Danish National Symphony Orchestra © Per Morten Abrahamsen


Danish National Symphony Orchestra

13.01.25 - 23.01.25

about the tour.

In their anniversary season, the Danish National Symphony Orchestra goes on tour with their Chief Conductor Fabio Luisi and pianist Khatia Buniatishvili.

Bent Sørensen: "Evening Land" (2017) für Orchester

Sergej Rachmaninoff: Klavierkonzert Nr. 3 d-Moll op. 30 (1909)


Gustav Mahler: Sinfonie Nr. 1 D-Dur in vier Sätzen für großes Orchester ("Titan") (1884-88)


Carl Nielsen: Symphonie Nr. 4 op. 29 (1914/16) "Das Unauslöschliche"



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An Orchestra full of experience.

Biography – about the orchestra.

The Danish National Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1925 as part of the Danish Broadcasting Corporation. Today, it is one of the leading symphony orchestras in Europe, recording for Deutsche Grammophon and performing with the world’s leading conductors and soloists.

Since 2016, the Chief Conductor of the Danish National Symphony Orchestra has been Fabio Luisi. With Luisi, the orchestra was nominated by Gramophone as Orchestra of the Year, and won the coveted Recording of the Year at the Gramophone Awards 2023 as well as a nomination for the BBC Music Magazine Awards 2024.

For Deutsche Grammophon, the Danish National Symphony Orchestra has recorded the complete symphonies and concertos by Carl Nielsen, which will be succeeded by the complete orchestral works of Alexandr Scriabin in 2025. Previous recordings include albums on Decca and Chandos.

Each year more than 100,000 music-lovers experience the magic of live symphonic music with the Danish National Symphony Orchestra – both in the spectacular hall of DR Koncerthuset, Copenhagen (designed by Jean Nouvel) and on the Orchestra’s over 100 tours abroad. As a broadcast media orchestra, the Danish National Symphony Orchestra also has a large international following, thanks to international radio and tv broadcasts by EuroArts and not least DR Koncerthuset’s YouTube channel where around 500 million viewers have seen the orchestra’s recordings of film and soundtrack concerts.

Former Principal Conductors and Principal Guest Conductors of the Danish National Symphony Orchestra include the late Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Herbert Blomstedt (Conductor Laureate), Thomas Dausgaard, Gerd Albrecht, Leif Segerstam, Dmitri Kitajenko and Yuri Temirkanov. The orchestra has performed with a.o. Anne Sophie Mutter, Leonidas Kavakos, Renée Fleming, Yo-Yo Ma, Leif Ove Andsnes, Lang Lang, Lise Davidsen, Barbara Hannigan, Hilary Hahn, Pierre-Laurent Aimard and Nikolaj Szeps-Znaider.

The Danish National Symphony Orchestra has toured extensively in the USA, in South America, China, Japan and in most countries in Europe, and performed at some of the most prestigious venues including Carnegie Hall, Royal Albert Hall, Berlin Philharmonic, Suntory Hall, Cologne Philharmonic, Concertgebouw, Musikverein (Vienna) and the BBC Proms.

SEASON 2023/2024


Fabio Luisi

Fabio Luisi © Sylvia Elzafon

GRAMMY® Award winner Fabio Luisi launched his tenure as Louise W. & Edmund J. Kahn Music Director of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra (DSO) at the start of the 2020/21 season. In January 2021, the DSO and Luisi announced an extension of the Music Director’s contract through the 2028/29 season. A maestro of major international standing, the Italian conductor is in his seventh season as Principal Conductor of the Danish National Symphony Orchestra, and in September 2022, he assumed the role of Principal Conductor of the NHK Symphony Orchestra in Tokyo. He previously served for six seasons as Principal Conductor of the Metropolitan Opera and nine seasons as General Music Director of the Zurich Opera.

Luisi’s 2023/24 season with the Dallas Symphony will feature monumental works including Mahler’s Fifth Symphony, Brahms’s “A German Requiem” and Liszt’s “A Faust Symphony”. He will also lead three world premieres: Jessie Montgomery’s “Snapshots”, Xi Wang’s “Year 2020” (featuring Tine Thing Helseth, trumpet, and Karen Gomyo, violin) and Anna Clyne’s Piano Concerto (featuring Jeremy Denk). Luisi’s season will conclude with the first two operas in Wagner’s epic Ring cycle, “Das Rheingold” and “Die Walküre”. The Dallas Symphony Orchestra and Luisi will continue the complete cycle in the 2024/25 season, marking the first time an American orchestra has mounted the full Ring in recent history.

In October 2023, Luisi and the DSO will release the second of their recording projects, Brahms’s Third and Fourth Symphonies. Available through the DSO’s in-house label, DSO Live, this album joins the Fall 2022 release of Brahms’s First and Second Symphonies to complete the cycle. During the 2023/24 season, the DSO and Luisi will record two projects for future album release – Franz Schmidt’s epic “The Book with Seven Seals” and Saint-Saens’s Symphony No. 3, “Organ” which features the mighty Lay Family Concert Organ.

Other highlights of the 2023/24 season include his debut with the Berlin Philharmonic, concerts with the Cleveland and Philadelphia Orchestras, his return to the podium of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra followed by a tour in Japan and Korea and several concerts with the NHK Symphony Orchestra (Tokyo). With the Danish National Symphony Orchestra, he will embark on a new recording series of the complete music of Aleksandr Scriabin for the renowned Deutsche Grammophon label in addition to the season concerts in Copenhagen.

The conductor received his first GRAMMY® Award in March 2013 for his leadership of the last two operas of Wagner’s “Der Ring des Nibelungen”, when Deutsche Grammophon’s DVD release of the full cycle, recorded live at the Met, was named Best Opera Recording of 2012. In February 2015, the Philharmonia Zurich launched its Philharmonia Records label with three Luisi recordings: Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique, a double album surveying Wagner’s Preludes and Interludes, and a DVD of Verdi’s Rigoletto. Subsequent releases have included a survey of Rachmaninov’s Four Piano Concertos and Rhapsody on a “Theme of Paganini” with soloist Lise de la Salle, and a rare recording of the original version of Bruckner’s monumental Symphony No. 8. Luisi’s extensive discography also includes rare Verdi operas (“Jérusalem”, “Alzira” and “Aroldo”), Salieri’s La locandiera, Bellini’s “I puritani” and “I Capuleti e i Montecchi” with Anna Netrebko and Elīna Garanča for Deutsche Grammophon, and the symphonic repertoire of Honegger, Respighi and Liszt. He has recorded all the symphonies and the oratorio “Das Buch mit sieben Siegeln” by neglected Austrian composer Franz Schmidt, several works by Richard Strauss for Sony Classical, and an award – winning account of Bruckner’s Ninth Symphony with the Staatskapelle Dresden.

Born in Genoa in 1959, Luisi began piano studies at the age of four and received his diploma from the Conservatorio Niccolò Paganini in 1978. He later studied conducting with Milan Horvat at the University for Music and Performing Arts in Graz. Named both “Cavaliere della Repubblica Italiana” and “Commendatore della Stella d’Italia” for his role in promoting Italian culture abroad, in 2014 he was awarded the Grifo d’Oro, the highest honor given by the city of Genoa, for his contributions to the city’s cultural legacy. Off the podium, Luisi is an accomplished composer whose Saint Bonaventure Mass received its world premiere at St. Bonaventure University, followed by its New York City premiere in the MetLiveArts series, with the Buffalo Philharmonic and Chorus. As reported by the New York Times, CBS Sunday Morning and elsewhere, he is also a passionate maker of perfumes, which he produces in a one-person operation, FLPARFUMS.COM.



Khatia Buniatishvili, Piano

Khatia Buniatishvili © Gavin Evans

Born in Georgia, Khatia Buniatishvili discovered the piano at the very early age of three. She gave her first performance with the Tbilisi Chamber Orchestra when she was six years old, and was performing internationally by the age of ten. Khatia studied in Tbilisi with Tengiz Amiredjibi, and in Vienna with Oleg Maisenberg.

In 2008, Khatia made her U.S. debut at Carnegie Hall, and has since appeared at Hollywood Bowl, iTunes Festival, BBC Proms, Salzburg Festival, Verbier Festival, Menuhin Festival Gstaad, La Roque-d'Anthéron Festival, Klavier-Festival Ruhr, Progetto Martha Argerich. She has performed in eminent concert halls throughout the world, including Carnegie Hall in NYC, Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, Royal Festival Hall in London, Wiener Musikverein, Konzerthaus Wien, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Berlin Philharmonie, Paris Philharmonie, Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris, La Scala in Milan, Teatro La Fenice in Venice, Palau de la Música Catalana in Barcelona, Geneva Victoria Hall, Tonhalle Zürich, Prague Rudolfinum, Shanghai Grand Theater, Beijing NCPA, Mumbai NCPA, Tokyo Suntory Hall and Singapore Esplanade Theatre.

Khatia enjoys musical partnerships with some of the world’s leading conductors, having performed under the batons of Zubin Mehta, Plácido Domingo, Kent Nagano, Neeme Järvi, Paavo Järvi, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Jaap van Zweden, Mikhail Pletnev, Marin Alsop, Klaus Mäkelä, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Semyon Bychkov, Jaap van Zweden, Gianandrea Noseda, Gustavo Dudamel, Myung-Whun Chung and Philippe Jordan. She has collaborated with such orchestras as Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Seattle Symphony Orchestra, The Philadelphia Orchestra, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Orquestra Sinfônica do Estado de São Paulo, China Philharmonic Orchestra, NHK Symphony Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris, Orchestre National de France, Filarmonica della Scala, Wiener Symphoniker, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Münchner Philharmoniker and Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks.

Khatia has participated in numerous charity events, such as the United Nation’s 70th Anniversary charity concert in aid of Syrian refugees; Global Citizen Festival Hamburg 2017; Charity Concert in Kiev for wounded persons in the Anti-Terrorist Operation Zone; ‘To Russia with Love’ concert, against violation of human rights in Russia; United Nations Climate Change Conference - Marrakech Climate Show; and the DLDWomen conference.

Her extensive discography with SONY Classical includes the albums ‘Franz Liszt’ (2011), ‘Chopin’ (2012), ‘Motherland’ (2014), ‘Kaleidoscope’ (2016), ‘Rachmaninoff’ (2017), ‘Schubert’ (2019) and ‘Labyrinth’ (2020). Khatia is a two-time ECHO KLASSIK Award winner (in 2012 for Franz Liszt and 2016 for ‘Kaleidoscope’) and collaborated with the rock group Coldplay for their album ‘A Head Full of Dreams’ (2015).

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