Niels Nørager

Pianist and Composer




Niels Norager is resident in Aarhus, Denmark, and has for many years played a prominent role in the Danish music scene, both as a classical and jazz pianist, and as a composer.

He has studied at the Royal Academy of Music in Aarhus and Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London.

He is a very versatile musician who works within various musical fields. He has given many concerts, both classical and jazz, and recorded several cds as a leader with some of the best Danish jazz musicians, performing his own jazz compositions.

As a composer, he has written works across the whole musical spectrum, including choral works, jazz compositions, piano pieces, classical works, film musik, musicals and songs. GET IN TOUCH



What does music mean to you personally?

Music is very important to me and means incredible much to me. Music has been with me since I was 5 years old, and I have played and listened to music my whole life. Through music you can express what you cannot say in words, and you can reach something out of this world.

Do you agree that music is all about fantasy?

I don’t think music really is about fantasy. It’s an art form, and it’s a language where we can describe different moods and feelings and things in real life.

If you were not a professional musician, what would you have been?

I’m not sure. Probably something creative and connected to art.

The classical music audience is getting old, are you worried about the future?

I am slightly worried, but I hope and believe that the young people will rediscover the classical music when they get tired an bored of the alternative.

What do you envision the role of music to be in the 21st century? Do you see that there is a transformation of this role?

I think that music will always have an important, useful and valuable role.

Do you think that the musician today needs to be more creative? What is the role of creativity in the musical process for you?

The musician today doesn’t have to be more creative than earlier. For me as a composer the creativity of course is very important.

Do you think we as musicians can do something to attract the younger generation to music concerts? How would you do this?

Make sure the younger generation is introduced to music concerts and are able to get the wonderful and magical experience in real life

Tell us about your creative process. What is your favorite piece (written by you) and how did you start working on it?

Dream in You is one of my favorite pieces. It was the first piece I wrote in this classical romantic style. It came rather easy and naturally to me, and I only wanted to make beautiful touching music well written for the piano.

Can you give some advice for young people who want to discover classical music for themselves?

Be aware of that there is so many different kinds of classical music, so be curious…

Do you think about the audience when composing?

I don’t think about the audience when composing. I think about the music.

What projects are coming up? Do you experiment in your projects?

I am composing some new piano pieces and some choir works.