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

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.

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

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.

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

Quentin is taking care of EarMaster's marketing, distribution and sales. He is also contributing to the development of EarMaster (graphics, content, UI/UX, localization, etc.). Originally from France, 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 genres are Metal, Rock, Neo Folk, Ambient, Classical music, Movie soundtracks, and more.

Søren Lahn Sloth<br /><span style="font-size: 0.6em;">M.Mus. Classical Music Education, Ensemble Conducting, and Bass Trombone</span>
Søren Lahn Sloth
M.Mus. Classical Music Education, Ensemble Conducting, and Bass Trombone

Søren joined our team in March 2024. Having completed a Master’s degree in Music and taught music theory and trombone for several years, he has first-hand experience with the amazing opportunities offered by apps such as EarMaster to boost the learning outcomes of students. He also published a book with his own Trombone method called Music Quest for Trombone.

As a musician, Søren has played the trombone with the symphonic orchestras of Aarhus, Aalborg, Sønderborg and Odense here in Denmark.

In his free time, he loves to spend time with friends from far and wide playing board games, which he’s a huge fan of!

Irene Labrador<br /><span style="font-size: 0.6em;">M.Mus. Cello Performance</span>
Irene Labrador
M.Mus. Cello Performance

Irene 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. Besides EarMaster, Irene also works as a cello teacher in Barcelona, Spain.

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

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.




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!