Ole Baekhoej

Director @ Pierre Boulez Saal

Born in Denmark in 1970, Ole Baekhoej first studied double-bass in Aarhus (Det Jyske Musikkonservatorium) and Amsterdam (Conservatorium van Amsterdam), and later studied Business Administration in Copenhagen (AVT Business School Copenhagen).
As a music student, Baekhoej toured throughout Europe and the Middle East with the European Union Youth Orchestra and the European Union Baroque Orchestra. After graduate studies, he lived in Holland and played, recorded and participated in international tours as a freelance bassist with orchestras such as the Koninklijk Concertgebouworkest Amsterdam and the Radio Kamer Orkest.
In 2001, Baekhoej became General Manager of the Gabrieli Consort & Players in London. During his engagement there until 2008, he secured numerous CD Recording agreements with Deutsche Grammophon for the Consort, Paul McCreesh and artists such as Rolando Villazón, Magdalena Koizená and Mark Padmore.
From 2008 to 2012, he worked as Artistic & Executive Director of the DR Symfoni Orkestret, and was jointly responsible for the opening and profiling of the new concert hall in Copenhagen (DR Koncerthuset). The hall was designed by architect Jean Nouvel, and Yasuhisa Toyota was responsible for the hall’s acoustics. During his directorship there, Baekhoej engaged Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos as chief conductor, held the internationally acclaimed competition for conductors Malko Konkurrencen under the chairmanship of Lorin Maazel, and introduced many new performance formats for the venue.
Thereafter, he lead the internationally active Mahler Chamber Orchestra as Chief Executive until 2015. He worked closely with artists such as Claudio Abbado, Daniel Harding and Mitsuko Uchida. During his tenure, the orchestra celebrated international acclaim with projects such as the “Beethoven Journey” with Leif Ove Andsnes, and was especially distinguished for its educational project “Feel the Music” for deaf and hearing impaired children.
In 2015, Ole Baekhoej was the first appointed director to the Pierre Boulez Saal, and began his engagement there in October of that year.
In addition, Ole Baekhoej is active on numerous competition Juries (Malko Konkurrencen, String Quartet Competition of the Paris Philharmonic), and acts as podium speaker for diverse conferences (such as the IAMA International Conference, Deutsche Konzerthauskonferenz).
Ole Baekhoej has been living in Berlin with his wife and two children since 2013.