Biography – MORTEN ALBEK


2020. “Shohin Through the seasons”. Published by LR Presse / Esprit Bonsai. (In 2024 a third Shohin Bonsai book will be published).

2008. “Majesty in Miniature, Shohin Bonsai. unlocking the secrets of small trees”. Published by Stone Lantern Publishing.


Lectures, workshops, and demos are available for bonsai clubs, commercial bonsai dealers, and event organizers. With 25 years of bonsai experience, Morten Albek has a wide knowledge to hand over to students.

Widely recognised for his work with Shohin bonsai, and the Shohin Bonsi Online School.

Morten Albek has been on the bonsai scene for more than 25 years and has travelled all over the world teaching bonsai at major events, at small clubs and at numerous workshops.

Since 2003 serving the Shohin bonsai enthusiasts online, and since 2020 with online student memberships, teaching bonsai at all levels.

Morten Albek is based in Denmark and the nursery Kisetsu-en is the base for teaching. Kisetsu-en means “garden of the changing seasons” and reflects the philosophy and spirit of Kisetsu-en Shohin & Bonsai.

The collection of bonsai varies from the smallest Mame and Shohin bonsai to larger bonsai.

As a bonsai professional Morten teaches groups of students. Bonsai demonstrations at the largest scenes. From Brazil to China and India. And of course all around Europe.


Appeared in these magazines: Esprit Bonsai magazine, Bonsai Focus, Kinbon Magazine, the all Japan Mame-Bonsai Association website, Bonsai & Tea Magazine, The Danish Bonsai Association Magazine (and website), The Cologni Foundation for Artistic Craft Professions (Fondazione Cologni dei Mestieri d’Arte), Bonsai Empire, and more.


A lot of awards, including:

Winner of the Danish New Talent Contest (2001), Keyaki Master (2003), Special Award for Shohin-Bonsai Display at Danish Bonsai Association Exhibit (2004), Bonsai Today/Art of Bonsai contest winner companion plantings category (2003), 1st prize Shohin at Danish Bonsai Society 27th Exhibition (2008), Art of Bonsai Awards winner of the AoB Shohin-Bonsai category (2009), 1st prize Shohin at Danish Bonsai Society 29th Exhibition (2010), Best display at Danish Bonsai Society 30th Anniversary Exhibition (2011) and more…

Former board member and Chairman of the Danish Bonsai Society for more periods.


2021 – WBU Instructor at the World Bonsai University

2020 – World Bonsai Artist Community member.

2017 – Appointed Black Scissors international penjing cultural exchange ambassador.

2014 – Appointed Ambassador of Shanghai Botanical Garden, international friendship and corporation.


Featured in the Jubilee book of Daizo Iwasaki and is on the Bonsai Club International artists list i.e.

In 2008 he published his book ‘Majesty in Miniature, Shohin Bonsai, unlocking the secrets of small trees’.  In 2014 Morten Albek was appointed as Ambassador of Shanghai Botanical Garden for the promotion of Bonsai Art.

Morten Albek has been working as a cameraman and photographer since 1989. But before that, he is examined gardener with a speciality in orchids in 1982.

Morten Albek started on his bonsai journey in 1993, and has since worked on building up knowledge and skills, and is today teaching bonsai, especially Shohin-bonsai internationally.



Shohin Bonsai Europe since 2003.