Concerto Copenhagen played its first concert in 1991 and has since developed into Scandinavia’s leading early music ensemble, joining the league of the world’s most exciting and innovative Baroque orchestras. Original interpretations and a strong ability to communicate with the audience are among Concerto Copenhagen’s hallmarks – making old music vital, relevant and contemporary.
In 1999 the internationally acclaimed harpsichordist and chamber musician, Lars Ulrik Mortensen, became the ensemble’s chief artistic director, he was awarded the coveted Léonie Sonning Music Prize in 2007.
The collaboration between Concerto Copenhagen and Lars Ulrik Mortensen has led to an exciting artistic and musical journey, appreciated and praised by audiences and critics worldwide, and combining a repertoire of well-known European music with less familiar works of Scandinavian origin.
Over the years Concerto Copenhagen has collaborated with many internationally renowned artists in the Early Music scene, including Emma Kirkby, Andreas Scholl, Anne Sofie von Otter, Sonia Prina, Vivica Genaux, Andrew Manze, Andrew Lawrence-King, Reinhard Goebel, Ronald Brautigam, Jordi Savall, and Alfredo Bernardini, the orchestra’s principal guest conductor. During the period 2015 - mid 2017 the Danish composer Karl Aage Rasmussen was composer-in-residence with Concerto Copenhagen and accompanied the orchestra on an adventurous expedition into the world of contemporary music. This collaboration led to world premieres receiving high critical acclaim!
Concerto Copenhagen’s CD recordings for CPO, Deutsche Grammophon and BIS, as well as DVD productions for Harmonia Mundi and Decca have attracted worldwide attention and won several international awards. This has led to invitations from many of Europe’s leading concert venues and festivals, as well as extensive tours to the USA, Japan, Brazil, Mexico, Australia and China. International reviews reflect the experience of a world orchestra at the highest level.
Concerto Copenhagen’s collaboration with Italian opera director Deda Cristina Colonna has led to highly successful opera productions in the orchestra’s hometown Copenhagen. In 2016 Concerto Copenhagen celebrated its 25th anniversary with a wide range of projects and events.
Partners and Sponsors
Concerto Copenhagen’s media partner in Denmark is DR P2 Musik (National Classical Channel). Most live concerts are recorded and broadcast in Denmark as well as via the EBU network in most parts of the world, thereby reaching an average of 15 million radio audiences each transmission!
In Denmark, Concerto Copenhagen enjoys a close collaboration with The Royal Theatre with an average of one opera per season. Recent productions include works by Purcell, Monteverdi and Mozart as well as performances of a selection of Handel’s most beloved operas, featuring counter-tenor Andreas Scholl as the lead role in both Julius Caesar and Partenope.
The orchestra is supported by the Danish Arts Council and is regarded as Denmark’s leading musical export within the field of classical music.