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Athelas Sinfonietta Copenhagen

Alexander Banck-Petersen

Athelas Sinfonietta Copenhagen is one of the leading Danish ensembles in new composition music. The ensemble performs in concerts and opera productions, at festivals and on international tours. Since its foundation in 1990 Athelas has performed about 600 different works, many of which have been first performances.

Athelas has collaborated with prominent soloists, conductors and composers, including Steve Reich, Per Nørgård, Heiner Goebbels, Poul Ruders, Arvo Pärt, David Lang, Christian Lindberg, Reinbert de Leeuw, Thomas Adès, Ilan Volkov, Paul Hillier, George Benjamin, Philippe Leroux and Pierre-André Valade. International cooperation is essential to Athelas, with appearances in recent years in among other countries England, Monaco, the USA and France.

The ensemble is also a co-founder of EEN – the European Ensemble Network – and the EU-supported projects Integra and RE:NEW MUSIC. In the period 2013-14 Athelas is participating in the project “New:Aud” with a focus on audience development – also with support from the EU. The ensemble has CD-recorded music by among others Per Nørgård and Poul Ruders. Each year Athelas is ensemble-in-residence at KLANG – the Copenhagen Avant-garde Music Festival.