About Niklas

Niklas Johansen is a classical guitarist born in 1989 in Copenhagen, Denmark. He has received international acclaim after winning several international competitions and awards.

He has played concerts as a soloist and in chamber music groups in 17 countries all around the world. He has frequently been invited for concerts and masterclasses at renowned festivals across Europe, Russia and big parts of China. Furthermore he has recorded his debut cd in 2016 with the Italian label dotGuitar, the cd “Paganini // Piazzolla” in 2018 with Kehan Zhang, and he has performed as a soloist with the Danish National Symphony Orchestra and Pleven Philharmonic (Bulgaria).

Niklas started playing guitar at the age of 9, and began his studies in 2009 at The Royal Danish Academy of Music under Jesper Sivebæk.

After finishing his bachelor exam attending the highest grade possible he went to Alicante in 2013 and finished a Master in Classical Guitar Performance with professors David Russell, Manuel Barrueco and others. After finishing his final exam attending the highest possible he received the Latin honor “cum laude”. In 2014 he went one year abroad and studied a year with Ricardo Gallén at the Hochschule Für Musik Franz Liszt in Weimar, Germany. In 2015 he played his Master’s Recital in Denmark receiving the highest grade and since then he has been doing post-graduate degrees with Jesper Sivebæk in Denmark and Ricardo Gallén in Weimar. Since 2022 he has been appointed as a teacher at the Royal Danish Academy of Music.

Besides his studies he has received several lessons with high-profiled guitarists such as Marcin Dylla, Alvaro Pierri, Pavel Steidl, Scott Tennant, Ana Vidovic, Judicael Perroy, Aniello Desiderio and Zoran Dukic.

Prizes and Honours


1st prize in the 35th international guitar competition in volos (greece)


The Léonie Sonning Talent Prize


DR (Danish Broadcast) P2 Talent Prize


Odd Fellow Music Prize


1st prize in the 3rd International Guitar Competition in Pleven (Bulgaria)


1st prize in the China Shenyang International Guitar Competition


1st Prize in the 6th international Guitar competition in Berlin (germany)


1st prize in the 18th "Alirio Diaz" International Guitar Competition in Rust (Austria)


1st prize in the 21st International Guitar Competition in Mottola (Italy)


1st prize in the 3rd international guitar festival “Aachener Gitarrenpreis” (Germany)


1st prize in the 9th International Guitar Competition in Olsztyn (Poland)