Niklas Johansen is a classical guitarist born in 1989 in Copenhagen, Denmark. He has recently received international acclaim after winning several international competitions. His prizes include:
1st prize in the 2016 China Shenyang International Guitar Competition
1st prize in the 18th “Alirio Diaz” International Guitar Competition in Rust (Austria) 2016,
1st prize in the 21st International Guitar Competition in Mottola (Italy) 2015,
2nd prize in the 17th International Guitar Competition “Alirio Diaz” in Rust (Austria) 2015,
1st prize in the 3rd international guitar festival “Aachener Gitarrenpreis” (Germany) 2014,
1st prize in the 9th International Guitar Competition in Olsztyn (Poland) 2014.
Niklas started playing guitar at the age of 9, and began his studies in 2009 at The Royal Danish Academy of Music under Jesper Sivebæk. After finishing his bachelor exam attending the highest grade possible he went to Alicante in 2013 and finished a Master in Classical Guitar Performance with professors David Russell, Manuel Barrueco and others. After finishing his final exam attending the highest possible he received the Latin honor “cum laude”. In 2014 he went one year abroad and studied a year with Ricardo Gallén at the Hochschule Für Musik Franz Liszt in Weimar, Germany. In 2015 he played his Master’s Recital in Denmark and received the highest grade.
Besides his studies he has received several lessons with high-profiled guitarists. In 2012 he had a two week summer course in Salzburg with Marco Tamayo, and he has received master classes with musicians such as Marcin Dylla, Alvaro Pierri, Pavel Steidl, Scott Tennant, Ana Vidovic, Judicael Perroy, Costas Cotsiolis and Meng Su.
He has played concerts as a soloist and in chamber groups in Denmark, Sweden, Germany, Iceland and Spain. In 2015 he played the opening concert at Copenhagen Guitar Festival, and in 2013 a shared solo concert with Jakob Bangsø at International Guitar Festival Aarhus. He is also very interested in contemporary music and has performed at the modern music festivals Pulsar Festival in Copenhagen 2011 and Ung Nordisk Musikfestival in Malmö (Sweden) 2014. His interest in contemporary music has also led to several first performances (most recently a work for guitar trio by Martin Lohse) and several chamber music projects with instruments such as harpsichord, chinese pipa, computer etc.
At the moment Niklas is recording his debut album in Germany. The label contract for this album was a part of the competition prize in Mottola in July. His future plans include additional guitar festivals and competitions as well as further studying.