Meet the EarMaster team

EarMaster is a music app development company founded in Denmark in 1994. Our mission is to develop the best music learning apps that may help musicians obtain better musical skills. What drives our company is a deep passion for music in all its shapes and colors. All of our employees are musicians and avid users of EarMaster on a personal basis.

Awards and Prizes  
2020: EarMaster was promoted by Apple as New App we love - Best App of the Month upon release of the iPhone version.
2019: EarMaster was nominated as a finalist for the Music Teacher Awards for Excellence in the Outstanding Digital/Technological Resource category.
2017: EarMaster was nominated in the "Best educational tool" category at the prestigious NAMM TEC Awards in Los Angeles.
2012 and 2011: EarMaster was awarded 2 consecutive Gazelle Prizes by Danish financial newspaper Børsen for being one of Denmark's fastest-growing companies.

Hans Lavdal Jakobsen<br /><span style="font-size: 0.6em;">M.Sc. Robotics</span>
Hans Lavdal Jakobsen
M.Sc. Robotics
CEO & FOUNDER

Hans is the original founder of EarMaster. Today, he is the CEO of the company and was, until 2021, the lead developer of the EarMaster software.

With his engineering background in robotics and his personal interest for Jazz and Pop, he developed the idea of EarMaster back in the mid-90's and created the great ear training program we know today.

He plays the piano, mainly jazz and gospel music, and plays at various Gospel events in the area where he lives.

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Leon Mortensen<br /><span style="font-size: 0.6em;">M.Sc. Computer Science</span>
Leon Mortensen
M.Sc. Computer Science
PRODUCT MANAGER & LEAD DEVELOPER

Leon joined EarMaster in 2021 to boost the development of EarMaster and take it to new territories. His long experience as studio & broadcast product development leader at TC Electronic makes him the perfect man to take EarMaster's product development to a new level.

When he's not developing products and software, Leon likes to read a good book, listen to Jazz or Classical music, hike in the wilderness or along Caminos, run, do Yoga or drink a good glass of red wine with friends.

He plays the Guitar and also spent some time studying philosophy, ethics and religion.

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Quentin Nicollet<br /><span style="font-size: 0.6em;">M.A. English &amp; European Studies</span>
Quentin Nicollet
M.A. English & European Studies
SALES & MARKETING MANAGER

Quentin from France is taking care of EarMaster's marketing, distribution and customer/sales support. He is also contributing to the development of EarMaster (graphics, content, UI/UX, localization, etc.). He holds a MA in English and European Studies from Sorbonne Nouvelle university in Paris and the University of Aarhus in Denmark.

When he's not at the office or with his family, he is either recording music in his studio, playing shows with his bands in which he plays guitar, or taking care of his record label.

His favorite musical genre is Metal - mostly black, as in coffee - but he also likes Rock, Gipsy Jazz, Neo Folk, Blues, Classical music, and Johnny Cash.

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Niels Bastrup<br /><span style="font-size: 0.6em;">M.Mus. Music Theory</span>
Niels Bastrup
M.Mus. Music Theory
EDUCATIONAL SALES MANAGER

After years of teaching Music Theory at various music schools, including the Royal Academy of Music in Aarhus (Denmark), as well as leading the Orkester Midtvest Symphonic Orchestra, Niels decided in 2022 to join EarMaster and become our Educational Sales Manager. With his experience in music academics and management, he has all the know-how required to help schools find the perfect solution for their teaching needs and make the best out of their EarMaster Cloud account.

Niels plays the guitar and the piano, and has worked several years as a choir conductor. He likes to write music for Big Bands, Rock, or Classical Orchestras, and listens to Classical, Rock, Folk and Jazz – with a predilection for Bach and Tchaikovsky.

In his spare time, Niels coaches a youth soccer team and enjoys outdoor sports like kayak, soccer or disc golf.

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Irene Labrador<br /><span style="font-size: 0.6em;">M.Mus. Cello Performance</span>
Irene Labrador
M.Mus. Cello Performance
SUPPORT & MARKETING - SPANISH-SPEAKING COUNTRIES

Irene from Barcelona takes care of our Spanish-language activities: translations, customer support and some marketing tasks.

Cellist by profession, she took a Master in Cello Performance at the Royal Academy of Music in Aarhus, Denmark, where she also works as a cello and orchestra teacher.

Over the years, her holistic views on music have brought her to study other musical fields such as ear training, singing, dancing, theater and yoga. She can't stand still, always embracing new exciting projects!

Niclas Facius<br /><span style="font-size: 0.6em;">M.Sc. Media Science</span>
Niclas Facius
M.Sc. Media Science
SUPPORT & MARKETING

Niclas has a Master's degree in Media Science from Aarhus University. He is taking care of customer support at EarMaster, as well as participates in some of our Marketing projects.

He has been playing music (mainly drums & percussion) since he was able to hold a drumstick, and has played pretty much everything from classical percussion with different orchestras to touring around the world as a drummer in his hardcore band Road To Manila. He listens to indie, rock, hardcore & metal, jazz, hip-hop, classical and everything in-between.

Besides his work at EarMaster, he also runs a video company called Norf Studio.

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The office

Egaa MarinaOur office is based in Aarhus, Denmark. Located in northern Europe, Denmark is a small country of 6 million people. Our office building is located at the beautiful yachting marina of Egå, where fresh air and a nice view of the Baltic sea inspires us everyday. Our work environment is quite relaxed. That means: no suits and ties, and a bit of fun and music is always welcome.

The EarMaster history

The EarMaster history goes back to 1992, where founder Hans Jakobsen was preparing for conservatory training. He seriously needed to develop his musical ear fast, but could not find any effective ear training tools. These circumstances paved the way for the foundation of EarMaster.

Hans came up with the idea of using computers for ear training, and by 1994 he had developed the first software program for ear training - a simple program primarily intended for music students. In 1996 the first edition of EarMaster saw the light of day. EarMaster not only addressed music students, who shared similar experiences, but now all musicians could benefit from our program - and from their own musical ear!

Starting up more than a decade ago with a DOS-based program and now having, in our opinion, the best ear training software in the world - translated into many languages and distributed globally - tells us that a lot of ears need us!