Tivoli event of celebrating 175 years in 2018 – and for classical music culture, this means one long and unbroken run of 175 music seasons. As an amusement garden, Tivoli is unique in this respect and is keeping Tivoli’s long tradition with new happenings in the city of Copenhagen. Tivoli even has its own orchestra, the Tivoli Copenhagen Phil! Ticket sales start on Friday 23 March.

With major global names such as the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, András Schiff and the Russian National Orchestra, rising stars like Daniil Trifonov, Bror Magnus Tødenes and Ray Chen and fantastic Danish performers including Michala Petri, Andreas Brantelid and Katrine Gislinge, the Summer Classic establishes the Tivoli Concert Hall as the place to be for classical music during the summer, whether you are Danish or visiting from abroad.
“Tivoli is obviously known throughout the world as an amusement garden, but it is an equally heavy hitter in cultural terms – and has been so for 175 years,” says Vice President Nikolaj Koppel. “The fact that it has been possible to listen to musicians and orchestras from all over the world, both in and outside the Concert Hall, for so many years, makes us unique. These days Tivoli offers more music than it has done for a very long time, and we remain the only listed company in the world with our own symphony orchestra, the Tivoli Copenhagen Phil. We are proud of this, and with good reason.”

An international flavor

“It’s taken a lot of legwork to persuade Barenboim and the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra to stop off in Copenhagen on their major summer tour, but all our hard work will pay off when we experience this phenomenal orchestra live,” says Programme Manager Maria Frej. “Tivoli is in the unique position of being the venue in Copenhagen that attracts major international orchestras to the city, giving Danes the opportunity of great orchestral experiences on a global scale. As well as Barenboim’s orchestra, visitors can also enjoy the very different style and sound of the exceptional Russian National Orchestra, conducted by Mikhail Pletnev and featuring super-violinist Vadim Repin as guest artist.” The international orchestral series also encompasses two of the world’s best baroque orchestras: Freiburger Barockorchester with Kristian Bezuidenhout as guest artist and conductor, and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment with Rachel Podger as violin soloist and conductor.

The Tivoli Copenhagen Phil – plus three violin stars under 30 Tivoli’s own orchestra, the Tivoli Copenhagen Phil, plays eleven concerts this year, including an opportunity to enjoy three young violinists who are all under 30, despite their high international standing:
Esther Yoo, who performed her international debut with the London Philharmonia Orchestra conducted by Lorin Maazel in 2014, will be performing Tchaikovsky’s popular violin concerto. Ray Chen, who won many major violin competitions towards the end of the first decade of the twenty-first century, will perform Bernstein’s West Side Story Suite. And finally Arabella Steinbacher, whose breakthrough came in 2004 with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France under Sir Neville Marriner, will perform Ravel’s Tzigane as part of a Hungarian programme. The orchestra can also be enjoyed in a concert version of Humperdinck’s fairytale opera, Hansel and Gretel, featuring an eminent line-up of Danish musicians, a tribute to Jussi Björling starring up-and-coming Norwegian tenor Bror Magnus Tødenes – and selected strings accompanying the German Wagner tenor Torsten Kerl, who will sing arias from Lohengrin, Tannhäuser and Die Walküre.

Prominent Pianists

True to tradition, prominent pianists are also heading to Tivoli. This year they include Sir András Schiff, who returns to Tivoli to perform Bach’s The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book II. Russian pianist Denis Matsuev, who impressed the Copenhagen audience when he performed with the YOA Orchestra of the Americas conducted by Valery Gergiev in 2015, also returns with music from Tchaikovsky and Beethoven. Finally, this year we meet one of the fastest rising piano stars of the future, Daniil Trifonov, performing a programme both by and about Chopin.


1. Great Voices

26 May – Malmö Opera Orchestra and Choir; Magnus Fryklund, conductor; Frida Johansson, soprano; John Lundgren, baritone; and others. Music by Bizet, Verdi, Wagner, Bo Holten, Bernstein and more.
28 July – Tivoli Copenhagen Phil; Giordano Bellincampi, conductor; Bror Magnus Tødenes, tenor. Music by Mozart, Donizetti, Massenet, Rossini, Hugo Alfvén and more.
4 August – String players from the Tivoli Copenhagen Phil; Torsten Kerl, tenor. Music by Wagner.
1 September – Tivoli Copenhagen Phil; Toshiyuki Kamioka, conductor; Sofie Elkjær Jensen; Morten Grove Frandsen; Susanne Resmark; Guido Paevatalu; Stig Fogh Andersen; Frederikke Kampmann. Humperdinck: Concert version of Hansel and Gretel.

2. International Orchestras

3 June – Freiburger Barockorchester; Kristian Bezuidenhout, conductor and fortepiano. Music by Haydn, Mozart and Bach.
17 June – Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment; Rachel Podger, conductor and violin. Music by Haydn and Mozart.
10 August – West-Eastern Divan Orchestra; Daniel Barenboim, conductor. Music by Debussy and Bruckner.
30 August – Russian National Orchestra; Mikhail Pletnev, conductor; Vadim Repin, violin. Music by Rossini, Bruch and Shostakovich.

3. Tivoli Copenhagen Phil

13 May – The Tivoli Copenhagen Phil, Toshiyuki Kamioka, conductor; Esther Yoo, violin. Music by Carl Nielsen and Tchaikovsky.
24 June – The Tivoli Copenhagen Phil, Lawrence Foster, conductor; Ray Chen, violin. Music by Tilson-Thomas, Bernstein, Copland, Barber and Gershwin.
1 July – Tivoli Copenhagen Phil, Alexander Shelley, conductor; Michala Petri, recorder. Music by Telemann, Mozart, Sierra and Bizet.
5 August – The Tivoli Copenhagen Phil, James Feddeck, conductor; Arabella Steinbacher, violin. Music by Ravel, Brahms, Sarasate and Bartók

4. International Pianists
8 July – Denis Matsuev, piano. Music by Beethoven and Tchaikovsky.
22 August – Daniil Trifonov, piano. Music by Schumann, Grieg, Rachmaninov and Chopin.
26 August – András Schiff, piano. Music by Bach

5. Katrine Gislinge in Focus
15 July – Katrine Gislinge, piano. Music by Debussy, Schumann, Bent Sørensen and Brahms.
18 July – Katrine Gislinge, piano; Lars Bjørnkjær, violin; Toke Møldrup, cello. Music by Beethoven, Bent Sørensen and Brahms.
22 July – Katrine Gislinge, piano; Andreas Brantelid, cello; Cæcilie Norby, vocals; Lars Danielsson, double bass. Music by Rachmaninov and French music.

Media contact: Line Breuning, libr@TIVOLI.DK  / +45 22237445