Renowned orchestra musicians from the Berliner Philharmoniker and the Berliner Symphoniker appraise Knud Jansen as an "extremely talented, dedicated and expressive conductor" and as a "substantially well-trained musician": "Well prepared, with a clear conception and a superior conducting technique he satisfied me and my colleagues of his talent during rehearsals and performances."
Own long-standing experience as an orchestra musician with the instruments double-bass, celesta, harpsichord and organ (concerts and recordings with artist as Andris Nelsons, Sol Gabetta, Johannes Moser, Marcelo Alvarez, Montserrat Caballé, et al.) shaped Knud Jansen as a conductor of loyal stature. Additionally he constantly immersed his professional skills and insights in working with the classical singing voice, thus also combine high expertise in the areas of oratorio and musical theater.
The international career of conductor Knud Jansen started with winnig the first prize at the international conductor competition of the Duna Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra Prize and Special Prize of the Jury at the Blue Danube Opera Conducting Competition of the State Opera Bourgas and particularly as a semi-finalist of the renowned Prague Spring Festival of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra. Concerts with the Czestochowa Philharmonic Orchestra, the Pazardjik Philharmonic Orchestra the Russian Chamber Philharmonic St. Petersburg and the Orquestra Classica do Sul follwed.
The foundation for this has been layed by his conducting engagements with German orchestras like the Bielefelder Philharmoniker, the Philharmonie Südwestfalen, the Folkwang Kammerorchester, the Westfälische Kammerphilharmonie and the orchestras of the Landestheater Detmold and the Nordharzer Städtebundtheater Halberstadt.
Knud Jansen has a special relationship to the Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie due to conducting engangements in every season of the last years.
An exceedingly motivating artistical highlight was the very positive cooperation with the Auswahlorchester INTERAKTION, consisting of members of renowned ensembles like the Berliner Philharmoniker, the Staatskapelle Berlin and Dresden, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig and more.
Furthermore, Knud Jansen gained vital impulse as an active participant of several international master classes as we all as from intense exchange with famous conductors like Bernard Haitink, Kurt Masur, Sylvain Cambreling and Jorma Panula; advanced studies of historically informed performance practice with Sir Roger Norrington followed.
Based on his broad musical knowledge, the impart of music and its cultural values is an important concern for Knud Jansen. This is being reflected in his popular concert introductions, lecture concerts, concerts for children and various special projects.
In 2013 he has been admitted as a conductor for the Vermittlungsprojekt Rhapsody in School - founded by the pianist Lars Vogt, and comprising many internationally acclaimed artists - which has been awarded with the ECHO prize in 2014.
Knud Jansen has been awarded with scholarships from the Kunst- & Kulturstiftung of North-Rhine Westphalia and with numerous Rotary scholarships.
After studying music and German philology, he completed a master of arts as a director of music at the "Hochschule für Musik" in Detmold in the class of Prof. Bloemeke with a final grade of A+. During this time, he was constantly entrusted with assisting and conducting performances of the university orchestra, the oratorio choir and the opera school.