Just in: Maestros rage at Danish cuts

Just in: Maestros rage at Danish cuts


norman lebrecht

November 25, 2015

International conductors have spoken out against cost-saving measures at the Royal Orchestra in Copenhagen that have led to job losses and cancelled auditions. The Danish Government is trying to claw back its investment in a vanity-project theatre (below) that many think should never have been built.


The French conductor Bertrand de Billy said that, after the Paris terrorist attacks, this was not the time to cut art. ‘The most valuable thing Europe has is its cultural diversity, and the Royal Orchestra is one of the greatest treasures that Denmark has to offer in this area,’ he said.

German conductor Hartmut Haenchen said that trimming the orchestra would start a vicious circle that would only lead to further cuts.

Mikhail Jurowski, former chief conductor of Cologne Radio Symphony Orchestra, said the sound of the orchestra, ‘one of the best in the world’, would be diminished.

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  • Kurt says:

    Jurowski ist seit 2008 nicht mehr Chefdirigent des WDR.

  • Respect says:

    Kurt: auf Englisch hat er “ehemalige” Chefdirigent geschrieben.

  • Holger H. says:

    It would be wise in these days of “clash of the cultures” to actually strengthen our cultures, rather than to surrender them without resistance.

    Who are the masters of these politicians?