Aalborg Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1943 by Jens Schrøder, who was principal conductor of the orchestra until 1979. From 1980 until the present day, the orchestra has been headed by renowned conductors such as Alf Sjøen, Janos Fürst, Peter Erös, Owain Arwel Hughes, Moshe Atzmon, Lan Shui, Ari Rasilainen, Matthias Aeschbacher and Rumon Gamba. Today the orchestra has 65 musicians and gives close to 200 concerts a year – in Aalborg as well as in all other municipalities in the North Jutlandic Region. The orchestra also tours the rest of Denmark and as well as other countries. Aalborg Symphony Orchestra has performed for audiences in Germany, France, Norway and Sweden – not just in classical concerts but also in performances with the world-renowned artists Andrea Bocelli and Sting.
The orchestra plays an important part as opera and ballet orchestra at guest performances by the Royal Danish Theatre and the Jyske Opera. Aalborg Symphony Orchestra also makes an extraordinary effort in the field of teaching music to children. Every year the orchestra is involved in a large number of children’s concerts and other events headed by their mascot Chopingo. In this way the orchestra has taken on the role as the driving force in the teaching of music throughout the region. Throughout the years, Aalborg Symphony Orchestra has performed with a number of world-renowned artists such as Jean-Pierre Rampal, Victor Borge, Birgit Nilsson, Yehudi Menuhin, Anne-Sophie Mutter, José Carreras and Kiri Te Kanawa. The orchestra has recorded several albums with mostly Danish music, but also works by Wagner and Gershwin – and most recently the critically acclaimed recording of works by Anders Koppel where the musicians from Aalborg Symphony Orchestra performed as soloists.