grew up in Copenhagen, Denmark. Beginning his training as a classical
violin player at the age of six, Mads later graduated from the
prestigious Sankt Annae School, where he started playing jazz at the
age of 16. During those years, Mads received 1st prize in both the
prestigious Berlingske Tidendes Classical and Jazz Competitions.
While still in high school, Mads appeared on the well known Danish TV
series "The Spider," performing with several distinguished
Danish jazz musicians. After leaving Denmark, Mads traveled to
Boston, where he went on to receive his Bachelor of Music degree at
the Berklee College of Music, graduating summa cum laude. During his
three years there he studied with jazz violinist Matt Glaser,
saxophonist Joe Lovano and pianist JoAnne Brackeen, among others. He
has received Sankt Annae's Award for Musical Excellence, as well as
grants from Queen Margaret, the Sonning Foundation and the Berklee
Elvin Jones Award. Mads has performed with Paquito D'Rivera, Joe
Lovano, Al Di Meola, Lenny White, Gerry Brown and is currently a
member of the renowned and Grammy nominated group, Turtle Island
String Quartet. Mads has recorded 3 CDs of his original compositions,
one of which features JoAnne Brackeen, and has recorded in a piano
trio with vibraphonist Dave Samuels. Mads is also featured on singer
Teena Marie's latest CD, "La Dona."
Mads on his original composition "Palace"