The Danish Chamber Orchestra receives one of the biggest Prizes in Classical Music History

10 | Okt | 2020

The Danish Chamber Orchestra has won one of the most important titles a classical orchestra can accomplish – an ‘OPUS KLASSIK. The prestigious prize is just one of many achievements, bestowed upon the orchestra this year.

The Danish Chamber Orchestra is having a good year harvesting the fruits of its work.
Not only did the Orchestra win two prominent prizes at The International Classical Music Awards 2020 (ICMA), but has with Principal Conductor, Ádám Fischer, now gained one of the most prestigious awards in classical music with an OPUS KLASSIK 2020 for “Best Symphonic Recording / Music 19th century” for the recording of Beethoven’s symphonies. An acknowledgement, which the orchestra has worked hard for:

“There’s no doubt that we, as the only musician-owned orchestra in Denmark, have been forced to reinvent ourselves following our exit from DR (the Danish national broadcaster) and rethink the idea of how to drive an orchestra to the highest possible artistic level. So to receive a prize like this one is a huge result of our dedication to the music, our courage and hard work throughout the years, which has now succeeded, against all odds. I’m extremely proud of what we have accomplished together as an orchestra and am looking forward to our many concerts in the future”, says Director of Danish Chamber Orchestra, Andreas Vetö.

The Danish Chamber Orchestra gave a powerful performance, which is why the entire team’s excitement is huge.

“We worked very hard to create an interpretation of how we believe Beethoven’s nine symphonies should sound. It makes us happy to read the praising words and to receive such an eminent recognition of our work. This expands our confidence into the future recording of Brahms’ symphonies, which is scheduled for the beginning of next year.”, says Ádám Fischer.

From a DR termination to international accolades

Five years after the Danish Broadcasting Corporation’s (DR) Chamber Orchestra was terminated, the Danish Chamber Orchestra has now firmly settled as a musician-owned orchestra. With more than 50 national concerts last year and the gained positive attention, the Orchestra has experienced an increase in demand, not only in Denmark, but also in an international context. Director of Danish Chamber Orchestra, Andreas Vetö, is very pleased by this:

“It’s a huge ambition for us that the Danish Chamber Orchestra can be experienced internationally as well as in Denmark, as was the case with our concert in Musikverein in Vienna last year. With the most recent prizes and positive reviews, the international classical scene has noticed us. This has resulted in an increased demand from the international concert venues. We hope that this demand will contribute to the overall ambition of becoming more international. In the Autumn of 2021 the Orchestra is expected to be performing in Graz, Austria, Covid-19 circumstances permitting”, concludes Andreas Vetö.

Apart from winning the OPUS KLASSIK for “Best Symphonic Recording / Music 19th century”, The Danish Chamber Orchestra was nominated in four categories at the OPUS KLASSIK: ‘Principal Conductor of the Year’, ‘Ensemble of the Year’, The Symphony Recording of the Year’, and this year’s special category ‘Beethoven 250 Years’.

The OPUS KLASSIK succeeds Echo Klassik (1997-2917), and was granted for the first time in 2018 and the German music prize is already ranked as one of the most important classical music awards in Europe. The nominees are celebrated at an exclusive gala concert in Berlin on October.