The Orchestras

Learn more about the orchestras that are accompanying the talented contestants!

The Odense Symphony Orchestra

The Odense Symphony Orchestra is a modern, ambitious and creative orchestra with 70 permanent musicians from 20 different nations. The Carl Nielsen International Competition is part of the foundation of the Odense Symphony Orchestra’s artistic profile. Odense Symphony Orchestra is one of Denmark’s five regional orchestras founded in 1946 but dates back to 1800.

Concerts and productions with Odense Symphony Orchestra vary in terms of size and genre: from symphony concerts, light classical and opera to chamber music, children/youth concerts and crossovers. 

Odense Symphony Orchestra has toured USA, China, Germany, Greece, Austria, Nederland, Belgium, Sweden, France, Switzerland and Spain.

odense symphony orchestra

Copenhagen Phil

Copenhagen Phil traces its roots back to 1843 when Hans Christian Lumbye was their first music director of the Tivoli Concert Hall Orchestra upon the opening of the Tivoli Garden in Copenhagen Phil. Since then, the orchestra has grown from 22 musicians to 65 musicians, which continues to play concerts for a large domestic and foreign audience in Tivoli each summer.

Until the beginning of the 1960s the orchestra was primarily active during the summer season – as the Tivoli Orchestra - but in 1965 the legal and financial base was established for activities around the year – in the summer as Tivoli Symphony Orchestra (now: Tivoli Copenhagen Phil) and during the winter season as Copenhagen Phil.

By virtue of playing around 100 concerts, opera- and ballet- performances per year, Copenhagen Phil is one of the busiest, as well as the most versatile, orchestras in Denmark. 

Copenhague Phil

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