was born and raised in Copenhagen. She discovered Danish traditional
music at an early age, visiting old players in their homes and hearing
the music at dances, summer schools and concerts.
has played piano for dance music since the age of twelve. Performing
with, among others, Viggo Balle Gade from Thy, Helge and Thomas
Ingolf Sørensen from West Jutland, Malene has, like Tove,
developed a strong knowledge, and a natural love for traditional
Danish music and dance.
graduated from the "rhythmic" program at the "Jutland
Music Academy" in 1998. Since that time Malene has been an
instructor at various music schools throughout Denmark, including
the "Carl Nielsen Academy of Music" as the piano teacher
in the Folk music department.
is very active in Danish folk music circles. She is also the piano
player for the Irish set-dance group "Aarhus
All Star Céilí Band". As
accompanist for numerous fiddlers and groups Malene is familiar with the
dance repertoires of Ireland, Quebec and Cape Breton Island, on the east
coast of Canada. In recent years Malene has visited Cape Breton several
times to study the piano style unique to their tradition. Malene is also
the bass player for the contemporary Danish group "Instinkt".
Instinkt released their debut album in 2002.