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Lars Aksel Bisgaard was born on 6 November 1947 in Copenhagen. After High School he studied musicology at the University of Copenhagen 1966 - 69, followed by studies in music theory and music history at the Royal Danish Academy of Music 1969–75. A decisive factor in Bisgaard’s career was his meeting with Per Per Nørgård in 1972. He was deeply fascinated by Nørgård’s musical universe, and the creative impulse that had lain dormant within him since his childhood suddenly sprang to life. He studied composition under Per Nørgård at the Academy of Music in Aarhus 1975–81. Bisgaard has taught music theory and music history at the Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts in Esbjerg 1981–93 and later at the Royal Danish Academy of Music until his retirement in 2013. Bisgaard’s compositions comprise piano music, choral works, and two operas, Silvia and Arcadia, based on music by Johann Sebastian Bach. Silvia was premiered and recorded in 2000, while Arcadia still awaits its premiere.