Bo Holten

composer
conductor
1948
Agnete Schlichtkrull

Bo Holten (conductor) is equally recognized as a conductor and composer. In 1979 he founded Ars Nova Copenhagen which he conducted until 1996, when he founded the vocal ensemble Musica Ficta for whom he is conducter, composer and artistic director. Holten regularly conducts the best choirs in Europe; from 1990 to 2006 he was one of the principal conductors of the BBC Singers, and from 2008 to the end of 2010 he was the chief conductor of the Flemmish Radio Choir in Brussels.

Bo Holten's work with Danish orchestras is constantly on the increase and has earned him praise for recorded interpretations of music by Carl Nielsen, Frederick Delius, Thomas Koppel, Emil Hartmann, Knudåge Riisager and Emil Reesen. As a composer Holten has produced no fewer than six operas, five solo concertos, two symphonies, various orchestral and chamber works, film music and some 35 choral pieces. In 2002 Dacapo issued a CD with a selection of his music for voices a cappella sung by the BBC Singers. In the spring of 2009 Holten had a major success at the Royal Theatre in Copenhagen with his opera The Visit of the Royal Physician, which he conducted himself, and which is available on DVD from Dacapo.