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Royal Danish Academy of Music

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Royal Danish Academy of Music
Det Kongelige Danske Musikkonservatorium
Former name
Kjøbenhavns Musikkonservatorium
Established1867; 157 years ago (1867)
FoundersP.W. Moldenhauer, Niels Gade, J.P.E. Hartmann, Holger Simon Paulli
RectorUffe Savery

The Royal Danish Academy of Music, or Royal Danish Conservatory of Music (Danish: Det Kongelige Danske Musikkonservatorium), in Copenhagen is the oldest professional institution of musical education in Denmark as well as the largest, with approximately 400 students.[1] It was established in 1867 as Kjøbenhavns Musikkonservatorium by Niels Gade – who was also the first rector –, J.P.E. Hartmann and Holger Simon Paulli on the basis of a testamentary gift from the jeweler P.W. Moldenhauer,[2] and with inspiration from the Leipzig Conservatory and a conservatory founded by Giuseppe Siboni in Copenhagen in 1827.[1][3][4] Carl Nielsen was a teacher in the period 1916–1919 and the rector during the last year of his life.[1]

The academy was renamed to Det Kongelige Danske Musikkonservatorium in 1902 and became a national state institution in 1949.[1][3] Queen Margrethe II of Denmark is Protector of the institution.

Originally located on H.C. Andersens Boulevard, it relocated into Radiohuset, the former headquarters of the Danish national radio broadcasting corporation DR, on 1 September 2008[5] and took over the concert hall under the name Konservatoriets Koncertsal.


Rectors of the academy:


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Pedersen, Peder Kaj (2005). "Kongelige Danske Musikkonservatorium, Det". GADs Musik Leksikon [Music Encyclopedia of GAD] (in Danish) (1st ed.). Gads Forlag. pp. 358–359. ISBN 87-12-04207-2.
  2. ^ Jørgensen, Harald (18 July 2011). "P.W. Moldenhauer". Dansk Biografisk Leksikon. Retrieved 8 February 2021.
  3. ^ a b Krarup, Bertel (17 August 2020). "Det Kongelige Danske Musikkonservatorium". Den Store Danske. Retrieved 7 February 2021.
  4. ^ "Musikkonservatorierne i Leipzig og København". Det Kgl. Bibliotek. Retrieved 7 February 2021.
  5. ^ Pasternak, Jan (January 2009). "Nye toner i Radiohuset". Byggeplads.dk. Retrieved 9 February 2021.
  6. ^ "New president at the Royal Danish Academy of Music". Royal Danish Academy of Music. 8 April 2019. Retrieved 7 November 2019.

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