LARS HEGAARD (b 1950 )
Lars Hegaard was born in 1950 in Svendborg, Denmark. He learned to read music at the age of 11 and studied the guitar with Ingolf Olsen at the Carl Nielsen Academy of Music in Odense from 1969, then from 1972 at the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen, where he took his diploma in 1973 and his degree in music teaching in 1977. He has studied composition at the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen with Niels Viggo Bentzon (1975-76) and Ib Nørholm (1977-80), taking his diploma in 1980. Lars Hegaard also has a degree in musicology from the University of Copenhagen. In 1983 he was awarded the three-year grant of the National Arts Foundation and since then he has received annual working grants. In 1992 he was awarded the Poul and Sylvia Schierbeck Grant and in 1999 the grant of the Danish Composers’ Society. Besides extensive music teaching activities he has composed almost eighty works for different ensembles, from solo music to orchestral works, including three symphonies.