I was born by Danish parents in Northern German in 1958. I grew up in a musical family as both of my parents and my brother were choir singers. My father played the violin and was a conductor of local choirs.
In my younger years I was engaged in classical music playing many different instruments as well as being an enthusiastic singer in choirs. I myself played the flute, piano and the violin and participated in choir arrangements. At the age of 12 years I had my first great experience with anadult choir as I participated in G. F. Handels Messiah. A new era had begun as I was completely stunned and knew from that point of time that I was going to work with music in my professional life.
After finishing High School in Flensburg I attended Vestbirk Højskole (as a preparatory school for the academy) in Denmark and went on to the Royal Academy of Music in Aarhus (1978-1984).Here I studied music, played the cello and especially the flute and during my 6 years of training I took degrees in Choral and Orchestral Conduction.
My early working period
During my studies I had found out that working with choirs was the absolute right thing for me to do. I started as a choral conductor in 1979 and two years later I was employed as at teacher of ear training and singing by Aarhus Music School – the largest school of music in Denmark.
Since then I have also held a position at the Royal Academy of Music in Aarhus as a teacher of Chldren’s choir conducting and as a conductor of the Girls Choir of the Academy.
From now on I worked intensively founding and building up more choirs, gave lectures on the conduction of children’s choirs, made a variety of courses and workshops and conducted both smaller groups of musicians as well as Aarhus Symphony Orchestra.
My work with equal voices
In 2002 I handpicked the 25 best girl singers from one of my big children choirs. This became the start of what today is known as Aarhus Girls Choir. Working with these very dedicated young singers was a gift to me and very fast it became clear to me that working with and specialization in these voices was the right thing for me to intensively work with.
During the next year with intensive training the performance of the choir improved significantly and now I was working with what I had always dreamt of – dedicated singers at a very high level. The focus became clearer and when I took Aarhus Girls Choir to the first international competition in Budapest we won a golden medal. Since that time I have been working only with these voices. After winning the first medal we have participated in competition around the globe taking golden medals and believe it or not even been awarded as “Choir of the World” (Canada).
CV as choirmaster
From 1978 to 1984 I trained at The Royal Academy of Music, Aarhus.
Since 1981 I have served as choirmaster of Aarhus Music School, leading children and youth choirs as well as teaching instrumental students ear training.
For many years I have conducted mixed choirs, but now I focus my energy mainly on the young singers: The children’s choir of Aarhus Music School, The girls´ choir at the Royal Academy of Music, Aarhus, Korvida (young female choir) and Aarhus Girls´ Choir.
Likewise, I have been an occasional lecturer in the conduction of children’s choirs at The Danish School of Education, Aarhus University and The Royal Academy of Music, Aarhus.