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Ars Nova Copenhagen

Jeppe Bjørn

Ars Nova Copenhagen is widely recognized as one of the finest vocal ensembles in Europe. Founded in 1979, the ensemble today is busier than ever. In addition to its annual season of concerts in Copenhagen and throughout Denmark, the ensemble regularly appears across Europe, and in North and South America. At the heart of Ars Nova Copenhagen's work is its equal dedication to early music and new music. Some programs explore the cross-currents between the two, while others form detailed portraits of individual composers or genres within a given period.

Since its beginning, Ars Nova has worked closely with some of the most important Danish and Scandinavian composers like Per Nørgård, Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen, Bent Sørensen, Sven-David Sandström, and each season, the group invites a composer in residence: Toivo Tulev (Estonia) in 2007, Bernd Franke (Germany) 2008, Sunleif Rasmussen (Faroe Islands) 2009, Áskell Másson (Iceland) 2010 and Steve Martland (England) 2011.

Ars Nova is also building collaborations with creative artists in different fields such as drama, film and ballet, as well as cultivating new modes of concert performance and innovative repertoire. Besides the concerts, Ars Nova produces a number of CDs each year - both on its own
record label, Ars Nova Records, and for labels such as Dacapo Records and Harmonia Mundi. Ars Nova Copenhagen is sponsored by The Danish Cultural Ministry, the Danish Association of Professional Choruses and a number of private Danish foundations.

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  • Carl Nielsen, Niels W. Gade, Wilhelm Stenhammar, Vagn Holmboe, Line Tjørnhøj

    Crossing Borders

  • Carl Nielsen

    Songs for choir

  • Axel Borup-Jørgensen


  • Carl Nielsen, Friedrich Kuhlau, C.E.F. Weyse, J.P.E. Hartmann, Niels W. Gade, Thomas Laub, Peter Heise, Svend S. Schultz, Ib Nørholm

    The Golden Age of Danish Partsongs

  • Bent Sørensen, Johannes Ockeghem


  • Jack Body, Anne Boyd, Liu Sola, Lou Harrison, Ross Edwards

    A Bridge of Dreams

  • Heinrich Schütz

    The Complete Narrative Works

  • Heinrich Schütz


  • Heinrich Schütz

    Die Sieben Worte; Johannes-Passion

  • Heinrich Schütz

    Weihnachtshistorie; Auferstehungshistorie

  • Heinrich Schütz


  • John Taverner

    Taverner & Tudor Music II

  • Svend Nielsen

    Butterfly Valley

  • Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen

    Music is a monster (DVD)

  • John Taverner

    Taverner & Tudor Music I

  • Per Nørgård

    Mythic Morning - Choral Works II

  • Poul Rovsing Olsen


  • Ib Nørholm


  • Per Nørgård

    Singe die Gärten

  • Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen

    Music for Voices and Instruments

  • David Abell, Jørgen Presten, Paul Kugelmann, Melchoir Kugelmann, Heinrich Finck

    Winds and Voices. Music at the Court of King Christian III