Martin Lohse

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Martin Lohse
Martin Lohse 2008-02-16.jpg
Copenhagen 2008
Background information
Birth nameMartin Lohse
Born (1971-05-29) May 29, 1971 (age 48)
Copenhagen, Denmark
Genresclassical, experimental
Occupation(s)composer, teacher
LabelsDacapo Records[1][2]/Naxos Records

Martin Lohse (born May 29, 1971) is a Danish classical composer and visual artist.[3]


Martin Lohse was born in Copenhagen, where he began his education at the Musical Science Institute (1990–92). In 1995 he was admitted to the Royal Danish Academy of Music, Copenhagen, where he studied composition and music theory as a pupil of Hans Abrahamsen and Niels Rosing-Schow. In 2000 he started a postgraduate course in composition and in 2004 he had his debut from the Royal Academy of Music.
In 2003, he received the 3-year Grant from The Danish Arts Foundation. Besides composing acoustic and electro acoustic music, he does abstract paintings – usually with a clash of disintegration and pure and clear colours.[4]



A musical technique developed by Martin Lohse in 2009 where he combines the polystylistic elements with a simple repeating sequence of chords, creating a music with both baroque and romantic elements, all in different tempos but with no or very few dissonances.[5]

Numbering of works[edit]

Martin Lohse has divided his work in two parts.

  1. 1996-2010 where selected works has been numbered No. 1/23 to No. 23/23.
  2. 2009- where the works has been numbered No. 1, No. 2 and so on.


Lohses works have been widely performed. Selected performances:


Selected works[6]

Orchestral works[edit]

Vocal works[edit]

  • The Dying Child No. 3/23. (1998) (4-part choir)
  • Tree haiku No. 7/23. (1999) (12-part choir)
  • Utroligheds froe No. 10/23. (2002) (psalm, 4-part choir)
  • The Treads of Man No. 12/23. (2002) (mezzo-soprano solo)

Chamber works[edit]

  • To follow the hope No. 1/23 (1996) (mezzosopr. & violin)
  • Istid No. 2/23 (1997) (clarinet, violin, cello and piano)
  • Haiku No. 5/23 (1999) (clarinet, violin, cello and piano)
  • Smoke No. 8/23 (2000) (clarinet, violin, cello and piano)
  • Koncert No. 9/23 (2001) (clarinet, violin, cello and piano)
  • In liquid... (vln & pno) No. 13/23 (2003) (violin, and piano)
  • Image balancantes No. 15/23 (2004) (clarinet, violin, cello and piano)
  • Nocturne No. 17/23 (2007) (pno solo)
  • In liquid... (acc. & pno) No. 18/23 (2003–07) (accordion and piano)
  • 8 momenti mobile No. 19/23 (2008) (saxophone quartet)
  • Ember No. 20/23 (2008) (sinfonietta: flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn, 2nd violin, viola, cello, & contrabass)
  • Concerto in tempi No. 2 (2010) (accordion and piano)

Electroacustic works[edit]

Correspondence chess[edit]

Awarded the grandmaster title[7] in the International Correspondence Chess Federation in 2009.
Best result is a 3. place in the candidate tournament WCCC28CTO3, where a 1-2. place qualify to the final in the World Championship.