Welcome to The Danish Chamber Orchestra!
We play magical, classical performances and large scale, popular concerts. We involve children and youth in many of our productions and create intimate and grand musical experiences. We are flexible, curious and dedicated to the music and to our audience.
The Danish Chamber Orchestra:
- Spectacular events and concerts for everyone across generations
- Top- level classical concerts
- An attractive collaborator who is continuously seeking development and new initiatives
Our vision is to create great musical experiences for all – throughout the country, across genres and generations. The Danish Chamber Orchestra is the country’s first major musician owned orchestra, and we want to push the limits of what a classical orchestra can do! Therefore, we constantly develop new musical concepts with interesting collaborators. Large-scale popular concerts with the best soloists are part of our DNA. At the same time, we play top-level classical concerts both nationally and internationally. We are especially known for our interpretations of the Viennese classicism repertoire with Principal Conductor Ádám Fischer. Engaging with children and the younger generations is one of our top priorities, inviting them into the world of music through concert formats that actively involve them.
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The Story of the Orchestra
In 2014 the DR Danish Chamber Orchestra had their 75th anniversary. However, 2014 also became the year in which DR decided to close the orchestra for budget reasons.
Strong forces in the Danish music and business world took the initiative to let the orchestra continue as a musician owned orchestra. It has been crucial to the project’s artistic quality that the musicians in the original orchestra are still dedicated to the idea. Along with our Principal conductor Ádám Fischer and conductor David Firman, the musicians themselves have taken responsibility for the project. In 2015 a professional management and board were appointed, and the orchestra became The Danish Chamber Orchestra.
In February 2016, the funds for a complete recording of Beethoven’s nine symphonies fell into place. This project was initiated during the DR era and was a great wish of Principal conductor Ádám Fischer.
The funding marked that The Danish Chamber Orchestra as a musician owned orchestra had come into being as the first of its kind in Denmark. The orchestra is currently well on its way with concerts and recordings. We expect to release all of Beethoven’s Symphonies in the spring of 2019.
The identity of The Danish Chamber Orchestra as a unifying cultural institution for 75 years is a strong brand with a huge audience. In addition to an outstanding artistic level, the orchestra is also known for its flexibility, curiosity, courage and great desire to challenge the limits of what a professional orchestra can and must do.
The Danish Chamber Orchestra is run as a project orchestra based on an economy created from grants, cooperation with the Danish business world, ticket revenues, and from 2017 a special grant from the Danish state. The musicians are paid for the projects and concerts they participate in.
Dynamic initiative and diversity characterise the creative work of the world-renowned conductor Ádám Fischer.
Under his direction, the Wagner Festival in Budapest has established an excellent reputation in the more than ten years of its existence – with opera productions at the Palace of Arts, including Wagner’s Ring cycle as their centrepiece performed on four consecutive days every year.
Ádám Fischer founded the Haydn Festival in Eisenstadt in 1987 and over the years he has established its reputation as a renowned centre for performing the music of Haydn.
He has a close relationship with the Danish Chamber Orchestra in Copenhagen, whose Principal Conductor he has been since 1998, an artistic partnership which has found its expression especially in a highly acclaimed and award-winning recording of Mozart’s complete symphonic work. This successful collaboration is now being continued with a Beethoven cycle.
Ádám Fischer‘s most recent project for the forthcoming seasons is to dedicate himself to the complete works of Gustav Mahler which he will perform in concert and record live on CD together with the Düsseldorfer Symphoniker whose Principal Conductor he has been since 2015.
At the Wiener Staatsoper, which has been one of his artistic homes since 1973, Ádám Fischer has conducted several new productions and as many as 26 different operas. In 2017 he was appointed Hononary Member of the Wiener Staatsoper in consultation with the Austrian Minister for Culture.
Visit his homepage: Adamfischer.at
As guest at the Bayreuth Festival for many years, he was elected Conductor of the Year by the German magazine Opernwelt in 2002 for his performances of Wagner’s Ring cycle.
In the concert hall, Ádám Fischer regularly appears on the podium with the Wiener Philharmoniker (2017 Mozartwoche Salzburg and subscription concerts at the Vienna Musikverein), Wiener Symphoniker (this season subscription concerts and “Frühling in Wien” at the Vienna Musikverein) and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment (recently in London, New York Carnegie Hall and Budapest), the Mozarteum Orchester Salzburg and in collaboration with all the leading orchestras worldwide such as the Münchner Philharmoniker, Bamberger Symphoniker, Tonhalle Orchester Zürich, Orchestre de Paris, London Philharmonic, Chicago and Boston Symphony Orchestras and NHK Symphony Orchestra.
Two Echo Klassik Awards for the recordings of the complete collection of symphonies by Joseph Haydn (Österreichisch-Ungarische Haydn Philharmonie), an International Classical Music Award in 2015 for a recording of the complete collection of Mozart’s symphonies (Danish Chamber Orchestra) and the Grand Prix du Disque awarded for the recordings of Goldmark’s The Queen of Sheba and Bartók’s Duke Bluebeard’s Castle document the wide range of his work in his extensive discography.