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John Frandsen


John Frandsen was born in Aalborg and studied at Aarhus University and The Royal Academy of Music in Aarhus with Hans Abrahamsen and Karl Aage Rasmussen graduating in 1985.

Even before completing his studies, Frandsen worked as a teacher at the Department of Musicology at Aarhus University (1978–1983), The Royal Academy of Music in Aarhus (1980–1996), and The Danish National Academy of Music in Odense
(1997–1999), where he taught composition. From 1999 to 2008, he served as chairman of the Danish Composers’ Society and in addition to his administrative roles, Frandsen is organist at Stavnsholt Church in Farum and conductor of the chamber choir Convivum, which he co-founded with Allan Rasmussen in 1998. He has written a large number of vocal works, both for solo voice and for choir and has emerged as one of Denmark’s most prolific opera composers, – six alone composed since 1995, including a trilogy based on
the Danish novel Vice and Virtue in the Middle Time (premiered 2004), as well as his critically-acclaimed Requiem commissioned by the Danish National Symphony Orchestra.

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