Odense Symphony Orchestra
The Odense Symphony Orchestra - one of Denmark's five regional orchestras - was founded in 1946, but its roots go back as far as circa 1800. With 73 musicians from 17 different nations, and an International Carl Nielsen Competition and Festival, the Odense Symphony Orchestra is a cultural dynamo that plays a crucial role in Denmark's classical music scene. The Odense Symphony Orchestra's engagement of Alexander Vedernikov as Principal Conductor in 2009 put Denmark firmly on the symphonic world map. The orchestra, which is based in the Odense Concert Hall, has an annual audience of 95,000 people. The core of the Odense Symphony Orchestra's activity is symphonic concerts. In addition, they play in school and family concerts, church and chamber concerts, opera performances, and on CD recordings. Their discography is extensive and comprises over 60 releases, including several award winners - and more are on the way.