Concerto Copenhagen

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Concerto Copenhagen

Chamber Orchestra

The orchestra played its first concert in 1991 and has since developed into one of Scandinavia’s leading early music ensembles and has joined the league of the world’s most exciting and innovative Baroque orchestras.

Concerto Copenhagen’s hallmark is its original interpretations and a strong ability to communicate with its audience – Concerto Copenhagen makes old music vital, relevant and contemporary.

In 1999 the internationally acclaimed harpsichordist and chamber musician, Lars Ulrik Mortensen, became chief artistic director of the ensemble and in 2007 he was awarded the Léonie Sonning Music Prize.

Photo: Francesco Galli

Scandinavian Origins

The collaboration between Concerto Copenhagen and Lars Ulrik Mortensen has led to an exciting artistic and musical journey, where the ensemble combines a repertoire of well-known European music with less familiar works of Scandinavian origin.

Over the years Concerto Copenhagen has cooperated with many internationally renowned artists on the Early Music scene: Emma Kirkby, Andreas Scholl, Anne Sofie von Otter, Andrew Manze, Reinhard Goebel, Ronald Brautigam and Andrew Lawrence-King. Andrew Lawrence-King is the orchestra’s principal guest conductor.


Concerto Copenhagen’s CD recordings for the German labels CPO and Deutsche Grammophon, as well as with BIS, have attracted international attention and the orchestra has been awarded several prestigious international awards. This has helped to open the doors to many of Europe’s leading concert halls, guest appearances at international festivals and tours in Europe, USA, Japan and Australia. International reviews reflect the experience of a cosmopolitan orchestra at the highest level.

In Denmark, Concerto Copenhagen enjoys a close collaboration with The Royal Theatre, and together they perform on average one opera annually. Recent productions include works by Monteverdi and Mozart as well as performances of Xerxes, Julius Caesar, Partenope and Jephtha by Handel. The counter-tenor Andreas Scholl starred as the lead role in both Julius Caesar and Partenope.

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