1979 he founded the vocal group Ars Nova with whom he through
17 years made more than 500 concerts and 20 CD recordings. 1996
he founded the vocal ensemble Musica Ficta with whom he has now
conducted about 250 concerts and theatre performances, and recorded
18 CDs. As a freelance conductor Bo Holten has been a guest at
a wide range of ensembles and choirs in Scandinavia and abroad,
among them the Swedish Radio Choir and the Nederlands Kamerkoor,
The National Chamber Choir of Ireland, and The Flemish Radio Choir.
He is a regular visitor with most symphony orchestras in Denmark,
often working with oratorios, contemporary or late romantic music.
Every year since 1985, Holten has been conducting a five day orchestral
workshop for younger composers with the South Jutland Symph.Orch.
Over the years Bo Holten has conducted more than 175 world premieres.
His recording of music by Delius with the Aarhus Symphony Orchestra
(on Danacord) met with considerable acclaim in the U.K. where
The Grammophone awarded it Editors Choice and Classical
CD named it Record of the Month. Holten's orchestration of Carl
Nielsens grand Commotio and other newly orchestrated Nielsen
works was praised highly by the press, recorded under his baton
by The Odense Symphony Orchestra. A second Delius recording with
works connected to Norway with the Aarhus orchestra appeared in
2002. Also this was elected as "Editor's choice". Since
then Bo Holten has recorded a long list of orchestral CDs for
the Danish National Label DACAPO, featuring music by for example
Riisager, Emil Hartmann, Erik Bach, Thomas Koppel and Emil Reesen,
and also an entire CD devoted to Holten's own choir works. At
the moment (2007) Holten is concentrating mainly on composing
a new grand opera (his sixth), based on P.O.Enquist's famed novel
"The Visit of the Royal Physician" of 1999, already
translated into 32 languages. This work will be premiered under
the composer's baton in Copenhagen's new operahouse during the
first months of 2009.
Holten is also a prolific composer with more than 100 works on
his work-list. Among those are 5 operas of which nr. 3 Operation
Orfeo has been the most frequently performed contemporary
Danish opera with now 89 performances worldwide. His fifth opera
"Gesualdo", written for a period band, a madrigal group,
and "modern" opera singers met with general acclaim
i 2003. He has also written 2 symphonies, 4 concertos and two
musicals. Among his most widely performed music are the 30 a cappella-works
which span his whole composing career. Apart from that there are
also songs, chamber music and several film- and TV-scores.