Erik Højsgaard studied composition with Per Nørgård at the Royal Academy of Music in Aarhus and completed his studies with a diploma degree in 1978. He studied aural training at the Royal Danish Academy of Music and completed the study with music pedagogy diploma degree.
Since 1982 he has taught aural training at the Royal Danish Academy of Music - from 1988 as an associate professor and since 2002 as professor.
In 2003-2004 he was Aalborg Symphony Orchestra resident composer and teacher of composition at the Royal Academy of Music.
He has received several awards, including the Carl Nielsen and Anne Marie Carl-Nielsen's Hæderspris in 1993, Danish Arts Foundation's three-year scholarship in 1979 and the Danish Composers' Society Scholarship in 1992.
His output includes 2 symphonies, a cello concerto and a piano concerto and the opera "Don Juan vender hjem fra krigen", which was premiered in Vienna in 2006 in a revised version. He composed Fragment for chamber orchestra in 1995 for the Malko Conductors' Competition. He has also composed chamber music (including two string quartets and a variety of landscapes, including Paysage blême, which was first performed in London by the British ensemble Capricorn) and works for solo instruments, including C'est la mer Mêlée au soleil for guitar and Épreuve for accordion.
His works have been performed in most parts of the world, and he has been represented at several international festivals: ISCM World Music Days, the Salzburg Festival, Nordic Music Days, NUMUS, Festival Internazionale di Musica Roma, MusicSommerBerlin, Cantiere Internazionale d'Arte Montepulciano, Copenhagen Summer Festival , Aarhus Festuge etc.
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