Henrik Knarborg Larsen



Danish percussion artist Henrik Knarborg Larsen has performed as a soloist and chamber-musician all over Scandinavia, Europe, USA and Asia and har recorded 8 CDs and a new video recording concept; Visual Classics. He is Head of Percussion at the Royal Academy of Music Aarhus/Aalborg, where he has re-build the percussion education, based on modern principles combining an e-learning concept and body and mind awareness inspired by the Japanese martial art Ki-Aikido. 

He has taught students his percussion principles at masterclasses around the world, including famous institutions such as Juilliard School of Music, Sibelius Academy Finland and Conservatorium van Amsterdam.

In 2016 he played the solo piece “”Split Point”” at the prestigious opening concert of PASIC 

The Danish Arts Counsil supports him 2017-2019 in a large scale Artistic Research project including research on his Ki-Aikido method.

ABOUT THE RESEARCH LIGHTNING SESSION: Music, Mallet and Mind – KiAikido applied to percussion

My Clinic/Performance will be based on my artistic research project on the Japanese Martial Art Ki-Aikido and percussion playing and 10 years of experience in teaching in this effective way at Royal Academy of Music Aarhus. It will be a journey from concrete exercises connecting mind and body through the scientific background and precise applications for percussion instruments. Performances of works from my project will give the clinic perspective and connect to the ideas.  

The approach is suitable for all levels from beginner to professional and I have been invited to present my ideas at festivals and academies all over Europe. The impact of even a short clinic can be very strong, and I hope for the opportunity to give that experience to PASIC attendees.

The project has been supported with the most prestigious Danish grant for artistic research from The Ministry of Culture.



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August 30, 2019