Composer. He is considered the greatest name in Danish Romanticism. His music was influenced by German composers Felix Mendelssohn and Robert Schumann, who were close friends of his. Mendelssohn performed Gade's Symphony No. 1 in Leipzig and invited him to become assistant conductor of the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra. After Mendelssohn's death in 1847 he was appointed principal conductor, but the following year he returned to Copenhagen when war broke out between Denmark and Schleswig-Holstein supported by Prussia. Right up to his death he was a central figure in Denmark's musical life as a composer, a conductor, as director of the Academy of Music and of The Royal Theatre. His works include orchestral, chamber and choral music as well as music for the piano and the organ. Apart from the opera "Mariotta", his stage works are mostly ballets.
Bio by: Erik Skytte