When Lars Ulrik Mortensen began studying musicology, he came across a book about English music for the virginals; he was fascinated, and this soon led him to the harpsichord. He studied first in Copenhagen and then in London, becoming harpsichordist with London Baroque and Collegium Musicum 90. In 2004, after a long association with the European Union Baroque Orchestra as keyboard tutor and guest director, Lars Ulrik Mortensen became its Music Director.
A Financial Times reviewer, writing after a EUBO concert, said “Mortensen is exceptional not just for his scholarship and virtuosity at the keyboard, but also because he makes music with his entire body and soul”. In Denmark, his home country, Lars Ulrik is the artistic director of Concerto Copenhagen whose concerts and opera productions have built a profile for the group nationally and internationally. In addition to his work with his ‘own’ orchestras, Lars Ulrik also performs extensively as guest director, soloist and chamber musician in Europe, the United States, Japan and Australia, with distinguished colleagues including Emma Kirkby, Susanne Rydén, Maria Keohane, John Holloway and Jaap ter Linden.
He is also a member of the Swedish Royal Academy of Music. Lars Ulrik Mortensen’s many CD recordings have reaped major awards. Directing Concerto Copenhagen, his recordings include the complete harpsichord concertos by Bach, Haydn piano concertos (with soloist Ronald Brautigam), as well as symphonies by Danish composers Hartmann, Kunzen and Gerson. As well as this latest Vivaldi recording, Lars Ulrik has directed EUBO in recordings for CD of Suites by Bach, Fux and Rameau, Handel choral works, solo cantatas and ‘The Water Music’. Lars Ulrik has received a number of prizes, among them Denmark’s most prestigious music award, the Léonie Sonning Music Prize.