Carl Nielsen Orchestra Academy

Orchestra of young musicians from all over Denmark performing at the Opening Concert in 2016
The Carl Nielsen Orchestra Academy is a framework of joint activities between the Danish National Academy of Music (SDMK), Odense Symphony Orchestra and Odense Music School

SDMK is an arts academy under the Danish Ministry of Culture, offering music and performing arts programs at the highest level. During the Carl Nielsen International Competition, the Carl Nielsen Orchestra Academy will host masterclasses, and other events of music, among these the opening concert with the Carl Nielsen National Academy Orchestra.

The eight Danish music schools with preparatory courses for the music academies (Musikalske Grundkurser, MGK) as well as the three music academies continue as partners in the Carl Nielsen International Competition. In continuation of the celebratory opening concert at the last Carl Nielsen Violin Competition in 2016, the Competition will gather a full national youth orchestra for 2019 – Carl Nielsen National Academy Orchestra – to open the competitions with a concert in Odense, and continue with 2 more concerts in Copenhagen and Aalborg respectively. The aim of the project is to inspire more children and young people to play an instrument as a tool to self-expression and communication, and to strengthen the musical foundation of the future music life in Danish orchestras.


Carl Nielsen National Academy Orchestra

For the Carl Nielsen International Competition in 2019, we invite all students in Denmark – strings, winds and percussion – from the three music academies (SDMK, DJM, DKDM) as well as from the preparatory courses for the music academies (MGK) to audition for the Carl Nielsen National Academy Orchestra. During the school year 2018/19 the students will meet in rehearsals and prepare for 3 concerts in Denmark under the baton of Mo Marek Janowski, and with soloists Nikolaj Znaider (President of the Nielsen Violin Competition), Liya Petrova and Jiyoon Lee (joint 1st prize winners of the violin competition in 2016).

If you are a student at a SKMD, DJM, DKDM or MGK you are invited to audition for the orchestra. Carl Nielsen International Competition provides accommodation and travel. Course of the events will be:


Soloists: Nikolaj Znaider, Liya Petrova, Jiyoon Lee

21 March 2019: Opening concert, Odense
23 March 2019: Concert, Copenhagen
24 March 2019: Concert, Aalborg

Concert program:
L.v. Beethoven, Overture to Egmont, Op. 84
C. Nielsen, Violin Concerto, Op. 33
M. Bruch, Violin Concerto no. 1 in G minor, Op. 26
P.I. Tchaikovsky, Symphony No. 6 in B minor, Op. 74


9-11 November 2018 in Copenhagen
1-3 March 2019 in Copenhagen
19-21 marts 2019 i Odense
Instructors: Alexander Zapolski and Jørgen Misser Jensen
Marek Janowski will conduct rehearsals in Odense


19 September 2018, 19:30-22:00 at DJM/Aarhus
10 October 2018, 13:00-18:00 at DKDM/Copenhagen

Repertoire: Perform 5-10 minutes music of own choice: E.g. an excerpt from a classical/romantic concerto or a virtuoso piece. A pianist will be available. You may also bring your own pianist.

Sign up for audition by sending an email with your name, instrument, city and choice of repertoire to no later than 16 September 2018.

Orchestra of young musicians from all over Denmark performing at the Opening Concert in 2016