The CAMERATA Salzburg is one of the leading chamber orchestras worldwide. Invitations to the most prestigious venues from New York to Beijing complement the orchestra’s concert activities in their hometown, Salzburg.
The CAMERATA has been one of the core ensembles of the Salzburg Festival and Mozart Week since 1956. The subscription series of the CAMERATA in the great hall of the International Foundation Mozarteum is a pillar of Salzburg’s musical life.
At the center of the repertoire, in addition to the works of Joseph Haydn, Ludwig van Beethoven and Franz Schubert is, of course, the work of the “genius loci” Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Over the years, mainly the typical “Salzburg Mozart sound” has made the CAMERATA an international ambassador and musical figurehead of the city of Salzburg.
Highlights in recent years have included appearances at the Festival de Pâques in Aix-en-Provence, the BBC Proms in London, the Enescu Festival in Bucharest, the Beijing Music Festival and the Carnegie Hall in New York. The CAMERATA has a close cooperation with the Wiener Konzerthaus and appears regularly in the Tonhalle Zurich, the Alte Oper in Frankfurt, the Kultur- und Kongresszentrum Luzern, the Prinzregententheater Munich, as well as the Cologne Philharmonie and the Philharmonie de Paris.
Personalities like Géza Anda, Sándor Végh and Sir Roger Norrington have shaped the CAMERATA sound. Musicians such as Heinz Holliger, Alfred Brendel, Philippe Herreweghe, Franz Welser-Möst, Pinchas Zukerman, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Teodor Currentzis, Matthias Goerne, Fazıl Say, Renaud Capuçon, Yuja Wang, Janine Jansen and Hélène Grimaud, among others, have been prominent partners of the CAMERATA in past years.
When Bernhard Paumgartner founded the orchestra in 1952, the artistic credo of each individual member was clear: making music on one’s own responsibility within the CAMERATA community. A maxim that the orchestra and its members live to this day. Long time mentors Bernhard Paumgartner and Sándor Végh shaped the world-famous “CAMERATA sound”. After Végh’s death, Sir Roger Norrington, as chief conductor, had a lasting influence on the orchestra. Today Sir Roger is the Director Laureate of the CAMERATA. His successors as artistic directors were Leonidas Kavakos and the French conductor Louis Langrée. Since 2016, the musicians at the CAMERATA have taken artistic direction into their own hands.
Led by their concert masters Gregory Ahss and Giovanni Guzzo as “primus inter pares,” the musicians work together to interpret sound and its subtleties, as well as the music behind the notes. In this way, even in the seventh decade of its existence, the CAMERATA maintains a “joy of playing that is contagious” (Neue Zürcher Zeitung). The CAMERATA regularly concertizes with its artistic partners Renaud Capuçon, François Leleux and Fazıl Say, along with guest conductors such as Andrew Manze, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Manfred Honeck and Ingo Metzmacher.
The CAMERATA has recorded over sixty productions for well-known labels such as Deutsche Grammophon (most recently The Messenger together with Hélène Grimaud), DECCA, Sony or Warner Classics – many of which have won important prizes -, testifying to the excellence and dedication to the music of the CAMERATA musicians.