Kasper Knudsen, trumpet, was born in 1977 in Esbjerg. He is a graduate of Vestjysk Musikkonservatorium, Esbjerg and made his official debut from the soloist class of the Royal Academy of Music, Århus, in June 2006, with the Esbjerg Ensemble under the baton of Thomas Søndergaard.
Scandinavian teachers of influence to Kasper were Ole Andersen, Kristian Steenstrup, Ketil Christensen and Haakan Hardenberger.
He continued his studies in the US with brass legends Arnold Jacobs and Adolph Herseth from the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, as well as Vincent Penzarella from the New York Philharmonic and David Bilger from the Philadelphia Orchestra.
Kasper has been a featured soloist with the Orchestra of the Masonic Order in Copenhagen and several Danish military bands. He has concertized extensively all over Denmark and the USA, and has also appeared in recital in London.
An experienced orchestral performer, Kasper has performed for extended periods with the Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra and with Deusche Oper, Berlin. In 2003-2004, he was Co-Principal Trumpet in Orquesta Sinfonica de Tenerife, Spain. His freelance activities include engagements with several Danish regional orchestras, the Esbjerg Ensemble, Komische Oper, Berlin, and the Kymi Sinfonietta, Finland.
Since 2005, Kasper has been under contract as Assistant Principal Trumpet of the Royal Danish Orchestra, serving in the pit of the internationally acclaimed newly built Royal Opera House.
Kasper has commissioned new works from several contemporary masters and is an avid explorer of new repertoire for trumpet. Several of these pieces can be found on the cd Danish Music for trumpet and organ with the organist Inge Beck (CLASSCD 405).
He is a recipient of multiple grants and scholarships, including the prestigious Little Mermaid Grant in 2005.