Concerto Copenhagen played its first concert in 1991 and has since developed into Scandinavia’s leading early music ensemble, joining the league of the world’s most exciting and innovative Baroque orchestras. Original interpretations and a strong ability to communicate with the audience are among Concerto Copenhagen’s hallmarks – making old music vital, relevant and contemporary. In 1999 the internationally acclaimed harpsichordist and chamber musician, Lars Ulrik Mortensen, became the ensemble’s chief artistic director, he was awarded the coveted Leonie Sonning Music Prize in 2007.
The collaboration between Concerto Copenhagen and Lars Ulrik Mortensen has led to an exciting artistic and musical journey, appreciated and praised by audiences and critics worldwide, and combining a repertoire of well- known European music with less familiar works of Scandinavian origin. Over the years Concerto Copenhagen has collaborated with many internationally renowned artists in the Early Music scene, including Jordi Savall, Andrew Manze, Reinhard Goebel, Alexis Kossenko, Ronald Brautigam, Paul Hillier, Andreas Scholl, Sonia Prina, Vivica Genaux and Alfredo Bernardini, the orchestra’s principal guest conductor. From 2015 to 2017 Danish composer Karl Aage Rasmussen was composer-in-residence with Concerto Copenhagen and accompanied the orchestra on an adventurous expedition into the world of contemporary music.
Concerto Copenhagen’s CD recordings for CPO, Deutsche Grammophon and BIS, as well as DVD productions for Harmonia Mundi and Decca have attracted worldwide attention and won several international awards. This has led to invitations from many of Europe’s leading concert venues and festivals, as well as extensive tours to the USA, Japan, Brazil, Mexico, Australia and China. International reviews reflect the experience of a world orchestra at the highest level.