Danish National Vocal Ensemble

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© Per Morten Abrahamsen

Since their debut in 2007 the Danish National Vocal Ensemble’s 18 full-time professional singers have grappled with everything from early music and the Baroque to Romantic works and demanding contemporary music. Works that require strong individual performances stand high in the repertoire of the DNVE. The 18 singers are all experienced soloists who bring expression and life to the music. Their work is all about personal commitment and razor-sharp precision, whether they are singing works like Messiaen’s Cinq Rechants for 12 solo voices or Orlando di Lasso’s polyphonic masterpieces from the 16th century.

The DNVE has close ties to Danish and other Nordic music – for example the Danish Per Nørgård and the Swedish Sven-David Sandström have written music specifically for the DNVE. The DNVE is a flexible choir which performs fully manned or in smaller groupings. The choir can be expanded with the 56 singers of the Danish National Choir, and the DNVE also cooperates often with other choirs.

The ensemble has sung with among others Concerto Copenhagen, the Malmö Symphony Orchestra, the Bergen Philharmonic and NDR in Hamburg, as well as concerts with the Danish National Symphony Orchestra and The Danish National Chamber Orchestra. In 2011 the Swede Olof Boman joined the Danish National Vocal Ensemble as chief conductor; the ensemble also collaborates with several guest conductors such as Fredrik Malmberg, Peter Dijkstra, Paul Van Nevel and Marcus Creed.