Ejnar Kanding graduated in composition and theory from the Royal Academy of Music in Copenhagen, where his official début concert was presented in October 1996. He has also studied composition at IRCAM in Paris and with Lev Koblyakov in Jerusalem. Kanding's music, which has been widely performed, includes three orchestral works and six elegies inspired by the poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke. In 1998 Kanding was awarded a three-year grant in composition from the Danish State Arts Foundation. He is co-founder, artistic director and sound engineer of the Copenhagen-based ensemble Contemporánea.