Photography, Mayra Navarette
Mikkel Andersen began playing the guitar at 9 years old in his hometown near Roskilde, Denmark. He continued this passion throughout his young adulthood and went on to study classical guitar with Erling Møldrup at the North Jutland Academy of music in Aalborg, Jutland's Academy of music in Aarhus, as well as with Carlos Bonell at the Royal College of Music in London.
Mikkel has since traveled the world as a chamber musician and classical soloist and has given concerts in Sweden, Norway, Greenland, Germany, Austria, Italy, Poland, the Baltic countries, Russia, the United Kingdom, Canada, the United States, Cuba and the Faroe Islands.
Beyond his role as a soloist, Mikkel Andersen also plays in various ensembles and has contributed to a series of recordings in Denmark and abroad. Further development of his musicianship has benefitted from association with other musicians and composers he's met, played together with, or whos work he has performed.
Mikkel's urge to connect and communicate with others shines through his private guitar teaching and elementary teaching of his pupils. He directs the guitar school Casa de la Guitarra, Københavns guitarskole where he devotes his talents to enabling children and adults to connect and express through music.
Visit the Casa de la Guitarra HERE
A short story...
Walking off the plane in Greenland, Mikkel looks towards the exit...
Summer in Maniitsoq yet to come. The snow is melting and no matter where you are in Maniitsoq you hear the ethereal water running down the mountain.
Another detectable place where this sound echoes from the backdrop is in Generalife, outside the Alhambra in Granada.
Suddenly Recuerdos de la Alhambra turned into Recuerdos de Maniitsoq.
Just as Mikkel can familiarise himself with the subtle, yet profound similarities between two countries across the globe, so can the differences in energy be sensed, mindfully, between a church and a concert hall.
This is what makes Mikkel unique, and an exciting musician to watch. It is a new experience every time and yet there is a familiarity that one can be comforted with.
A beautiful paradox.
Mikkel Andersen's travels across the world finds himself identifying not with a single country but in the cultural richness of the world. His music is, therefore, a reflection of this and is a fusion of classical structure and atmospheric nuances, reaching out differently in each performance, yet always in unique form and melody.