The Danish National Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1925 as part of the Danish Broadcast Corporation (DR) under the ambitious motto “The best – and only the best”.
With Maestro Fabio Luisi as its celebrated Principal Conductor and a succession of prominent guest artists each season, the Danish National Symphony Orchestra is today among Europe’s leading orchestras.
The distinctive sound of the Danish National Symphony Orchestra has been moulded over the years by Chief Conductors like Fritz Busch, Nicolai Malko, Herbert Blomstedt, Thomas Dausgaard and the late Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos. Today the Orchestra offers everything from Classical works by Beethoven and Brahms through Romantic tone-poems and modern masterpieces to new creations by the composers of tomorrow. At the same time, the Orchestra has a special feeling for Danish music – from classics like Carl Nielsen and Niels W. Gade to the very young composing talents.
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 (designed by Jean Nouvel) and on the Orchestra’s annual tour abroad. In addition to the concert audiences, the Orchestra’s popular Thursday Concerts are enjoyed by many Danes on radio and TV, and millions tune in when the concerts are broadcast internationally.
“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.”
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