From: Copenhagen, Denmark. LA Opera: The Book of Mountains and Seas (2024).
Ars Nova Copenhagen is a 12-piece vocal ensemble founded in 1979, widely recognized as one of the world's finest of its kind. The ensemble's chief conductor and artistic director since 2003 is the acclaimed British conductor Paul Hillier.
The ensemble specializes in the interpretation of the polyphonic choral music of the renaissance and new vocal music. Ars Nova also builds 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. The group's performances are marked with precision and nerve and with a sound that attracts attention worldwide.
With an annual concert season in Copenhagen and Aarhus, numerous concerts in the rest of Denmark and recurring tours worldwide, the group is now more in demand than ever. In recent years, the group has visited Great Britain, Finland, the Netherlands, Spain, Germany, Italy and China. After a premiere in November at the black box Takkelloftet theater at the Copenhagen Opera House, the ensemble will tour the U.S. with Book of Mountains & Seas with music by Huang Ruo and staging by the acclaimed puppet maker Basil Twist.
Ars Nova has recorded a large number of CDs, winning numerous awards, including a Grammy for the little match girl passion with music by David Lang (Harmonia Mundi). In 2020, an album entitled “… and …” (Naxos) with music by Arvo Pärt, Julia Wolfe, Caroline Shaw and a number of Italian medieval songs was released. BBC Music Magazine wrote: "This recording offers spiritual revelation and sonic pleasure from start to finish" and in Chorzeit, "The longing for divine purity, clarity and steadfastness that one can directly experience here is timeless.
Ars Nova is part of Tenso, the European network for professional chamber choirs.
Learn more at ArsNova.dk.