ARS NOVA Copenhagen is widely recognized as one of the finest vocal groups in Europe. Founded in 1979, the ensemble today is busier than ever. In addition to its annual season of concerts in Copenhagen and throughout Denmark, the ensemble regularly appears across Europe, in North and South America, and Asia. Ars Nova is also building collaborations with creative artists in different fields such as drama, film and ballet, as well as cultivating new modes of concert performance and innovative repertoire.
At the heart of ARS NOVA Copenhagen’s work is its equal dedication to early music and new music. Some programs explore the cross-currents between the two, while others form detailed portraits of individual composers or genres within a given period.
Over the years, the group has had a number of composers in residence: Toivo Tulev (Estonia) in 2007-8, Bernd Franke (Germany) 2008-9, Sunleif Rasmussen (Faroe Islands) 2009-10, Áskell Másson (Iceland) 2010-11 and Steve Martland (UK) in 2011-12.
The group has its own record label, ARS NOVA Records (distributed by Naxos) on which ’A bridge of Dreams. Music from the Pasific Rim’ is the most recent release. Other recordings – like ‘Taverner & Tudor Music I’, ‘Taverner & Tudor Music II – Gloria tibi Trinitas Mass’, and the voices-and-percussion version of Terry Riley’s ‘60s masterpiece In C all received great reviews all over the world.
Ars Nova’s largest recording project to date (with Dacapo Records, Danish national label) was to record the six major narrative works by Heinrich Schütz, all released in 2009-11. Currently, the group is enjoying worldwide succes with ‘The Natural World of Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen’ (Grammy-nominated) featuring works by one of the grand old men in contemporary danish music and with ’Requiem’, featuring music by Johannes Ockeghem and the Danish composer Bent Sørensen.
For Harmonia Mundi, USA Ars Nova has done a very successfull recording of music by Arvo Pärt and, most recently, a Christmas compilation ’The Story of Christmas’. In 2010 the CD ‘The Little Match Girl Passion’ with music by David Lang received a Grammy Award.
Recent tours have included venues such as Auditorio Nacional de Madrid, Glasgow Minimal Music Festival and Festival International Cervantino in Guanajuato in Mexico and venues in Germany and Sweden.