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, Denmark.