Henrik Budde - composer, conductor | about composer henrik budde / om komponist henrik budde
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“Sharp, intelligently placed, and to the point –
this is how I encountered Henrik Budde’s
virtuosic style of composition.”

Vahid Khadem-Missagh, Concertmaster in Tonkünstler-Orchester Niederösterreich

One of Henrik Budde’s main goals of his music is to dismantle the barrier between the performer(s) and the audience and at the same time break down the distance between the work as an isolated, distant object and the audience as passive spectators. In his concert works Henrik Budde often tries to drag the audience inside the experience through works that have a character of being Gesamtkunstwerke. All senses are considered important when merging concert venues, sound, visuals, performers, and the spectators.


As a film composer Henrik Budde works with live musicians from solo instrumentalists to large, orchestral settings and with original electronic material recorded and manipulated by the composer. Musicians and artists come from all kinds of backgrounds and countries; creativity being the uniting factor in the collaboration. Budde’s works have been performed by various ensembles at festivals and in concerts in Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Iceland, Lithuania, Germany, Austria, Hungary, Canada, and Japan. Furthermore, Budde has appeared as a conductor in Denmark, Germany, Austria, Bulgaria, Hungary, and Italy, and has been leader of both choirs and instrumental ensembles and works as a freelancer as well.


Henrik Budde (*1982) studied composition at the Royal Academy of Music in Aarhus, Denmark, with Karl Aage Rasmussen, Hans Abrahamsen and Simon Steen-Andersen, and with Lasse Thoresen in Oslo, Norway. In addition, studies in film music composition and orchestration has been done under the guidance of Tim Simonec in Los Angeles, Steven Scott Smalley in New York, and Hummie Mann in Denmark. Further more, Budde studied orchestral conducting with Lars Jensen (DK), Ennio Nicotra (IT), Lothar Zagrosek (DE), Otto-Werner Muller (US), as well as musicology at the University of Aarhus (DK).