Henrik Dam Thomsen
Since 1999, Henrik Dam Thomsen has combined his position as first principal cellist in the Danish National Symphony Orchestra with a versatile appearance as chamber musician and soloist. He is influenced by both the distinguished Scandinavian cello tradition and some of the international cello world’s most significant icons such as Morten Zeuthen, Torleif Thedéen, William Pleeth, and Janos Starker.
His 2004 debut-release of music by Kodály and Britten (Chandos Records, 2004) was nominated for a Danish Music Award in the category of Best Solo Recording and received numerous excellent reviews in the international music press. Other solo recordings include French Pieces (2006) and More French Pieces (2016) with pianist Ulrich Stærk, and a DVD/CD box set Live at the Tivoli Concert Hall (2009), again with pianist Ulrich Stærk as well as the Danish National Symphony Orchestra conducted by Thomas Dausgaard.
He has played numerous concerts at festivals throughout Europe, the US and Asia, both as a soloist and as a chamber musician, including engagements with the Sartory String Quartet, Danish National Girls’ Choir, and the Copenhagen Cello Quartet.
Henrik Dam Thomsen has also distinguished himself as an improviser and has performed with an array of Danish and international jazz stars. He appears on a large number of award-winning film scores, notably for several films by auteur Lars von Trier.