David Munk-Nielsen

All prize winners
2nd prize
Date of birth 1998/12/05

David Munk-Nielsen was born in 1998 in Copenhagen. He started playing the piano at the age of 5. David studied for seven years with professor Anne Øland until he entered the Royal Academy of Music Aarhus in 2015, where he was studying with Søren Rastogi and Jakob Bahr as teachers. Since August 2017 David studies at the Sibelius Academy with professor Erik T. Tawaststjerna.

David first appeared as soloist with orchestra when he was 13 years old touring Denmark and Ireland with North Zealand Symphony Orchestra. David played his first solo recital in Aarhus Music House when he was 15 and has since then played many solo recitals and appeared in festivals such as Copenhagen Summer Festival and Helsingborg Piano Festival.

In 2010 David won 1st prize at the North Zealand Piano Festival and the following year, he participated in the international piano competition Bang & Olufsen PianoRAMA, where he was selected as the youngest among 148 young pianists from all over the world. Due to this, David appeared in Danish Radio (P2) and television (TV2). In 2015 he also received gold medal in Berling Classical Music Competition. In 2017 David participated in the 8th Nordic Piano Competition in Sweden, where he was awarded a special prize for the best interpretation.

In March 2018 David participated in the International Stasys Vainiunas Competition in Lithuania, where he won the 1st prize as well as a special prize for the best performance. In February 2019 David won the grand prix award in the Helmi Vesa piano competition for all pianists at the Sibelius Academy, where he was awarded with a small-sized silver grand piano, which belonged to the finnish composer Selim Palmgren, where David’s name is carved into the piano. In March 2019, David won the 2nd prize in the Aarhus International Piano Competition as well as 2 special prizes (Carl Nielsen prize and EMCY prize).

David also received the Jacob Gade Talent prize in 2015 as well as other grants.

If you are interested in working with David, please get in touch with the EMCY Office.



J. S. Bach – Prelude and Fugue in C sharp Major from WTC I to BWV 848
J. S. Bach – Prelude and Fugue in A minor, WTC II, BWV 889
J. S. Bach – Partita No. 1 in B flat Major, BWV 825
J. S. Bach – Partita No. 2 in C minor, BWV 826
J. S. Bach – Partita No. 5 in G Major, BWV 829
J. S. Bach – English Suite No. 4 in F Major, BWV 809
L. van Beethoven – Sonata No. 7 in D Major (Op. 10, no. 3)
L. van Beethoven – Sonata No. 14 in C sharp minor, (Op. 27, Nr. 2 “Moonlight“)
L. van Beethoven – Sonata No. 21 in C Major (Op. 53 “Waldstein“)
L. van Beethoven – Sonata No. 23 in F minor (Op. 57 “Appasionata“)
J. Brahms – 2 Rhapsodies (Op. 79)
F. Chopin – 12 Etudes (Op. 10)
F. Chopin – Etudes (Op. 25, No. 1, 3, 4, 6, 8, 11 and 12)
F. Chopin – Sonata No. 2 in B flat minor (Op. 35)
F. Chopin – Ballade No. 1 in G minor (Op. 23)
F. Chopin – Ballade No. 2 in F Major (Op. 38)
F. Chopin – Ballade No. 3 in A flat Major (Op. 47)
F. Chopin – Ballade No. 4 in F minor (Op. 52)
F. Chopin – Scherzo No. 2 in B flat minor (Op. 31)
F. Chopin – Scherzo No. 4 in E Major (Op. 54)
F. Chopin – Polonaise No. 6 in A flat Major (Op. 53)
F. Chopin – Fantasie – Impromptu in C sharp minor (Op. 66)
F. Chopin – Nocturne in F Major (Op. 15, No. 1)
F. Chopin – Nocturne in F minor (Op. 55, No. 1)
F. Chopin – Waltz (Op. 64, No. 1 in D flat Major, “Minute-Waltz”)
F. Chopin – Waltz (Op. 64, No. 2 in C sharp minor)
F. Chopin – Waltz in A minor (Op. posth.)
F. Chopin – Trois novelles études No. 1 in F minor
F. Chopin – Preludes (Op. 28, No. 1-4, 20, 22 and prelude in A flat Major Op. posth)
C. Debussy – “Reflets dans l’eau“ from Images, Book I
C. Debussy – “Ce qu’a vu le vent d’ouest“ from Preludes, book I
C. Debussy – “La cathédrale engloutie“ from Preludes, book I
F. J. Haydn – Sonata in E flat Major, Hob. XVI/52
F. J. Haydn – Sonata in C Major, Hob. XVI/35
F. Liszt – Sonata in B minor, S. 178
F. Liszt – Vallée d’Obermann from Années de Pèlerinage I
F. Liszt – Paraphrase from Verdis Rigoletto, S. 434
F. Liszt – Transcendental etude No. 8: “Wilde Jagd“
F. Liszt – Transcendental etude No. 12: “Chasse-Neige“
W. A. Mozart – Sonata No. 3 in B flat Major, K. 281
W. A. Mozart – Fantasy in D minor, K. 397
M. Moszkowski – Etude in G minor (Op. 72, No. 2)
C. Nielsen – Chaconne, (Op. 32)
C. Nielsen – Humoreske Bagateller, (Op. 11)
S. S. Prokofiev – Sonata No. 7 in B flat Major, (Op. 83)
S. S. Prokofiev – March and Gavotte from (Op. 12)
J. M. Ravel – Pavane pour infante défunte
S. V. Rachmaninoff – Waltz in A Major (Op. 10, No. 2)
S. V. Rachmaninoff – Sonata No. 1 in D minor (Op. 28)
S. V. Rachmaninoff – Études-tableaux (Op. 39, No. 5 in E flat minor)
S. V. Rachmaninoff – Études-tableaux (Op. 39, No. 3 in F sharp minor)
S. V. Rachmaninoff – Études-tableaux (Op. 39, No. 1 in C minor)
S. V. Rachmaninoff – Bach-Rachmaninoff: Gavotte from violin partita No. 3 in E Major
D. Scarlatti – Sonata in E Major, K. 380
D. Scarlatti – Sonata in D minor, K. 141
D. Scarlatti – Sonata in B minor, K. 27
F. Schubert – Sonata in B flat Major, D. 960
F. Schubert – Impromptu in G flat Major (Op. 90, No. 3)
F. Schubert – Impromptu in E flat Major (Op. 90, No. 2)
R. Schumann – Sonata No. 2 in G minor (Op. 22)
R. Schumann – From Bunte Blätter (Op. 99)  Albumblätter
R. Schumann – Fantasy in C Major (Op. 17)
C. Schumann – Romance (Op. 11, No. 1)
R. K. Shchedrin – Basso Ostinato
C. Sinding –  ”Frühlingsrauschen“ (Op. 32, No. 3)
N. L. Slonimsky – The Bells
P.I. Tchaikovsky – The Seasons, (Op. 37a October)
S. Vainiunas – Little insect suite (Op. 7)

Chamber music

L. van Beethoven – Piano trio in D Major (Op. 70, No. 1 “Ghost“)
L. van Beethoven – Piano trio in B flat Major (Op. 97 “Archduke“)
J. Brahms – Piano trio in B Major (Op. 8)
J. Brahms – Cello sonata No. 1 in E minor (Op 38)
F. Chopin – Rondo in C Major for two pianos (Op. 73)
A. Dvorak – Piano trio in F minor (Op. 65)
F. J. Haydn – Piano trio in G Major, Hob. XV/25 “Gypsy“
S. S. Prokofiev – Flute sonata (Op. 94)
W. A. Mozart – Theme and variations in G Major for 4 hands, K. 501
F. Poulenc – Sonata for 4 hands, FP 8
F. Poulenc – Elégie for two pianos, FP 175
S. V. Rachmaninoff – “Thème russe“ and “Glory“ from 6 Morceaux (Op. 11 for 4 hands)
F. Schubert – 3 Marches Militaires for 4 hands, D 733
R. Schumann – Adagio and Allegro (Op. 70)

With Orchestra

L. van Beethoven – Piano Concerto No. 4 in G Major (Op. 58)
J. Brahms – Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat Major (Op. 83)
F. Kuhlau – Piano Concerto in C Major
W. A. Mozart – Piano Concerto No. 23 in A Major, K. 488
P. I. Tchaikovsky – Piano concerto No. 1 in B flat minor (Op. 23)