The Musician - "Our most precius
gift in life is time - vivere la vita lentamente"
- I learn from the past...
"The body is an instrument, life is a melody, music is emotion set to sound that touches our
soul" - click on the image
Music and art is my
passion, I consider myself as "at
outsider", my cultural background has been my guide. “Excellence" is an
art won by training and habituation, (Aristotle
384 BC). I have devoted my career to chamber music, soloist
performances, and teaching. I was educated by flute studies with Principal Flutist Verner Nicolet from the
Royal Opera Orchestra in Copenhagen and on
piccolo with the legendary Principal Piccolo
Preben Rasmussen from the
Royal Opera Orchestra. I graduated with a diploma with
distinction from Hochschule für Musik "Franz
Liszt" in Weimar with prof. Johannes Walter,
Principal Flutist in Staatskapelle Dresden.
The interest in Boehm flutes of wood later led to studies with two prominent
and experienced musicians, PrincipalFlutist Jan Visser of the Royal Concertgebouw Orkest, Amsterdam, and
Flutist Mathias Schmidt of Staatskapelle Berlin, where the wooden flute has been
used for decades.
Verner Nicolet and Mogens Friis - "Deux Flûtes"
PrincipalFlutist Jan Visser of the Royal Concertgebouw Orkest,
On Flutes - a Stradivari
I have a collection of
flutes from the 1800s and more recent time from Europe, America, and Japan.
Furthermore I play on many different
headjoints of wood, carbon fibre and various precious metals
in silver, gold and platinum as they have decisive influence on the sound. My favourite
headjoint is of sterling silver and built according to Louis Lot tradition by Johan Brögger;
it is with an extra thin tube of 0,28mm, a slim parabola and a relatively
small embouchure blowhole, whiich gives a light and bright sound – in my
opinion a pure Stradivari. Louis
At the beginning of the 1980s I
became acquainted with the Danish flutemaker, Johan Brögger in Copenhagen,
and later we have developed an intense friendship and extensive
co-operation. Since 1986 I have worked for Johan Brögger at transforming his
inventions into patents and design protection, and in his workshop I have
carried out fine overhauls, restoration, and building of flutes.
Johan Brögger's flutes are produced by
Boston and Miyazawa Flutes,
The inventor, musician,
and composer Theobald Boehm (1794 – 1881) - writes in his book ”Die Flöte und
das Flötenspiel”, - I believe that I have now pointed out the surest way in
which one may acquire a correct and elegant style of playing, so that he may
be prepared to delight himself and others not only with difficult
compositions, but also with simple and beautifully played songs.
"He who, like myself,
has been fortunate enough to have heard, for more than 50 years, all the
greatest singers of the time, will never forget their names. It fills me
with joy to remember their artistic and splendid performances; they have all
come forth from the good old Italian school of song, which today, as in the
past 100 years, gives the foundation for a good voice formation, and leads
to a correct understanding of style, which is an essential for the
instrumentalist as well as for the singer.