Friday August 26


Klaus Mäkelä, conductor
Isabelle Faust, violin

Carl Nielsen: Helios Overture
Alban Berg: Violin concerto
Mahler: Symphony No. 5

Enjoy one of Scandinavia’s top orchestras as the Oslo Philharmonic opens the Carl Nielsen Festival 2022. Chief conductor Klaus Mäkelä, who at the age of 26, has had an exceptional career and is sought after by orchestras all around the world, will lead the orchestra and German star violinist Isabelle Faust in Berg’s violin concerto 'To the memory of an angel'. The concert naturally takes off with Carl Nielsen’s Helios Overture and ends with Mahler’s magnificent Symphony No. 5.

Saturday August 27

Chamber music concert

Nikolaj Szeps-Znaider, violin
Gautier Capuçon, cello
Maxim Rysanov, viola
Trio con Brio Copenhagen
Danish String Quartet

Robert Schumann: Piano Quartet
Felix Mendelssohn: Octet

The Carl Nielsen Festival’s chamber music concerts offer a musical meeting between two of the best chamber ensembles in Denmark, accompanied by internationally renowned soloists. In Anexet at Lundsgaard Estate, Danish piano threesome Trio Con Brio meet violist Maxim Rysanov in Schumann’s captivating Piano Quartet, followed by a feast for strings in Mendelssohn’s sparkling Octet, with the Danish String Quartet featuring Nikolaj Szeps-Znaider and French cello virtuoso Gautier Capuçon among others.

This concert is presented in collaboration with Chamber Music at Lundsgaard.

Sunday August 28

Chamber music concert

Trio Con Brio Copenhagen
Daniil Trifonov, piano
Danish String Quartet

Johannes Brahms: Piano Trio no. 2 in C Major
Schostakovich: Piano Quintet

For the third chamber music concert of the festival, we are off to Bramstrup, the estate where a young Carl Nielsen guarded the geese in the nearby fields. Trio Con Brio plays Brahms, followed by the Danish String Quartet joined by leading world pianist Daniil Trifonov. From Trifonov’s core repertoire, they will play Shostakovich’s moving and intense Piano Quintet.

Monday August 29

Philharmonia Orchestra #1

Tugan Sokhiev, conductor
Daniil Trifonov, piano

Carl Nielsen: Overture/2. act of Saul and David
Pjotr Ilitj Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto no. 1
Johannes Brahms: Symphony no. 4

London’s Philharmonia Orchestra, normally appearing in Royal Festival Hall, is coming to Odense to perform two concerts for the Carl Nielsen Festival. Daniil Trifonov—whom the London Times says is without question the most astounding pianist of our age—will perform as soloist in Tchaikovsky’s wonderfully virtuoso Piano Concerto No. 1. The concert opens with Carl Nielsen’s Overture from Saul and David and ends with the immortal symphonic classic, Brahms’ Symphony No. 4.


Philharmonia Orchestra #2

Nikolaj Szeps-Znaider, conductor
Maxim Vengerov, violin

Carl Nielsen: Sir Oluf He Rides - Prelude
Johannes Brahms: Violin Concerto
Pjotr Ilitj Tjaikovskij: Symphony No. 6 

Philharmonia’s second concert at the Carl Nielsen Festival will be conducted by festival artistic director and founder, world-renowned Dane Nikolaj Szeps-Znaider. This time, the solo in Brahms’ Violin Concerto will be performed by Szeps-Znaider’s equally famous colleague and friend, Maxim Vengerov. The concert will lead off with the snap-gesture from Nielsen’s most memorable element from Sir Oluf He Rides, The Prelude. Tchaikovsky’s epic and passionate final symphony Pathetique, will be the closing act of the Carl Nielsen Festival 2022.


The Danish/Swedish trio Dreamers’ Circus begins with folk music and then expands that sound across all genres. Every night, a section of the trio’s setlist is set aside for music by Carl Nielsen, who in addition to symphonies, concerts and chamber music, is known for his numerous songs and folk melodies. And with a little help of musical stars and special friends of the trio.

This is going to be fun!

Special guest stars:

26/8: Marie Nørgaard
27/8: Christian Hjelm
29/8: Sys Bjerre
30/8: Mathias Hedegaard

*Every night, except for Sunday 8/28