Aalborg Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1943 by the spirited soul, Jens Schrøder, who was Chief Conductor until 1979. Since 1980, the orchestra has been under the leadership of the following Chief Conductors: Alf Sjøen, Janos Fürst, Peter Erös, Owain Arwel Hughes, Moshe Atzmon, Lan Shui, Ari Rasilainen, Matthias Aeschbacher, Rumon Gamba, Michael Schønwandt and Hans Graf.
Today, the orchestra has 65 musicians and gives approximately 200 concerts a year – not just in Aalborg, but also in all other municipalities in the North Jutland Region. The orchestra also tours the rest of Denmark, as well as other countries. Aalborg Symphony Orchestra has enraptured audiences in Germany, France, Norway, Sweden and Greenland – not just in symphonic concerts, but also in concerts with the world-renowned artists Andrea Bocelli and Sting.
The orchestra plays an important role as an opera and ballet orchestra for guest performances in conjunction with the Royal Danish Theatre and the Danish National Opera. Aalborg Symphony Orchestra also makes an extraordinary effort in the field of bringing music to children. Every year the orchestra is involved in a large number of children’s concerts and other events. In this way, the orchestra has taken on the role as the driving force in the teaching of music throughout the region.
Over the years, Aalborg Symphony Orchestra has performed with a number of world-renowned artists, such as Victor Borge, Birgit Nilsson, Yehudi Menuhin, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Anna Netrebko, José Carreras, Michala Petri, Joseph Calleja, Roberto Alagna and Placido Domingo.
The orchestra has recorded several CD’s, mostly of Danish music, but also works by Siegfried Wagner and George Gershwin, and recently the critically acclaimed recordings of works by Anders Koppel, where musicians from Aalborg Symphony Orchestra perform as soloists.
Programme notes and Season brochure
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Concerts transmitted on P2
Joseph Calleja and Aalborg Symphony Orchestra, December 2018
Orgelkoncert with Aalborg Symphony Orchestra, November 2015