Odense Symphony Orchestra

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The Odense Symphony Orchestra(Odense Symfoniorkester) – one of Denmarks five regional orchestras – was established in 1946, but its roots go all the way back to about the year 1800. From being a theatre orchestra that also played symphonic music the orchestra today is a continuously developing and expanding modern symphony orchestra with 73 permanent musicians and a high level of activity. Concerts and productions with Odense Symphony Orchestra vary in terms of size and genre: from symphony concerts, light classical and opera to chamber music, children/youth concerts and crossovers.

The Odense Symphony Orchestra is based in Odense Concert Hall, which was inaugurated in 1982. Most of the orchestra’s concerts are given in the Carl Nielsen Hall, a seating capacity of 1,212 and a large 46-stops organ built by Marcussen & Son.

The Russian Maestro, Alexander Vedernikov, was appointed Chief conductor and artistic adviser of the Odense Symphony Orchestra in May 2009. Vedernikov’s contract with Odense Symphony Orchestra runs until 2016.

Since 2007 Odense Symphony Orchestra has been headed by CEO Finn Schumacker.[1]


Chief conductors[edit]

Year Keeper
1946–1948 Poul Ingerslev-Jensen
1948–1949 Arne Hammelboe
1949–1967 Martellius Lundqvist
1968–1984 Karol Stryja
1984–1987 Tamás Vetö
1987–1991 Othmar Mága
1991–1995 Edward Serov
1997–2002 Jan Wagner
2005–2008 Paul Mann
2009–present Alexander Vedernikov

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "The Odense Symphony Orchestra". The Odense Symphony Orchestra official website. Odense Symphony Orchestra. Archived from the original on 19 February 2015. Retrieved 4 April 2014.