Concerto Copenhagen is Scandinavia’s leading period instrument ensemble. Also known as "CoCo", the ensemble has since its establishment in 1991 become known for its lively and captivating performances and has become a favorite among audiences wherever it goes.
In 1999 the internationally acclaimed harpsichord player Lars Ulrik Mortensen became the ensemble’s artistic director. Mortensen is considered to be one of the leading harpsichordists and chamber musicians of our day.
With Lars Ulrik Mortensen as principal leader and artistic director, CoCo has embarked on an exciting artistic and musical journey, combining lesser-known repertoire of Scandinavian origin with the repertoire of the baroque and classical legacy, thus adding a fresh and Nordic flavor to the traditional concert repertoire.
Over the years Concerto Copenhagen has performed and collaborated with a number of the most important figures in early music, including Anne Sofie von Otter, Emma Kirkby, Andreas Scholl, Andrew Manze, Andrew Lawrence-King, Reinhard Goebel and others.
CoCo’s CD recordings for the German label cpo and Swedish BIS have been met with overwhelming international acclaim. Future CD/DVD releases include Bach-arias with Anne Sofie von Otter on Deutsche Grammophone and George Frideric Handel's Parthenope with Andreas Scholl on Decca. Consequently CoCo is making its way onto the leading stages of Europe, as interest in the orchestra continues to skyrocket. Future plans include extensive touring in Europe, Japan, the US and Australia.
In Denmark, CoCo’s own concert series at Garrison Church in Copenhagen and St. Paul’s Church in Aarhus have become popular highlights. The ensemble also performs regularly in opera productions at The Royal Opera in Copenhagen under the direction of Lars Ulrik Mortensen.
As a result of the ensemble’s unique artistic qualities, CoCo is supported by The Danish Arts Agency and is under agreement with The National Danish Radio, which broadcasts most of the performances.
Andrew Lawrence-King has been announced 1st guest conductor from April 2007.