Aarhus Symphony Orchestra
Aarhus Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1935. The main venue of the Aarhus Symphony Orchestra is Musikhuset Aarhus (the Concert Hall Aarhus). In September 2007 the orchestra moved into an extension of the house, comprising – among other facilities - a concert hall with 1200 seats, the Symphonic Hall (Acoustics: ARTEC, NY.)
Aarhus Symphony Orchestra gives about thirty subscription concerts a year; furthermore the orchestra plays opera, about 100 concerts at local schools, chamber concerts, summer concerts, concerts for the elderly, and make CD recordings.
The orchestra performs the entire classical repertoire, including choral works, but also enthusiastically supports contemporary music. The Aarhus Symphony Orchestra has commissioned works by Danish composers and performs regularly at the SPOR contemporary music festival. In 1992 the Aarhus Symphony Orchestra played at the NEMO Festival and at the ICMC Festival 1994, the International Computer Music Conference. The Aarhus Symphony Orchestra has co-operated with The Royal Danish Ballet, the MBT Dance Theatre and the Leipzig Ballet. Under the direction of former Chief Conductor James Loughran the Aarhus Symphony Orchestra has recorded Serenades by Brahms and Dvorák, the complete works for piano and orchestra by Rachmaninov and recently music by Balakirev and Bruckner. A complete cycle of Vagn Holmboe’s thirteen symphonies was recorded with Owain Arwel Hughes and a complete cycle of the symphonies of Franz Schubert with Hans Graf. Other recordings include works by Niels W. Gade, Richard Strauss, Per Nørgård, Niels Viggo Bentzon, Bent Lorentzen, Knudaage Riisager, Carl Nielsen, Niels Marthinsen and Rued Langaard. The orchestra has also recorded works by Danish composer Paul Ruders, and in 2009 a CD comprising rarely performed cantatas by Carl Nielsen was released - a recording that has won national and international acclaim. The much acclaimed interpretations of music by Frederick Delius conducted by Bo Holten has resulted in 5 cd's all much acclaimed internationally but also a BBC movie about Delius by the director John Bridcutt.
Aarhus Symphony Orchestra has a permanent co-operation with The Danish National Opera (Den Jyske Opera), and has since 1983 attracted international acclaim at the annual Festival in Aarhus, which has included Wagner’s The Ring of the Nibelung, Tristan and Isolde, Parsifal and The flying Dutchman as well as Strauss’ Elektra, Salome, Die Schweigsame Frau and Die Rosenkavalier. The August operas have also included Puccini’s Tosca, Madama Butterfly and La fanciulla del West and in August 2010 Korngold’s “Die tote Stadt” had its Danish premiere. The Aarhus Symphony has toured Sweden and Finland (1978), Canada (1986), Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival (1988), Edinburgh Festival (1990), Sweden and Spain (1991), England and Northern Ireland (1992), the Baltic countries and Russia (1995), Germany (1996), Sweden (2003), Italy (2006), Athens, Greece (2008), Ludwigshafen, Germany (April 2013).
Thomas Jensen (Danmark, 1935-57)
Per Dreier (Norge, 1957-71)
Jorma Panula (Finland, 1973-76)
Ole Schmidt (Danmark, 1978-85)
Norman Del Mar (England, 1985-88)
Eri Klas (Estland, 1991-96)
James Loughran (Skotland, 1996-2003)
Giancarlo Andretta (Italien, 2003-2012)