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Famous Composers from Denmark

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List of notable or famous composers from Denmark, with bios and photos, including the top composers born in Denmark and even some popular composers who immigrated to Denmark. If you're trying to find out the names of famous Danish composers then this list is the perfect resource for you. These composers are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known composer from Denmark is included when available.

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This historic composers from Denmark list can help answer the questions "Who are some Danish composers of note?" and "Who are the most famous composers from Denmark?" These prominent composers of Denmark may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected Danish composers.

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Carl Nielsen is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Composers from Denmark
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Carl August Nielsen (Danish: [kʰal ˈnelsn̩]; 9 June 1865 – 3 October 1931) was a Danish composer, conductor and violinist, widely recognized as his country's most prominent composer. Brought up by poor yet musically talented parents on the island of Funen, he demonstrated his musical abilities at an early age. He initially played in a military band before attending the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen from 1884 until December 1886. He premiered his Op. 1, Suite for Strings, in 1888, at the age of 23. The following year, Nielsen began a 16-year stint as a second violinist in the Royal Danish Orchestra under the conductor Johan Svendsen, during which he played in Giuseppe Verdi's ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. at 66 (1865-1931)

Birthplace: Sortelung, Denmark

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Age: Dec. at 70 (1907-1977)

Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark

Erik Moseholm (13 May 1930 – 12 October 2012) was a Danish jazz bassist, composer, bandleader and music administrator. He was the leader of the DR Big Band from 1961 to 1966 and the principal of the Rhythmic Music Conservatory in Copenhagen from 1992 to 1997. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. at 82 (1930-2012)

Birthplace: Fredericia, Denmark

Heidi Mortenson is a Danish electronic composer, singer and producer. Heidi grew up listening to the metallic sounds of her dad repairing cars and her mother playing the organ. As a teenager, Heidi moved to Barcelona and started to experiment with sound and acoustics. After playing her first concert, Mortenson was appointed Resident Artist 2003 at the annual experimental LEM Festival in Barcelona. Hereafter she went on a European tour with visual artist SOLU, with whom she performed the Opening Act of Transmediale Festival 2004 in Berlin. That same year Heidi moved to Berlin, where she started working on her debut album. Mortenson's style is not easy to categorize, as her songs are unbound ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 43