its Music Director. A Financial Times reviewer, writing after a EUBO concert, said “Mortensen is exceptional not just for his scholarship and virtuosity at the keyboard, but also because he makes music with his entire body and soul.” In his home country Lars Ulrik is the artistic director of Concerto Copenhagen, whose opera productions at the Royal Theatre in Copenhagen have helped to build a profile for the group nationally and internationally. In addition to his work with his “own” orchestras, Lars Ulrik also performs extensively as guest director, soloist and chamber musician in Europe, the United States, Japan and Australia, and gives courses and master-classes throughout the world.
Lars Ulrik Mortensen has received a number of prizes, among them Denmark’s most prestigious music award, the Léonie Sonning Music Prize in 2007; he became a fellow of the Swedish Royal Academy of Music in 2008. Lars Ulrik Mortensen’s many CD recordings have reaped major awards. Directing Concerto Copenhagen, his recordings include violin and harpsichord concertos and the b minor mass by Bach, Haydn piano concertos (with soloist Ronald Brautigam), as well as symphonies by Danish composers Hartmann, Kunzen and Gerson.
With EUBO, Mortensen has recorded a selection of suites by JS Bach, Fux and Rameau, two CDs of music by Handel and in 2014 Vivaldi’s violin concerti The Four Seasons, featuring four EUBO alumni as soloists.