FEB. 21, 2017 | WAYNE SIEGEL: CHACONNE (2016) CONCERTO FOR GUITAR AND CHAMBER ORCHESTRA - WORLD PREMIERE IN COPENHAGEN Chaconne (2016) for Guitar and Chamber Orchestra by the Danish-American composer Wayne Siegel was premiered by Jakob Bangsø and the DiamantEnsemblet on February 21st 2017 at the Black Diamond (the Royal Library) in Copenhagen. The premiere was broadcast on Danish Radio P2 - LISTEN HERE. An excerpt from Siegel's programme note reads:
"My guitar concerto is composed in single movement and, except in the very beginning, the piece is constructed as a strict chaconne. The piece opens with the soloist searching his memory, trying to recall a forgotten melody. Once he has “remembered” the 10-bar melody, it is repeated consistently and regularly as a ground bass with changing instrumentation and varying textures during the entire piece. (...) Chaconne was composed for and in close collaboration with the guitarist Jakob Bangsø, with generous support from the Royal Library in Copenhagen and the Danish Arts Foundation."
NOV. 22 | WORLD PREMIERE OF CARAVASSILIS IN VICTORIA, CANADA The world premiere of Greek-Canadian composer Constantine Caravassilis' new work Prelude for Guitar (2016), commissioned by and dedicated to Jakob Bangsø, took place on November 22 at the Philip T. Young Recital Hall, Victoria, BC, Canada. The piece is Caravassilis' first composition for guitar and was composed especially for Jakob's Canadian Tour 2017 with support from the Danish Arts Foundation.
NOV. 05 | NEW VIDEO FROM SICCAS GUITARS (KARLSRUHE) Jakob visited Siccas Guitars, an amazing store of fine guitars in Karlsruhe, Germany, here playing a 1959 Daniel Friederich. Enjoy the video!
AUG. 14 | REBILD MUSIKPRIS 2016 The Rebild Music Prize (Rebild Musikpris) is awarded annually to a Northern Jutlandic musician or singer who has made a strong mark with their talent. The award includes a 15,000 DKK honorarium and a solo performance with the Aalborg Symphony Orchestra as part of the Opera in Rebild event. The diploma was especially drawn for the occasion by the Danish artist Synnøve Carlsson.
AUG. 02 | NEW VIDEO: ANTHONY GIRARD - GUITAR CONCERTO Vers l'autre rive (1991) for guitar and string orchestra by French composer Anthony Girard. Jakob Bangsø, guitar Camerata Lutécia, Jean-Michel Ferran, conductor Performed at the Rencontres internationales de la guitare d'Antony, France, on March 29th 2015
JUNE 20 | BROADCAST ON DANISH NATIONAL RADIO P2: An excerpt from Jakob's debut concert in April was broadcast on Danish Radio channel P2 in connection to the 25th anniversary concert of Concerto Copenhagen in Tivoli. Works included in this showcase are Buxtehude's Ciacona in e minor and Ginastera's Sonata, Op. 47 : http://www.dr.dk/radio/ondemand/p2/p2-koncerten-2016-06-20#!/02:18:53
APRIL 15 | NEW CD RELEASE IN 'MAESTRO SERIES' Jakob's new CD was released on the Dutch label Samsong Productions. To order, please send an email to info[at]jakobbangsoe.dk with your name, address and desired quantity. Price: 13€ + shipping. Payment also possible through MobilePay: 51288223
"DEBUT CONCERT" ON APRIL 23rd 2016 On Saturday April 23, 7.30 pm, Jakob will play his "debut concert" from the Royal Academy of Music in Aarhus, finishing his Advanced Postgraduate Diploma studies with Frederik Munk Larsen. This recital marks the end of more than 7 years of studies at Det Jyske Musikkonservatorium and will take place at the Symphonic Hall of Musikhuset Aarhus. The programme consists of both old and brand new music for the guitar, all of which have played - or still play - a significant and very personal role in Jakob's musical life and career. In addition, the recital will open with the world premiere of prof. Wayne Siegel's work 'Dive' (2015) for guitar and computer. Link to Facebook-event: https://www.facebook.com/events/103258423411140/
Mar. 18, 2016 | NEWS REPORT ON TV2 ØSTJYLLAND Watch it here (in Danish):
Mar. 16, 2016 | WORLD PREMIERE OF 'FEED' (2016) FOR PREPARED GUITAR The world premiere of Klavs Kehlet Hansen's piece 'Feed' took place at LiteraturHaus in Copenhagen during this year's PULSAR Festival. This electro-acoustic piece requires a piezo microphone, audio tactile transducer, 1/2 metal slider and amplification with compressor to create a feedback between a small, handheld microphone and a piezo mounted to the guitar's head when sliding on the strings.
Jan. 15, 2016 | TWO-PAGE SPREAD IN NORDJYSKE STIFTSTIDENDE Jakob was featured in the culture section of Nordjyske Stiftstidende (Danish newspaper) in a two-page spread on Monday, January 15th. Headlined "Play and an entrepreneurial spirit must go together", the article tells the story of competing in international competitions, pursuing a professional carreer as a classical guitarist, working and experimenting with composers on new works for the guitar, and much more..
Nov. 19, 2015 | WORLD PREMIERE OF 'STREAMS' (2015) FOR GUITAR AND COMPUTER BY ANDREJA ANDRIC IN AARHUS, DENMARK A friendly and exciting collaboration between Jakob Bangsø and the Serbian noise musician and composer of electronic music Andreja Andric culminated in the world premiere of 'Streams' for guitar and computer. The premiere took place on November 19th in Musikhuset Aarhus as part of Jakob's solo recital with a programme that combined contemporary solo works with organ and harpsichord music by Dietrich Buxtehude (arranged for guitar and lute). At the same event Jakob played the Danish premiere of Kaj Duncan David's '451' for guitar and electronics. Here's the live video recording of Andreja's new piece (thanks to Klavs Kehlet Hansen):
Jul. 18, 2015 | PREMIERE OF KAJ DUNCAN DAVID'S '451' FOR GUITAR AND ELECTRONICS IN MAASTRICHT, THE NETHERLANDS Kaj Duncan David's piece 451 (2015) for guitar and electronics, commisioned by Jakob Bangsø, was premiered in Maastricht, Holland, at the Tapijn Kazerne. The concert was hosted by Peter Powell and the Maastricht Guitar Society with support from Nieuw Leven Maastricht, Gebouw M and Code 043.
Jul. 02, 2015 | SUPPORT BY THE DANISH ARTS COUNCIL A prestigious scholarship was given to Jakob Bangsø as he received the two-year scholarship "the Young Elite" from the Danish Arts Council, a very sought-after appreciation among young, Danish musicians and therefore a great honour! Click here to read more (in Danish).
Mar. 26, 2015 | PREMIERE OF KEHLET HANSEN'S 'FANTASIA No. 2" IN PARIS The premiere of Klavs Kehlet Hansen's dedication "Fantasia no. 2" (2014-15) for solo guitar took place on March 26th 2015 at the Fondation Danoise in Paris (Det danske Studenterhus i Paris). www.khklavs.dk
Feb. 16, 2015 | WINNER OF THE AARHUS SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA AND THE ROYAL ACADEMY OF MUSIC'S SOLOIST COMPETITION 2015! 36 young Academy students competed against each other at the Academy’s internal soloist competition Monday afternoon and evening - the highest number of participants ever. The prize is a solo performance at a summer concert with Aarhus Symphony Orchestra. The jury (consisting of principal Claus Olesen and Professor Henrik Brendstrup from the Academy and CPO Palle Kjeldgaard from Aarhus Symphony Orchestra) chose two winners: Oshrat Weinberger, flute, and Jakob Bangsø, guitar. Now they both have to play as soloists at the symphony orchestra concert 13 May in Symphonic Hall, Aarhus.
Nov. 25, 2014 | NEW RECORDING OF LOÏC DESTREMAU Löic Destremau's piece for solo guitar 'less is more or less more' dedicated to Jakob and premiered at RAMA Festival 2014 has now been recorded.
Nov. 14, 2014 | WORLD PREMIERE OF KRUISBRINK'S 'TOCCATA' IN GERMANY Jakob played the premiere of Annette Kruisbrink's 'Toccata' (2014) in Kulturhaus NIHZ in Nordhorn, Germany. The piece was published by Les Productions d'OZ and can be purchased here.
Oct. 05, 2014 | 1st PRIZE IN BERLIN Jakob won the 1st prize in the Berlin International Guitar Competition, Germany!
Jul. 12, 2014 | MASTER'S DEGREE Jakob obtained his Master's degree from the Hochschule für Musik in Cologne, finishing his studies with Prof. Roberto Aussel with the highest possible points (1,0) at his final exam concert.
Jun. 1, 2014 | 2nd PRIZE IN TWENTHE Jakob won the 2nd prize at the international guitar competition "Twents Gitaarconcours" in Enschede, the Netherlands!
May 25, 2014 | ".. a stayer in the guitar scene." Click here to read the review from the final round of Nordhorn Guitar Festival & Competition by Mark de Gooijer.
Apr. 27, 2014 | 1st PRIZE IN GERMANY Jakob was awarded 1st prize in the International Guitar Competition Nordhorn, Germany.
Mar. 30, 2014 | 1st PRIZE & AUDIENCE AWARD IN FRANCE Jakob was awarded 1st prize and audience award (prix du public) at the 15th Concours International de Guitare à Antony, France! Read more.
Jan. 23, 2014 | TWO WORLD PREMIERES IN ONE CONCERT Solo recital at RAMA Festival 2014 now confirmed. In the concert, Jakob will play the world premiere of two new works for solo guitar composed by Alain Féron (FR): "The Charme des Ambiguités" and Loïc Destremau (DK/FR): "less is more or less more". The programme will also include a rare performance of Per Nørgård's 2nd suite for guitar, "Queen of Hearts", in a version for guitar and obligato cello together with cellist Martha Petri. More info here.
Oct. 19, 2013 | 2nd PRIZE IN SEVILLA Jakob was awarded 2nd prize in IV Seville International Guitar Competition, Spain!
Jul. 18, 2013 | 3rd PRIZE IN SPAIN Jakob wins the 3rd prize at the XII International Guitar Competition "José Tomás" in Petrer, Spain.
Jun. 20, 2013 | EJNAR HANSEN PRISEN Jakob receives the Ejnar Hansen Prisen 2013 (Ejnar Hansen Prize). The prize is awarded annually for an exceptionally talented instrumentalist in Denmark and further aims to support studies at home or abroad. Thank you very much!
Nov. 04, 2012 | 3rd PRIZE Jakob takes 3rd prize at the "Aachener Gitarrenpreis" 2012 in Aachen, Germany!
Jun. 21, 2012 | MAKWARTH MUSIC GRANT Jakob receives grant from the Viggo Makwarth & Hustru Veronika Makwarths Musiklegat 2012. Thank you very much!
Jun. 14, 2012 | SCHOLARSHIP EXTENSION Jakob was granted an extended scholarship by the DAAD committee for further studies in Cologne, Germany. Big thank you!
May 20, 2012 | 2nd PRIZE Jakob wins 2nd prize in the international guitar competition at Twents Gitaarfestival, the Netherlands.
Apr. 29, 2012 | 3rd PRIZE Jakob wins 3rd prize in Nordhorn International Guitar Competition, Germany.
Sep. 04, 2012 | NEW WEBSITE Welcome to the new website. The site was created by bangsoe.com.