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Niels Marthinsen

Born: 1963

Nationality: Danish

Publisher: Edition Wilhelm Hansen

Photo © Lars Skaaning


Niels Marthinsen is quite the bad boy of Danish music – his music often combines a distinctive virtuosity with a formidable audacity. Marthinsen does not care particularly for traditional genre divisions and his music interweaves solid classical instrumentation with virtually all types of popular music held together by a clear sense of line and an advanced sense of musical form and timing.

Niels Marthinsen was born in 1963 and studied composition at the Royal Academy of Music under Per Nørgård, Poul Ruders, Hans Abrahamsen, Karl Aage Rasmussen etc. His official debut as composer in 1993 caused quite a stir. “Blood Transfusion for Danish Music”, read one of the headlines in the Danish papers.
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