Knudåge Riisager was born to Danish parents in Port Kunda, Estonia,
travelling with his family back to Denmark at the age of three.
studying political science and music in Copenhagen, Riisager went to
Paris to study composition under Albert Roussel and Paul le Flem from
1921-1923. During his stay in Paris Riisager came into contact with the
group Les Six and became acquainted with the music of, among others,
Igor Stravinsky. Riisager later studied music in Leipzig under Hermann
Among his contemporary Danish colleagues, Riisager
emerges as perhaps the most internationally minded, and he is known
around the world for his ballet music created in collaboration with
choreographer Harald Lander.