Gert Mortensen

Professor, Percussion
Gert Mortensen was born in Denmark in 1958. He studied in the soloist class at The Royal Academy of Music in Copenhagen, where he is now professor. For 25 years he held the position of solo percussionist with The Royal Danish Orchestra. During this time he became recognized as one of the leading concert percussionists in the world. He has performed as a soloist in concerts and on TV and radio in most of Europe, USA, Japan, Australia and China.

He has played at numerous international festivals, including the Proms at the Royal Albert Hall with the BBC Philharmonic, The Barbican, ISCM World Music Days, Warsaw Autumn, the Edinburgh Festival, The Bergen International Festival in Norway, Estate Musicale Venice, Beijing Percussion Festival, The Stockhausen Festival and at the Berlin Philharmonic.

Since 2004, Gert Mortensen has intensified his concert activities in China, where he has appeared in numerous big cities from Shenyang in the north to Guanzhou in the south, including famous concert halls such as a imposing National Center of Performance Arts in Beijing and Shanghai Grand Theatre. He has been a soloist with the Beijing Symphony Orchestra and represented Denmark during the World Exposition EXPO 2010 in Shanghai. He has given lectures and master-classes and also had TV programmes on national Chinese CCTV. As a direct result of this, he has been co-founder of the world’s first Music Confucius Institute at the Royal Danish Academy of Music, established during the visit of the Chinese president to Copenhagen in 2012.  

Gert Mortensen regularly holds master classes all over the world, and has been guest teacher for the European Union Youth Orchestra under the conductor Claudio Abbado. Among the awards that Gert Mortensen has received at the Carl Nielsen Prize, Jacob Gades Legat, Gladsaxe Music Prize and the Music Critics’ Honorary Award.

A number of Scandinavia’s leading composers have written works for Gert Mortensen – including Per Nørgaard, Svend-David Sandstrøm, Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen, Poul Ruders and Askell Masson and he has worked with such international composers as Xenakis and Stockhausen. Gert Mortensen has recorded for BIS, DG, OUR Recordings and Dacapo Records.

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