The Danish National Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1925 as part of the Danish Broadcasting Corporation. Today, it is one of the leading symphony orchestras in Europe performing with the world’s leading conductors and soloists and recording for labels like Deutsche Grammophon and EuroArts.
Since 2016, the Chief Conductor of the Danish National Symphony Orchestra has been Fabio Luisi, whose contract has been extended until 2026. Former Principal Conductors and Principal Guest Conductors include Herbert Blomstedt (conductor laureate), Thomas Dausgaard (conductor laureate), Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Gerd Albrecht, Leif Segerstam, Dmitri Kitajenko and Yuri Temirkanov.
The Danish National Symphony Orchestra has performed with a.o. Anne Sophie Mutter, Leonidas Kavakos, Renée Fleming, Yo-Yo Ma, Leif Ove Andsnes, Lang Lang, Nigel Kennedy, Daniel Barenboim, Elisabeth Leonskaja, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Yehudi Menuhin and Itzhak Perlman.
The orchestra has toured extensively in the USA, in South America, in China, Japan and in most countries in Europe, and performed at some of the most prestigious venues including Carnegie Hall, Royal Albert Hall, Berlin Philharmonic, Suntory Hall, Concertgebouw, Konzertverein (Vienna) and the BBC Proms.
The Danish National Symphony Orchestra has a special feeling for Danish music – from classics like Carl Nielsen and Niels W. Gade to contemporary masters like Hans Abrahamsen, Bent Sørensen and Per Nørgård. Together with Fabio Luisi, the orchestra is recording all Carl Nielsen’s symphonies and solo concertos for Deutsche Grammophon, to be completed in the spring of 2023.
Each year more than 100,000 music-lovers experience the magic of live symphonic music with the Danish National Symphony Orchestra – both in the spectacular hall of DR Koncerthuset, Copenhagen (designed by Jean Nouvel) and on the Orchestra’s annual tour abroad. As a broadcast media orchestra, the Danish National Symphony Orchestra also has a large international following, thanks to radio and tv broadcasts by EuroArts and not least on YouTube where more than 300 million viewers have watched the orchestra’s live recordings from DR Koncerthuset.
“In Luisi’s hands, the coda of the symphony’s scherzo was fresh, exciting, and unlike any rendition I have ever heard. The finale was also exhilarating and uncommon, characterized by thrilling, dynamic swirls and novel accentuations of punctuating rhythmic motifs.”