Lars Bjørnkjær, born 1968 in Los Angeles, received his first lessons at age 6 from Tove Detrekôy
And was accepted at the Royal Conservatory of Aarhus at age 13, studying with Professor Henrik
Bjørnkjær’s education was 4 ½ years at the Conservatory in Aarhus, 1½ years at Utrech’s Conservatory with Viktor Liberman and 4 years at The Juilliard School with Sally Thomas and Dorothy DeLay, finished with the degree of Advanced Certificate in violin and composition.
Bjørnkjær was appointed Concertmaster of The Royal Danish Orchestra ( Det Kongelige Kapel ) in 1993.
At age 16 Bjørnkjær won the Gold Medal in the national competition for classical music organized by the major newspaper Berlingske Tidende. At 18 Bjørnkjær made his debut with the Aarhus Symphony
Orchestra, performing Max Bruch’s Scottish Fantasy.
Bjørnkjær was only 25 when appointed Concertmaster of the Royal Danish Orchestra and since then he has been a much sought after guestconcertmaster with the Nordic Symphony Orchestras and Operahouses and has numerous times been a guest with The Royal Swedish Opera, Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Gotheburg Symphony and Opera, Malmö Symphony and Opera, the Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra and The Copenhagen Philharmonic.
As a soloist Bjørnkjær has performed a, all the standard repertory concertos by Mozart, Mendelssohn,
Beethoven, Brahms, Tchaikovski, Bruch, Prokofiev, Stravinski as well as concerto’s by Barber, Poul Ruders, Lange- Müller, Johan Svendsen and Paganini D Major, with orchestras in Denmark and abroad
With conductors such as Michael Schönwandt, Christian Badea, Josef Suk, Fabrizio Ventura, Stefan Tsialis and Thomas Søndergaard.
At Juilliard Bjørnkjær began a collaboration with the pianist Rohan De Silva, Itzhak Perlman’s regular
Performance partner and this collaboration has brought De Silva and Bjørnkjær on tours all over the
World playing recitals on radio and tv.
In 2007 Bjørnkjær felt ready as an artist to record two Danish violinconcertos by Lange- Müller and Johan Svendsen plus the famous Romance by Svendsen. The recording was extremely well received
Among publications as The Strad Magazine quoting : …with intensity and a glorious singing tone….
and highly eloquent phrasing- this violinist’s devoted vehemence almost convinces us that it is a lost
masterpiece ( Svendsen ) The recording is to be found on youtube under the name Lars Bjornkjaer.
Of the latest soloistic performances can be mentioned: Brahms concerto with Philharmonie Thüringen Gotha, Prokofiev 1. With the Aalborg Symphony.
Bjørnkjær has received The Jacob Gade honorary prize, the Wagner Gesellschaft Stipendium, the Sonning Foundationtion prize.
In November 1998 Bjørnkjær was Knighted by Queen Margrethe and in 1999 received the memorial
Medal of King Frederik the 9. And in 2008 he was Knighted with the Knighthood of the 1. Degree.
He is on the board of the Victor Borge prize and was a member of the Jury at the 2012 Carl Nielsen International Violin Competition.
Bjørnkjær Plays the 1714 Stradivarius “ Yoldi- Moldenhauer “