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Athelas Sinfonietta

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Athelas Sinfonietta is one of the leading Danish new music ensembles. The ensemble performs in concerts and opera productions, at festivals and on international tours. Since its foundation in 1990 Athelas Sinfonietta has performed around 700 works, many of which in first performances. Athelas Sinfonietta 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.

Athelas Sinfonietta is also known for its popular and challenging concert series Brand New Tuesdays, featuring music by young Danish and international composers, performed in unconventional settings and in close dialogue with the audience. International cooperation is essential to Athelas Sinfonietta, with appearances in recent years in among other countries England, Monaco, the US and France. On CD, Athelas Sinfonietta has released music by, among others, Per Nørgård, Poul Ruders, and Rune Glerup. Each year Athelas Sinfonietta is ensemble-in-residence at KLANG – the Copenhagen Avantgarde Music Festival.

  • Niels Rosing-Schow

    A Talk of Our Time

  • Karl Aage Rasmussen

    Alone & Together

  • Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen


  • Ole Buck

    Sinfonietta Works

  • Rune Glerup

    Dust encapsulated

  • Per Nørgård

    Will-o’-the-Wisps in Town; Out of the Cradle Endlessly Rocking

  • Vagn Holmboe

    The Key Masterpieces

  • Anders Nordentoft

    On This Planet (DVD)

  • Anders Nordentoft

    On This Planet

  • Karsten Fundal

    Chamber Music

  • Klaus Ib Jørgensen

    ... and the lotus rose, quietly, quietly ...

  • Vagn Holmboe

    Preludes for Sinfonietta Vol. 2

  • Matthias Ronnefeld

    Am Abend tönen die herbstlichen Wälder

  • Vagn Holmboe

    Preludes for Sinfonietta Vol. 1

  • Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen

    Music for Voices and Instruments

  • Niels Rosing-Schow

    Works for Sinfonietta