Welcome to Odense Symphony Orchestra
With an internationally renowned Chief conductor, a praised
Principal Guest Conductor, and 73 highly skilled musicians from 17
nations, Odense Symphony Orchestra has positioned itself internationally
and contributes to the reputation of Odense and Denmark abroad.
The Odense Symphony Orchestra – one of
Denmarks five regional orchestras – was established in 1946, but it’s
roots go all the way back to about the year 1800. From being a theatre
orchestra that also played symphonic music the orchestra today is a
continuously developing and expanding modern symphony orchestra with 73
permanent musicians and a high level of activity. Concerts and
productions with Odense Symphony Orchestra vary in terms of size and
genre: from symphony concerts, light classical and opera to chamber
music, children/youth concerts and crossovers.
The Odense Symphony Orchestra
is based in Odense Concert Hall, which was inaugurated in 1982. Most of
the orchestra’s concerts are given in the Carl Nielsen Hall, a concert
hall with excellent acoustics, a seating capacity of 1,212 and a large
46-stops organ built by Marcussen & Son, one of the world’s leading
Chief conductor, Alexander Vedernikov
Maestro, Alexander Vedernikov, was appointed Chief conductor and
artistic adviser of the Odense Symphony Orchestra in May 2009. As former
music director of the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, Vedernikov has been
credited with rebuilding the Bolshoi Theatre’s historical reputation for
artistic excellence. Through his selection of music and personal
influence, Vedernikov will have a great impact on the Danish orchestra’s
artistic development in the near future. Vedernikov’s contract with
Odense Symphony Orchestra runs until 2012 – with obligation to prolong.
December 3rd 2009 Vedernikov will conduct his first concert
with Odense Symphony Orchestra. In the season to come, six concerts are
already on schedule.
Danish and international artists
Orchestra performs concerts in company with soloists representing the
crème-de-la-crème of both Danish and international artists. Among others
the orchestra presents: Nikolaj Znaider, celebrated as one of the
foremost violinists of today. Vassily Primakov, recently called a
pianist’s pianist and the Danish opera singer, barytone Bo Skovhus etc.
Extraordinary talented people
The Odense Symphony
Orchestra consists of 73 highly skilled professional musicians from 17
nations. Together they create a rich sound, warm and yet clear, upon
which the principal players shape the special character of the
Since 2007 Odense Symphony Orchestra has been headed by CEO Finn
Schumacker. After eight years as principal tubist with the Bavarian
State Opera as well as busy soloist and clinician, Schumacker changed
pathway and has managed the orchestras in Aalborg and Helsingborg as
well as the Royal Academy of Music in Aarhus.
Carl Nielsen International Competition and FestivalProductions and tours
Carl Nielsen International Music Competition was founded in the late
1970's by Odense Symphony Orchestra's then Chief Conductor, Karol Stryja
and leader Peder Elbæk as well as by the City's Mayor Mr Verner
Dalskov. In 1980 the first violin competition took place, and thereafter
it has been held every four years in May-June. In 1997 and1998 the
disciplines clarinet and flute were added to the Carl Nielsen
Competition. Odense International Organ Competition was founded in the
mid-80's by two of Odense's leading organ players, Poul Børch, Odense
Cathedral and organist in Sct. Hans Church, Henning Nielsen as well as
by Mayor of Odense Mr. Verner Dalskov. The Organ Competition was held
for the first time in 1986 organized by the City of Odense. As of
January 1, 2009 the Organ Competition was added as a fouth disciplin of
the Carl Nielsen International Music Competition.
The Odense Symphony Orchestra’s busy schedule comprises approx. 100
productions per year including symphonic and opera performances,
recordings and tours. Since it’s first tour in 1975, the Odense Symphony
Orchestra has played more than 100 concerts abroad: in the USA, China,
Austria, Belgium, Germany, Greece, Holland, the Baltic countries,
Russia, Spain and Sweden.
The orchestra’s discography of about
70 CD’s includes a varied repertoire reaching from classical
masterpieces to contemporary music, among them several award winning
Chopin: Piano Concertos 1 & 2, with Vassily Primakov, piano and Paul Mann, conductor on Bridge Records.
Grammy winner and nominees
In 1992 Odense
Symphony Orchestra won a Danish Grammy for a recording of music by Frans
Syberg, conducted by Tamas Vetö. Further the Odense Symphony Orchestra
was nominated for a Danish Grammy in 2007 for the recording of Paul von
Klenau: Die Liebe und Tod des Cornetts Christoph Rilke with
star-barytone Bo Skovhus on Dacapo.
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Nowadays classic music is all around us,
whether it be in restaurants, supermarkets, lifts, for advertising or
as theme and incidental music on television. A great deal of film music
either directly uses or draws from the 'classical' tradition; a good
example might be classic music on film. As a regional and national
orchestra, Odense Sympohony Orchestra is dedicated not only to
preserving and presenting great classical music by great composers, but
also to provide an exquisite experience to a broader audience.
Odense Symfoniorkester - et af Danmarks fem landsdelsorkestre - blev grundlagt i 1946, men dets rødder går helt tilbage til omkring år 1800. Fra at være et teaterorkester, som også spillede symfonisk musik, fremstår orkestret i dag som et moderne symfoniorkester med et højt aktivitetsniveau og under stadig udvikling.
Orkestret har hjemme i Odense Koncerthus, som blev indviet i 1982. Hovedparten af orkestrets koncerter finder sted i Carl Nielsen Salen, en koncertsal med en fremragende akustik, plads til 1.212 mennesker samt udstyret med et 46-stemmer stort orgel bygget af et af verdens førende orgelbyggerier, Marcussen & Søn.
Odense Symfoniorkester havde ved grundlæggelsen 22 musikere, men er i årenes løb vokset støt, og har nu 73 fastansatte medlemmer. Orkestret giver årligt ca. 100 koncerter med et repertoire, der strækker sig fra barokken til vor egen tids musik.
Orkestrets turnévirksomhed inkluderer store koncertrejser til USA, Kina, Tyskland, Grækenland, Østrig, Holland, Belgien, Sverige, hele fem turnéer i Spanien og to i det tidligere Sovjetunionen.
Diskografien er omfattende - mere end 60 udgivelser er det blevet til og flere er undervejs - og tæller adskillige prisvindende udgivelser. I 2007 opnåede en cd med musik af den amerikanske komponist Peter Lieberson en ærefuld nominering ved Grammy-uddelingen i Los Angeles.