Ars Nova Copenhagen

Founded 1979

Ars Nova Copenhagen



ARS NOVA Copenhagen was founded in 1979 and is widely recognized as one of the world's finest vocal ensembles. The esemble's chief conductor and artistic director since 2003 is the acclaimed British conductor and baritone Paul Hillier . Ars Nova has also worked with Bo Holten, Tamás Vetö (both former chief conductors), Kaspars Putnins, Andrew Lawrence King, Anthony Rooley, Michael Bojesen and Søren Kinch Hansen (all of which has appeared as guest conductors). The ensemble specializes in the interpretation of the polyphonic choral music of the renaissance and new vocal music. 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.

The ensemble's performances are marked with precision and nerve and with a sound that attracts attention worldwide. With an annual concert season in Copenhagen and Aarhus, numerous concerts in the rest of Denmark and recurring tours worldwide, the group has become increasingly sought-after.

Ars Nova has recorded a number of CDs that have won numerous awards, including a Grammy forThe Little Match Girl Passion by David Lang. Two prominent CDs recorded by the Danish labelDaCapo is Carambolage in collaboration with Aarhus Sinfonietta with works by Axel Borup Jørgensen (November 2014) and 'Carl Nielsen - Songs for Choir' with 21 songs by the most celebrated Danish composer's 150th birthday in 2015.

Heinrich Schütz has a special place at Ars Nova, the group has in the years 2008-2011 has recorded the composer's entire dramatic works for Easter and Christmas. The four CDs have received countless praises both at home and abroad. This was reflected when the group in October 2014 was invited to be artist in residence at the German Heinrich Schütz Musikfest in and around the composer's hometown Dresden. Other recent publications (in selection) is 'Creator Spiritus' on Harmonia Mundi with music by Arvo Pärt and 'The Golden Age of English Part Songs' on DaCapo Records with music by a line-up of top Danish vocal composers from the past 200 years. The group is currently working on several releases with music of the 2015 jubilee Carl Nielsen. Thus, the group recorded Nielsen's Three Motets. Moreover released in spring 2015, a CD with music by Argentinian Pablo Ortiz.