Geryt Mortensen was born in Denmark in 1958. He was trained in the prestigious soloist class at The Royal Academy of Music in Copenhagen and is now professor, head of timpani and percussion, the same place. For 24 years he held the position as the principal percussionist of The Royal Danish Orchestra. At the same time he became recognised as one of the leading concert percussionists in the world. Geryt Mortensen received the Carl Nielsen Grant, the Jacob Gade Award, the Gladsaxe Music Prize as well as the Music Critics Honorary Award. His career includes solo and symphony concerts with several European orchestras among others The National Polish Symphony Orchestra and The BBC Philharmonic at the Proms, Royal Albert Hall. He'd also done a number of television and radio performances in most of Europe, USA, Japan and Australia.