Music studies at the University of Copenhagen and at The Royal Danish Academy of Music, where he graduated in 1975 with music theory and music history as his majors. Part-time lecturer at the University of Copenhagen 1975-1983; associated to the Carl Nielsen Academy of Music, Odense, 1974-2007 as part-time teacher 1974, associate professor 1980, vice principal 1984 and president 1989-2007. President of the Royal Danish Academy of Music since 2007.
President for the Association of Baltic Academies of Music (ABAM) 1999-2007; Chairman of The Society of Contemporary Music, Funen 1999-2000; Chairman (and artistic co-manager) of the contemporary music festival Music Harvest, Odense 1988-2007; Chairman of the Publisher Association for Danish Music Journal (DMT) 2000-2006; Member of the Steering Group for Symphonic Fairytales and Member of the Artistic Council – the Hans Christian Andersen Anniversary 2005; Board member of the Langgaard Foundation from 2005; Board member of the Léonie Sonning Music Foundation from 2008; Member of the Taskforce of the Ministry of Culture regarding the food chain problems in classical music 2002; Member of the Music School Committee of the Ministry of Culture 2004-2005; Member of the Working Group concerning reporting on artistic activities 2010-2011, External examiner for music at the music institutions of Danish universities 1998-2005; Member of the Danish Art Council 2003-2007; Vice president and President respectively for KUR (the principals of the educational institutions under the Ministry of Culture) 2006-2011; Member of the Supervisory Committee for Danish Centre for Music Publishing (The Royal Library) from 2009; Chairman for Center for Applied Artistic Innovation (CAKI) from 2012.
Co-author on: Music Academies and the Academic-pedagogical Development Work (1989) and Copenhagen in a Jazz Time (2008). Bertel Krarup has contributed to research publications and has written articles on contemporary music to both periodicals and international music dictionaries. He also worked on the Great Danish Encylopedia.