Terkel Nørgaard was born on June 18, 1983, in Copenhagen Denmark.
His formal music education consists of the following:
2012 – 2014 Cand. Musicae from Rhythmic Music Conservatory, Copenhagen
2009 – 2012 Bachelor from Rhythmic Music Conservatory, Copenhagen
2006 – 2009 Bachelor from Musicology, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen.
Terkel has also studied with some of the finest teachers from Denmark and from USA, including Billy Hart, Jeff Ballard, Dan Weiss, Ari Hoenig, Ed Thigpen, John Riley, Peter Retzlaff, Kresten Osgood, Martin Andersen, Morten Lund and Jonas Johansen.
He has played with many groups and artists including Jørgen Leth, Ralph Alessi, Palle Mikkelborg, Søren Ulrik Thomsen, Bob Rockwell, Thomas Agergaard and Nicolaj Stochholm among others.
His parents were both musicians and taught music. So, Terkel had an early interest in music and quickly picked up playing piano at age of 4 and moving on to violin at age of 5. But it was about a year later, during a concert with a young drummer named Georg Forchammer, that Terkel was moved by Georg’s playing and touched by the drums strong rhythms and sound. From that moment on, Terkel wanted to play drums. He applied to Copenhagen Music School at age 7 for lessons with Christian Utke Schiøler, Gert Mortensen and Per Jensen.
In high school Terkel, found himself challenged when he got the opportunity to play in the Aurehøj Big Band at his high school. This was Terkel’s first encounter with jazz, and from that on jazz was it! He bought records, went to concerts, read literature about the late great jazz giants, such as Miles Davis. Toward the end of his high school years, he took private lessons with Kresten Osgood, who showed Terkel what jazz was and what jazz could be. These lessons were very important for Terkel’s future as a drummer and a musician.