In 2006, together with Lars Hannibal, Michala launched the OUR Recordings label. Recent recordings include Siesta, inspired by Latin American and Mediterranean music; MovementsDialogue - East meets West (together with Chinese xiao/dizi player Chen Yue), a program of 10 duets composed especially for the CD by five Chinese and five Danish composers; and most recently (with Lars Hannibal), a program of rare 19th century works for recorder and guitar.
In 1997 Michala was nominated for the Nordic Council Music Prize and in 1998 received the Wilhelm Hansen Music Prize as well as the H.C. Lumbye Prize for her achievement in bringing classical music to a wider audience. In 2000 Michala Petri received the highly prestigious Sonning Music Prize, previously awarded among others to Stravinsky, Bernstein, Britten, Shostakovich, Menuhin and Miles Davis.
In 2010 in connection with the Danish Queen Margrethe ́s 70th Birthday, Michala received the Order: Knight of the Dannebrog of 1st degree. Michala is Vice-president of the Danish Cancer Society and an Ambassador for UNICEF Denmark.
Guitarist and lutenist Lars Hannibal was born 1951 and began playing guitar at the age of 15, his early inspirations being Bob Dylan and The Beatles. In 1972 Hannibal began formal lessons at the Royal Academy of Music Duo Concertante Souvenir, on RCA/BMG. This was followed by Air in 1997 and Kreisler Inspirations in 2001, which received the German Deutscher Schallplattenpreis ECHO in the category chamber music. Their recording of music by Danish composer Thomas Koppel Los Angeles Street Concerto was awarded Best Classical CD 2006 in Denmark.
In 2006, Michala Petri and Lars Hannibal launched their own recording company, OUR Recordings, with their duo CD, Siesta. In 2007 the young label came to international attention when Movements , with 1900 century music.
Since 2004 Lars Hannibal has collaborated extensively on several projects featuring Chinese music and musicians. The first recording from this artistic exploration was Spirits - East meets West Xiao (Bamboo Flute) player Chen Yue. The same year he formed an ensemble with Chen Yue, Michala Petri and Pipa player Yan Jiang called Quartet - East meets West, which has per- formed in several countries.
In addition to work as a chamber musician, Hannibal is a prolific arranger, and a tireless advocate of musical projects that cross cultural and musical borders, amongst other as music curator of the Danish Gala Concert in EXPO Shanghai 2010, where the counter- point is artistic dialogue between Denmark and China.
Lars Hannibal plays an Ignacio Fleta, Barcelona, Spain 1961.