Conductor Anne Marie Granau

The 2014 recipient of the Grethe Kolbe Mindelegat Danish-born Anne Marie Granau is establishing a solid reputation as a conductor of considerable versatility in a wide range of repertoire.

Being a keen exponent of contemporary music AMG was early in her career invited to conduct the St. Petersburg Chamber Philharmonic in the world premiere of Karsten Fundal’s Harp Concerto. With Opera Nord and the Athelas Sinfonietta Copenhagen AMG co-conducted (with Hannu Lintu) the world premiere of Trbojevic’ opera Heart in a Plastic Bag. She further conducted the Athelas Sinfonietta in the ‘Ice Breaker’ project and concerts and appeared with the ensemble at the Cannes Festival in 2009.

AMG was subsequently invited to take up the position of Assistant Conductor at the Royal Opera House in Copenhagen, a position she held from 2010-14.  During her time at ‘Operaen’ she worked with conductors such as Schønwandt, Morandi, Rizzi, Carignani, Boder, Saraste, Böer and Ranzani on the operas Nabucco, Così fan tutte,  Tannhäuser, Suor Angelica, Pagliacci, Cavalleria Rusticana, La Traviata, Madama Butterfly, Turandot, Bohème, Die Frau ohne Schatten,  Othello, Tristan und Isolde, Rusalka as well as Beethoven Choral Symphony.

AMG has conducted some of the best ensembles and orchestras in Denmark such as The Royal Danish Opera Orchestra (Det Kongelige Kapel), South Denmark Philharmonic (Sønderjyllands Symfoniorkester), Danish Chamber Orchestra (Danmarks Underholdningsorkester), Ensemble Storstrøm and Esbjerg Ensemble, Ars Nova Copenhagen and Danish National Vocal Ensemble (DR Vokalensemble).

In the upcoming season Anne Marie Granau is looking forward to conducting Vivaldi Gloria with Concerto Copenhagen, a summer concert with The Copenhagen Phil, The Messiah with Søholm Opera and a concert with students from The Royal Academy of Music and The Copenhagen Girls’ Choir.

Committed to nurturing young talent Anne Marie Granau currently holds the position of Principal Conductor of the prestigious Copenhagen Girls’ Choir alongside her freelance career. Through her work with the girls’ choir AMG collaborates with many leading orchestras, ensembles and venues in Denmark and abroad.

She also holds the position of Music Director for the newly established company Søholm Opera in the heart of Denmark, conducting The Messiah, several Christmas Spectacular concerts and opera concerts since 2017.

AMG received her training at the University of Copenhagen and at the Royal Danish Academy of Music, where she studied conducting under Dan-Olof Stenlund and Frans Rasmussen. Receiving a Templeton Award she furthered her conducting studies at the Royal College of Music in London under Neil Thomson and has taken part in masterclasses with Haitink, Norrington, Segerstam, Panula, Alsop and Rilling. During her time in London AMG also conducted performances and concerts with British Youth Opera, South Bank Sinfonia, Contemporary Consort, Britten International Opera School and Woodhouse Opera.

AMG is one of the only conductors in Denmark to specialise in both orchestral and choral conducting, broadening her collaborations to include a wide selection of ensembles and genres.