Carsten Bo Eriksen (alias My Beautiful Decay 1973) is a prize winning and award nominated danish composer. His music incorporates elements and inspiration from post-rock, american minimalism, ambient electro-acoustic/electronic music and field recordings. He’s educated at the Royal Academy of Music as a composer (1997-2003), pupil of Professor Ib Nørholm, Ivar Frounberg and Hans Abrahamsen. As a painter and videoartist he is selftaught. He had his debut from the extended studies program in composition in 2003. Furthermore he has studied at Berklee College of Music, Mass, USA. And has studied the balinese gamelan music in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia, with the musician Pak Tama. In 2004 he was granted by the Danish Arts Foundation with a 3 year working grant.
As a counterpart to artists like Olafur Arnalds, Max Richter, Philip Glass, Johann Johannsson, My Beautiful Decay 1973 alias composer and pianist Carsten Bo Eriksen brings a fresh approach to the post-classical and neo-classical expression of our time, blending the rigour for the classical tradition with the experimental electronic music. He’s been working with the same musicians American Contemporary Music Ensemble (ACME) as his composer colleague Max Richter and the late icelandic composer Johann Johannsson, since 2015, and performed primarily in the US and in Europe. He’s been nominated for a Danish Music Award - Classical with his former ensemble Nordlys and won the first prize for best electronic music at the Danish Arts Foundation.
Since 1991 he has produced and established ensembles, among others the critical acclaimed ensemble Nordlys and art rockband Melonheads. He has established and been active in the realisation of music and media festivals like the World Music Days (1996) and ARTRA (2000).And he was a boardmember of the concert society for contemporary music Musica Nova (1997-2000). He’s been appointed member of KODA’s collective tape funds assets (2003 and 2013). He’s been appointed jury member of ISCM (Danish section)(2000). In 2002 he was nominated for a Danish Music Award (grammy) for best chamber music release with his ensemble Nordlys on the record label DaCapo Records. In 2001 he was the 1st prize winner of the Danish Art Foundations electronica competition. In 2005 he won the 2nd prize for best journalism on the internet INSOMNIA, creating the sound, and in 2009 the 1st prize for best media production on the internet together with the Face The Climate team. He’s also committed to work with a broad scope of collaborators, as with multiscoped artist and singer Martin Hall, visual contemporary artist Jesper Fabricius, The Symphony Orchestra Copenhagen Philharmonics, Athelas Sinfonietta, Ars Nova Ensemble (SWE), Ensemble Adapter (GER), JACK Quartet (US), ACME (US) Messer Quartet (DK). He’s been exhibited and performed at the most prestigious spaces in Danmark as the Museum of Modern Art Louisiana, The National Gallery of Denmark, The Royal Library “Black Diamond ConcertHall”, Tivoli’s Concerthall, VEGA. Internationally he has been performed in Germany, USA, Spain, Sweden, Norway ect. He has also been performed live and been aired on the Danish National Radio, and on other radiostations around Europe, and been featured on many official playlists internationally on Amazon Music, Apple Music, KK Box and Spotify among others.