Introducing Concerto Copenhagen
Concerto Copenhagen performed its first concerts in 1991 and has since developed into Scandinavia’s leading period-instrument ensemble.
One of the world’s most interesting and innovative Baroque orchestras, Concerto Copenhagen stands out for its original interpretations and its unique talent for communicating with the audience. The ensemble recreates the vitality and spirit of early music as if it were new today.
Internationally renowned harpsichordist Lars Ulrik Mortensen became artistic director of Concerto Copenhagen in 1999, launching the ensemble on an exciting artistic and musical journey combining a repertoire of well-known European music with less familiar works of Scandinavian and other origin.
Over the years, Concerto Copenhagen has collaborated 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, who is the orchestra’s Principal Guest Conductor.
Concerto Copenhagen’s CD recordings for the German label cpo, Deutsche Grammophon and BIS have attracted international attention and won several prestigious prizes. This in turn has opened the doors to many of Europe’s leading concert venues, guest appearances at top festivals around the world, and tours of Europe, the USA, Japan and Australia. International critical acclaim has placed Concerto Copenhagen in the first rank of international orchestras.
In Denmark, Concerto Copenhagen’s prime partner is the Royal Theatre, where the orchestra generally performs in one opera each year. Recent productions include works by Monteverdi and Mozart as well as Handel’s Xerxes, Julius Caesar, Partenope and Jephtha.