Arts Festivals Summit 2019

Collective Members

Anders Beyer

CEO & Artistic Director - Bergen International Festival

Anders Beyer began his professional career as a pianist. When he was in his teens, he was already performing as a soloist and accompanist, recording and touring. Beyer studied music and philosophy at the University of Copenhagen and graduated in Musical Science in 1985, whereupon he worked as a lecturer at the university. While teaching at the university, Beyer also worked as music editor and critic at the newspaper Dagbladet Information from 1995 to 2004.

Classical music – from the early Renaissance composers to the Late Romantic masters – has been central to Anders Beyer’s professional life for decades. His knowledge of, and indeed his passion for, European musical culture has resulted in a large number of books, articles in international periodicals, and translations of e.g. German musicology. This professional knowledge has been instrumental for Beyer in establishing an international network within the world of classical music. 

Beyer has written books and articles in Nordic music, and he was editor of Dansk Musik Tidsskrift [Danish Music Review] (1989–2007) and Nordic Sounds (1993–2006). For the Nordic Council of Ministers, Beyer has been the leader of a number of cultural projects in the Nordic countries and further abroad. Having worked with Arts and Culture in the capacities of teacher, writer, translator and lecturer in a number of years, Beyer returned to the field of performance and became artistic director of Athelas Sinfonietta Copenhagen in 2006. In 2009, Beyer initiated the Athelas New Music Festival as an extension of the ensemble activities. In the same year, Beyer founded the Copenhagen Opera Festival to create musical experiences for a wide audience. Copenhagen Opera Festival quickly gained recognition as an important cultural attraction in Copenhagen. However varied Beyer’s cultural work has been, it has always been fuelled by his will to explore new ways of presenting art to audiences. The ground rule of winning over present day audiences, according to Beyer, is that you must have the ambition of presenting the most sublime art, performed by the greatest performers. The key words are professionalism, commitment, dialogue, and challenge. Beyer has shown that collaboration across the divides of culture and genre, as well as the establishing of networks and alliances between institutions working within the same area can produce great and significant results.

Since 2012, Beyer leads the Bergen International Festival into an exciting new period of international excellence, and brings a commitment to community, learning and participation to the 2019–2022 Festivals.

Anders Beyer