| Artist Biography
LARS HANNIBAL was born in 1951 and began playing the guitar at the age of 15 as many others of his generation. He studied at The Royal Academy of Music in Århus from 1972-1980, which also included 3 years of lute studies with Toyohiko Satoh in The Hague. For seven years Lars Hannibal was also a teacher at The Royal Academy of Music in Århus. In 1991 he formed a duo with recorder virtuoso Michala Petri, with whom he still tours, and together they have recorded several albums. In 2004 Lars Hannibal launched an intercultural project with Chinese musicians under the name: Dialogue – East meets West. In 2006 he founded his own label OUR Recordings with Michala Petri. Lars Hannibal works as a chamber musician as well as an accompanist and performance partner with the famed Danish actress Ghita Nørby.
For 50 years, Michala Petri has been one of the most universally recognized and beloved recorder players in the world. She has performed almost 4.000 concerts and has a discography of more than 70 critically acclaimed and award-winning recordings. Michala Petri was born in Copenhagen, Denmark, in 1958 to musical parents. A child prodigy, she first picked up a recorder at the age of three and by the time she was ten, she made her concerto debut in Tivoli Concert Hall and began her formal studies at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hannover, Germany. By the time she was seventeen, she was already making recordings with the Academy of St.Martin-in-the-Fields.
Her repertoire spans the Baroque, Classical, and Romantic eras and extends into contemporary and improvised music and multi-media. This versatility, together with a flawless technique, an insatiable curiosity, and the ability to make an emotional connection with her audiences has contributed to her special appeal as an artist. Her list of collaborators reads like a ‘Who’s Who’ of late 20th century classical music, including such legendary artists as Sir Neville Marriner, Claudio Abbado, Sir James Galway, Gidon Kremer, Heinz Holliger, Henryk Szeryng, Pinchas Zukerman, Maurice Andre, Joshua Bell, Mahan Esfahani, Hille Perl and Keith Jarrett.
Agnete Hannibal Petri (b. 1994) is the eldest daughter of Lars Hannibal and Michala Petri. Growing up in Kokkedal, she played piano from age 6. As a child in a family of musicians, music has always appeared as
an opportunity for Agnete Hannibal Petri to travel the world with her family and meet new people who shared a similar fascination of the subject.
In 2018 she started playing the cello, which she is currently practicing. She is thrilled to be making her recording debut release on Blue, playing music by Lars Hannibal.
Agnete Hannibal Petri’s interest in music spans across many fields. She has a bachelor in musicology with a
certificate from the University of Copenhagen, where she studied from 2015-2019. Although not a professional
musician, she can be found listening, singing and playing with different people in various ensembles in and around the Copenhagen music scene. Since 2015 she has worked in the music industry with various bands and as part of the adventurous Copenhagen-based independent label and publisher Escho.
Amalie Hannibal Petri (b. 1996) has worked in different artistic fields throughout her life. She started performing at the age of seven as a part of a children’s elite drama school, Eventyrteatret, in Copenhagen. For the next eight years she studied drama, dance and singing – both as a part of an ensemble and as a solo performer.
As a teenager she began to explore her own voice. Soon she was writing her own songs, playing concerts and recording music with various bands. She has been doing so ever since. In the spring of 2018, she studied at the LungA art school in Iceland. Here she began to combine the many different forms of artistic expression in her life – beginning her journey as an interdisciplinary artist.
It’s safe to say that a substantial part of Amalie’s creativity consists of exploring the energies that exist between creative fields and which can inspire fresh or unexpected modes of creative output. This has resulted in her solo project, Polly, where she composes and articulates her musical vision through fusing various performing arts disciplines such as dance, dramaturgy and scenography.
In late 2018, Amalie began studying at the Music Performance programme at the Rhythmic Music Conservatory in Copenhagen, majoring as a singer – and her ability is very clearly demonstrated in “Autumn Rain” – one of the stand-out tracks on this album.