Danish National Symphony Orchestra
The Danish National Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1925 and is regarded as one of the leading symphony orchestras in Scandinavia with regular visits of the world's leading conductors and soloists.
The strong and straightforward personality of the Symphony Orchestra is rooted in its close relationship with Danish and Nordic music.
From 2012-2014 Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos held the position as Principal Conductor of the orchestra. Fabio Luisi has been appointed as Chief Conductor from the season 2017/18. Honorary conductors are former Principal Ponductors Thomas Dausgaard (2004-2011) and Herbert Blomstedt (1967-1977). Yuri Temirkanov, Michael Schønwandt and Dmitri Kitajenko held position of First Guest Conductor of the orchestra.
The Danish National Symphony Orchestra is the leading Carl Nielsen orchestra in the world, and often takes Nielsen's music on tour abroad. For half a century the orchestra's Carl Nielsen recordings have been normative. The leading Danish composer Per Nørgård has had most of his symphonies premiered by the Danish National Symphony Orchestra.
In recent years the orchestra has appeared in China and Korea and has toured to Europe's finest concert halls such as the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Musikverein and Konzerthaus Vienna, Philharmonie Berlin, Théâtre des Champs Elysées in Paris and has performed at festivals such as BBC Proms, Salzburg Festival and Prague Spring.
The Danish National Symphony Orchestra has recorded numerous CDs for Dacapo, Decca and Chandos and has received honours for its recordings from all over the world.
Grammy and ECHO Klassik Award-winner Fabio Luisi serves as General Music Director of the Zurich Opera and Principal Conductor of the Metropolitan Opera. He launches a new appointment as Principal Conductor of the Danish National Symphony Orchestra in the 2017/18 season.
In 2015-16, the fifth season of his Met tenure, Luisi conducts David McVicar’s acclaimed Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci, Richard Eyre’s new Manon Lescaut, and Le nozze di Figaro. In his fourth season at the helm of the Zürich Opera, he premieres new productions of Wozzeck and I puritani, and leads Falstaff, Die Zauberflöte, and Tosca. He also tours with the Accademia Teatro alla Scala Orchestra, and returns to La Scala, the Opéra National de Paris, Teatro Regio di Torino as well as with the Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Santa Cecilia Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra and Malaysian Philharmonic.
As former Chief Conductor of the Vienna Symphony, Luisi was honored with the orchestra’s Golden Bruckner Medal and Ring. Other previous appointments include General Music Director of Dresden’s Staatskapelle and Sächsische Staatsoper, Artistic Director of Leipzig Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk, Music Director of the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Chief Conductor of the Tonkünstler-Orchester in Vienna, and Artistic Director of the Graz Symphony.
Luisi received a Grammy Award for his direction of Siegfried and Götterdämmerung when Deutsche Grammophon’s DVD release of the cycle, recorded live at the Met, was named 'Best Opera Recording' of 2012. His extensive discography also features operas by Verdi, Salieri, and Bellini; symphonies by Honegger, Respighi, and Liszt; works by Franz Schmidt and Richard Strauss; and an award-winning account of Bruckner’s Ninth Symphony. In 2015, the Philharmonia Zurich launched its own label Philharmonia Records with recordings of Berlioz, Wagner, and Rigoletto.
A native of Genoa, Luisi was awarded the Grifo d’Oro for his contributions to the city’s cultural legacy.
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