Henrik Vagn Christensen is a diverse conductor with a repertoire that spans the broad range of art forms and genres: symphonies, new music, opera, operetta and musicals – and then the ballet!


Most recent and future engagements include:

  • Carl Nielsen Reunion Concert at Bramstrup Estate with Helene Blum, Harald Haugaard Band, and the Ringe Kirkes Pigekor choir;
  • La Sylphide by Nourrit and Taglioni at the Royal Danish Opera;
  • Nøddeknækkeren (The Nutcracker) at Tivoli, Copenhagen;
  • concerts with the Malmö Symphony Orchestra;
  • The Nutcracker, and various concerts and recordings with the Odense Symphony Orchestra;
  • concerts with the Aarhus Symphony Orchestra;
  • DR Christmas Calendar (2022), a New Year’s Concert, a concert featuring film music by John Williams, Mathias Madsen Munch’s The Neverending Maze concert, a Trumpet competition, and a recording with the Aalborg Symphony Orchestra;
  • concerts with Orkester Midtvest;
  • Fjeren og Rosen (concert) with BaggårdTeatret;
  • concerts with Denmark’s Radio (DR);
  • concerts (incl. a Christmas one) with Den Kongelige Livgardes Musikkorps;
  • concerts with Prinsens Musikkorps;
  • concerts (incl. New Year’s) with Slesvigske Musikkorps;
  • Brahms concert with the Danish Chamber Orchestra;
  • Martin Byrial’s The Gratitude Concert (world premiere) in Aalborg (2023);
  • an anniversary concert with Ensemble Storstrøm;
  • a recording for the Danish television series Tidsrejsen.


Henrik Vagn Christensen is regarded as his generation’s leading Danish ballet conductor, and has been associated with The Royal Danish Ballet from 1996 to 2012 and as from 2013 – The New York City Ballet. Henrik Vagn Christensen has also conducted the Finnish National Ballet, The Royal Swedish Ballet, The Norwegian Opera, State Theatre in Pretoria, Teatro Real de Madrid and Marinskij Theater in St. Petersburg. His very close cooperation with both The Danish National Chamber Orchestra and The Danish National Symphony Orchestra has offered many and varied tasks from concerts to ballet to recordings for film and TV.

The Danish regional orchestras have been the starting point for the symphonic repertoire, and Henrik Vagn Christensen has over the years played countless concerts with all of them and made ​​CD recordings and concert productions for children and the young audience. The professional brass repertoire has also been in focus, and Henrik Vagn Christensen has thus been Artistic Director / Chief Conductor of both Prinsen’s Musikkorps (2003-2009) and Den Kgl. Livgardes Musikkorps (2006-2009).

Born in 1963, and educated at The Royal Academies of Music in Aalborg, Aarhus and Copenhagen, Henrik Vagn Christensen studied with the conductors Jorma Panula, Frans Rasmussen and Tamàs Vetö. Furthermore, he studied in Stockholm and London before his debut concert with the Copenhagen Philharmonic in 1994.


Henrik Vagn Christensen conducts ‘If I Had a Heart’ (w. Anna Miilmann, Johan Karlström & the Danish National Symphony Orchestra) – May 2023


John Frandsen’s Requiem, DR Koncerthuset

“Kor og orkester har lagt et solidt stykke arbejde i musikken og fortjente hele den stående applaus. Måtte dirigenten Henrik Vagn Christensen få flere opgaver i DRs regi.”

– Søren Schauser, Berlingske, 7 Apr 2012

John Frandsen’s Requiem, DR Koncerthuset

“Henrik Vagn Christensen havde ingen problemer med at styre klangen i det store rum”
– Jens Povlsen, Jyllands-Posten, 7 Apr 2013

John Frandsen’s Requiem, DR Koncerthuset

“Orkesteret var tændt og veloplagt under Henrik Vagn Christensens direktion”

– Camilla Marie Dahlgreen, Information, 8 Apr 2013