The Carl Nielsen International Competition is organized by Odense Symphony Orchestra with the expertise, networking and knowledge from leading agencies and personalities in the classical music business.

Organizing structure

The Odense Symphony Orchestra is founder and host of the Carl Nielsen International Competition and both the management and musicians play an important role as jury members, repertoire consultants and international coordinators. The General Manager of the Odense Symphony Orchestra, Finn Schumacker, also acts as General Manager of the Carl Nielsen International Competition.

The Competition’s Steering Group is led by Finn Schumacker (Odense Symphony Orchestra) and Nordic Artists Management (main coordinating partner) who work in open discussion with Nikolaj Szeps-Znaider (Competition President), Kathryn Enticott (Enticott Music Management) and Lucy Maxwell-Stewart (Red House Productions).

Further strengthening the Competition is the Artistic Advisory Group whose task it is to secure a high artistic level for each of the competitions (violin, clarinet and flute), and to maintain an ongoing discussion / development by sharing insight and experience.

The 2022 Carl Nielsen International Competition sees the welcome addition of coach and consultant Trudy Wright, who is curating the mentorship program Espansiva! Joining her team are Nikolaj Szeps-Znaider, Kathryn Enticott and Lucy Maxwell-Stewart.

Artistic Advisory from left: Martin Fröst, Nikolaj Znaider, Emmanuel Pahud

Steering Group

Finn Schumacker, General Manager, Odense Symphony Orchestra
Jacob Soelberg, CEO, Nordic Artists Management
Georgina Høgsholm, Project Manager, Nordic Artists Management
Nikolaj Szeps-Znaider, Competition President
Kathryn Enticott, Enticott Music Management
Lucy Maxwell-Stewart, Red House Productions


Trudy Wright, Coaching & Consultancy
Kathryn Enticott, Enticott Music Management
Lucy Maxwell-Stewart, Red House Productions
Nikolaj Szeps-Znaider, Competition President