The Danish Chamber Orchestra is Saved

15. February 2016

With support from three Danish funds, the Danish Chamber Orchestra launches an extensive series of recordings and concerts, playing Beethoven’s nine symphonies, with its chief conductor, Adam Fischer. The project that continues through 2018, also marks the reality of the orchestra’s fight to become a privately funded orchestra.

The Danish Chamber Orchestra (DCO) survives. When the artistically ambitious Beethoven project takes its beginning on the 28th of February in Copenhagen, it will be the starting point for a three-year project centered around Beethoven’s nine symphonies. In the week following the concert, the orchestra and Adam Fischer will enter the studio to start the recording sessions.

The project builds upon the internationally renowned expression that chief conductor, Adam Fischer, and the orchestra has refined over the course of 18 years of working together. Their symbiotic collaboration resulted in being awarded the sought after ICMA Award last year for their recordings of Mozart’s symphonies.


Danish funds are securing the project
It is Augustinus Fonden, Aage og Johanne Louis-Hansens Fond, and A. P. Møller og Hustru Chastine McKinney Møllers Fond til almene Formaal that has ensured the needed funding for the three year concert and recording project with Adam Fischer. In addition to the work with Beethovens nine symphonies, the project also includes concert activities specifically targeted to adolescents and children – an initiative taken by Adam Fischer – as well as a look at Schubert, whose works the orchestra wishes to engage with after Beethoven.

Director of the orchestra, Stine Nissen, says, “We have spent 2015 establishing a well running machine with a professional board and administration as a backbone for the orchestra. Our first goal has been to raise the money necessary to secure the cooperation with Adam Fischer. A. P. Møller Fonden, Louis-Hansen Fonden, and Augustinus Fonden have taken the economical responsibility upon themselves in order to secure this internationally remarkable part of the orchestra’s activities. Through our concerts in 2015, we have found the few selected musicians who will join the original group of musicians in the time to come. We are excited to show that we can live up to the big expectations had here in Denmark, as well as internationally. “


Cooperation with DR
Furthermore, The Danish Chamber Orchestra has established a cooperation with DR’s Kor og Orkestre (DR’s Choirs and Orchestras). To begin with this entails that the DR KoncertKoret (DR Concert Choir) will perform a concert with the DNCO in 2017.


The bridge between rhythmical and classical music
Part of the orchestra’s vision is still to bridge the gap between rhythmical and classical music. Chairman of the board, Hans Gammeltoft-Hansen, says, “It’s a great pleasure that the three Danish funds have secured the cooperation between The Danish Chamber Orchestra and Adam Fischer.  It is of big artistic value.  Simultaneously, we want the orchestra to tour all of Denmark, playing a rhythmical popular repertoire.  It is quite unique that a symphonic orchestra is held in this high regard in such a wide range of the Danish population. Therefore, the board is looking into establishing an operational budget that will secure the nationwide tours alongside popular artists from the rhythmical scene.”



Beethoven no. 1 & 8, as well as Haydn’s Scena di Berenice and Mozart’s Bella mia fiamma.

At RDAM Concert Hall, Rosenørns Alle 22, 1970 Frederiksberg C. 16.00 on Sunday, 28th of February, 2016.

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Born in Hungary (1949), he received training at the conservatory in Budapest and had further studies in Vienna. He is a highly sought after conductor within operas and concerts and works with a wide range of the world’s leading international concert and opera houses – the Wiener Staatsoper, La Scala, The Metropolitan Opera, the Wiener Philharmonics, and the Bayreuth Festival, amongst others.

In 1998, he took place as chief conductor for the DCO, and today, when the orchestra is no longer with DR and its world has been turned upside down, he is still a crank and driving force in the orchesta’s work and activities. Recently, he took place as chief conductor for the Düsseldorfer Symphonics.


35 of the original musicians of the DCO are still the core of the current orchestra. When the orchestra was part of DR, it had 42 permanent positions. Five of these were vacant when the orchestra had to leave DR in September 2014. The musicians in the current DCO are not permanently employed, but are hired on a freelance basis. Many of the musicians hold permanent positions in other orchestras. Their work with DCO is only possible due to exceptional willingness from themselves and their current employers.

Furthermore, to ensure the high quality of the orchestra, the musicians, Artistic Manager John Frandsen and chief conductor Adam Fischer, spent 2015 finding the few selected complementing musicians – that know the orchestra’s and Adam Fischer’s particular sound and style of playing – who will play with the orchestra when necessary. This corps of assistants will ensure that the DCO and Adam Fischer can maintain and develop their artistic uniqueness.



  • Chairman: Hans Gammeltoft-Hansen, former Ombudsman in the Danish Parliament
  • Lars Nørby Johansen, business manager
  • Toni Lee Larsen, director, Vejle Musikteater
  • Signe Lopdrup, director, Roskilde Festival
  • Jens Birger Christensen, CEO, Birger Christensen