Ole Kongsted studied musicology at the University of Copenhagen with Nils Schiorring, Henrik Glahn and John Bergsagel,and privately with Heinrich Schwab at the University of Kiel. From 1980-2000 Ole Kongsted was assistant director at the Museum for the History of Music in Copenhagen. Parallelly, he was the organist and musical director of the Sacred Heart’s Church from 1983.
Ole Kongsted presently holds a position as Senior Research Fellow of the Danish Royal Library, his chief interest being the music of the Renaissance period, especially in Denmark and the Baltic area. He has made important contributions to this field of research, and some of the music he has discovered has been performed and recorded with the ensemble Capella Hafniensis, which he formed in 1990. From 1990 to 1992 he was president of the Danish Musicological Society.
In 1992 Ole Kongsted was awarded the Otto Kabke Memorial Prize in 1992 in recognition of his services to both the cultivation of plainchant in Denmark and Danish musical history.