The Carl Nielsen Festival is a classical music celebration premiering in Odense on Funen in the summer of 2022!

This annual event is Denmark’s new international stage for classical music. The Carl Nielsen Festival combines musical events with local experiences on the island of Funen, enriching Denmark's classical music culture while also making it more accessible to many more people!

Odense is the center of the excitement, hosting the festival's large orchestral guest performances, as well as the prom concert with the Odense Symphony Orchestra. Chamber concert performances at selected Funen manors feature soloists from the symphonic concerts honoring the best of Danish music life.

Every evening, the festival program concludes at Anarkist Beer and Food Lab in Odense, where guests can enjoy live music in a relaxing environment.

About us

The Carl Nielsen Festival Association was founded in 2019. We’re delighted to welcome violinist Nikolaj Szeps-Znaider as artistic director of the festival.

The association's secretariat has an address at Nordic Artists Management in Copenhagen—which is also where the festival planning takes place.


Kjeld Juel Petersen, Chairman
Christen Obel, Vice Chairman
Stephan Gehmacher, General Director, Philharmonie Luxembourg & Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg
Jens Oddershede, Professor, University of Southern Denmark
Finn Schumacher, CEO, Carl Nielsen International Competition
Bo Stærmose, Chairman of the Board, Juliana Drivhuse A/S
Bernard Villaume, Festival leader, Hindsgavl Festival


Jacob Soelberg, CEO, Nordic Artists Management
Nikolaj Szeps-Znaider, Artistic director
John Dalgaard, CFO, Nordic Artists Management
Neel Teilmann, Project manager, Nordic Artists Management


Carl Nielsen Festival is presented in close cooperation with:

H.C. Andersens Festivals

Odense Kommune



The Carl Nielsen Festival is grateful for the generous support donated by the following foundations and sponsors:

Albani Fonden
Den Faberske Fond
Fionia Fond
Marius Pedersens Fond
Øernes Kunstfond
Carl Nielsen og Anne Marie Carl-Nielsen Legat
Dronning Margrethe og Prins Henriks Fond
Det Obelske Familiefond
Augustinus Fonden
Cervo Gruppen, venuesponsor