Head of Percussion at the Royal Academy of Music Aarhus. New approach to all percussion instruments based on his Ki-Aikido inspired principles.

Please visit www.knarborg.com to see some free e-learning videos and get an idea about my principles of teaching.

My main concept derived from Ki-Aikido - a Japanese Friendly Martial Art - is to teach you methods that immediately can give you a clear feeling of what kind of use of your body are most efficient and leads to the sound and expression you want.

I also teach artistic entrepreneurship and gives lessons mapping you possible future projects in the percussion field.

Danish percussion artist and educator Henrik Knarborg Larsen has performed as a soloist and chamber-musician all over Scandinavia, Europe, USA and Asia. He is Head of Percussion at the Royal Academy of Music Aarhus/Aalborg, where he has started a new approach to percussion education. He has based his teaching system on modern principles that encompass interpretation theory, practice strategy and new concept of body and mind awareness inspired by the Japanese martial art Ki-Aikido, which he presented first time at PASIC Indianapolis 2009. He has made masterclasses around the world, including Juilliard School of Music New York, Sibelius Academy Finland and Conservatorium van Amsterdam.
In 2014 he acquired the position as percussionist at Århus Sinfonietta, the oldest and most prestigious contemporary music ensemble in Denmark, and he often performs with orchestras in Denmark and abroad.
He has recorded several CD’s, including the solo-CD Convergence (Classico), and in 2015 he released a new media format video, and a artistic research article about Simon Steen-Andersen’s solo work written for him: Split Point.

Experience & Education

  • Royal Academy of Music Aarhus/Aalborg 2004 – Present
    Head of Percussion Department
  • Århus Sinfonietta 1997 – Present
    Percussionist and Timpaniplayer
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Reviews

Heigo Rosin, Student at The Soloist Class RAMA Aarhus, Denmark March

Henrik Knarborg Larsen is a true master of teaching percussion. He works deeply with every single detail of music technically as well as musically. The best part of his teaching is firstly that he can show exactly and understandably how to develop and play certain techniques on any percussion instrument and secondly how your body-balance and body in general should work and help you while playing percussion - that is deeply connected with Japanese Ki-Aikido techniques and principles what he has worked with for many years. He is a definitely the BEST teacher I have ever had.

Tailor Hampton, student at Juilliard School of Music NY March

Henrik Knarborg Larsen introduced me to his special Ki-aikido concept of classical percussion and to contemporary music from Denmark, and along the way he opened my eyes to a world of music and artistry I have never experienced before. He has a natural ability to communicate his musical ideas effectively and clearly to a wide variety of students."

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