|ARS NOVA Copenhagen is recognized the most prominent vocal group in Scandinavia, specialists in both early and contemporary music. Performing since 1979, ARS NOVA has produced numerous acclaimed recordings and has given more than a thousand concerts and broadcasts throughout Europe, Israel, Japan, Vietnam, Africa, South America, Canada and USA.
ARS NOVAs chief conductor since 2002 is the internationally renowned British choral conductor Paul Hillier, who was the groups first guest conductor from 1997 to 2002 anddirected the groups 1999 American debut in New York. Often performing under former chief conductor Tamás Vetö, the twelve singers have also worked with other prominent specialists including Peter Philips, Bruno Turner and Kees Boeke.
ARS NOVA champions Renaissance vocal music with highly praised performances of the intricate polyphonic masterpieces of composers including Guillaume Dufay, Josquin des Prèz, Thomas Tallis, Orlando di Lasso and Giovanni da Palestrina. The group has also revived neglected masters such as Pierre de la Rue, Nicolas Gombert, Pedro de Porto, Filipe de Magalhaes, Jacob Obrecht, Alonso and Duarte Lobo, Manuel Cardoso and Giaches de Wert, giving the first performances of many of their works in modern times.
Hillier continues this tradition with two CD's of church music by Jacob Obrecht and motets by William Byrd released in 2002 and 2003. Presntly ARS NOVA and Paul Hillier are in the process of recording a series of CD's featuring music by John Taverner and other English Tudor composers. The first of these CD's will be issued in 2006.
ARS NOVA tours internationally under the auspices of the Danish Foreign Ministry. ARS NOVA received the Danish Grammy award for their Nicolas Gombert recording: Sacred Music and a Diapason d'Or in France (Best Classical CD) for Josquin des Prèz: Motets & Chansons. ARS NOVA i s sponsored by The Danish Cultural Ministry and a number of private foundations.