Lasse D. Hansen is a Danish composer, writer and music journalist.
As a 25-year-old, he debuted as a symphonic composer when Aarhus Symphony Orchestra and conductor Baldur Brönnimann premiered the piece Tuning, Applause for tuning orchestra and applauding audience at the 50th-anniversary concert of AUT: Aarhus Young Tone Artists. The concert received only five and six-star reviews in a series of Danish daily newspapers and was later named the “best classical music experience in 2016” in the leading daily newspaper Politiken.
In 2016 and 2017 he appeared as a composer and lyricist in the two official Danish editions of the Broadway-based the 24 Hour Musicals, which brings together the best actors, directors, playwrights and composers to create time-limited theatre around the world. The musicals were premiered at Teatret Svalegangen and Bremen Teater.
He got his debut as a playwright and director with the theatrical musical fantasy Face the Music, which, after touring across Denmark, received its US premiere at the critical acclaimed MATA Festival in New York in 2018, where it had the Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Du Yun on stage. The performance was selected in a field of over 1100 candidates from 72 countries and was praised by the new music blog I Care if You Listen (.com) as “one of the most unexpected works on the program.”
As a music journalist, he has interviewed a number of leading international composers, most recently Icelandic Anna Thorvaldsdottir, Canadian multi-instrumentalist Richard Reed Parry from the band Arcade Fire and the three Bang on a Can founders Michael Gordon, David Lang and Julia Wolfe. His articles, profiles, coverages and essays are published by the Danish music magazine Seismograf and New York Public Radio’s New Sounds.
Photo: Lone Petersen
He is educated as a composer and a music theorist, as well as studies in ensemble conducting and musical communication from the Royal Danish Academy of Music (Copenhagen), the Royal Academy of Music (Aarhus) and the Danish National Academy of Music (Odense and Esbjerg).
He teaches musical communication at the Danish National Academy of Music and composition, music theory, music history, orchestration, piano et alia at MGK Fyn. In addition, he has been a visiting teacher and lecturer for composers, songwriters and producers at the Rhythmic Music Conservatory (RMC), for composers and classical musicians at the Royal Danish Academy of Music and for electronic composers and musicians at Engelsholm Folk High School.
As a speaker, he has introduced the students at the University of Copenhagen and Aarhus University to Danish contemporary classical music and the audience of the Aarhus Symphony Orchestra to the great symphonic repertoire before the concerts. In addition, he is an active organizer of composition workshops and as a mentor for children and young people throughout Denmark, and regularly cooperates with SPOR Festival, Jeunesses Musicales, the Danish Composers’ Society, the Danish National Academy of Music, the Royal Danish Academy of Music and Spil Dansk.
He has been a musical arranger for Aarhus Theatre, CPH Opera Festival and Århus Sinfonietta and has recently recorded a series of arrangements with Aarhus Symphony Orchestra and conductor Jesper Nordin for the orchestra’s six-year Children of the Music project.
In 2016 he was vice-chairman and co-festival organizer of the UNM: Young Nordic Music Days’ 70th-anniversary festival.
“... the human urge to tell stories is a central part of the experience of Lasse D. Hansen’s work and music. The music points to itself, shows its own position and talks about its being. A story that explores and elaborates the sounds, and, like the aural expression, the story balances the outgoing and jokingly with the delicate and seriously elegant.”
—Trine Boje Mortensen, komponistbasen.dk