The Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen
The Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen is one of the world’s leading orchestras, captivating audiences everywhere with its unique style of music-making. The Estonian conductor Paavo Järvi has been the orchestra’s Artistic Director since 2004.
One of the many highlights of the collaboration with Paavo Järvi has been their Beethoven Project, on which conductor and orchestra concentrated for ten years. Their Beethoven interpretations have been acclaimed worldwide by audiences and critics alike as benchmark performances. Following the Beethoven Project, The Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen and Paavo Järvi focused on Robert Schumann’s symphonic works with equal success.
The latest project of the orchestra and its conductor is the German composer Johannes Brahms. With Symphonies No. 3 and No. 4 released in March 2019, the symphony cycle came to completion. The project’s highlight was the internationally acclaimed performance of A German Requiem on April 10, 2018, at Bremen Cathedral – 150 years after the first performance. The recording has been released on DVD and Blu-ray by C-Major.
In October 2019, The Brahms Code, an exciting TV/DVD documentary about the Brahms Project produced by Deutsche Welle/Unitel, was released and was the German Record Critics’ Award winner in the music film category (1/2020). Although the Brahms cycle and the associated intensive examination of Brahms’ works are not yet finished, the orchestra has turned to another composer, Joseph Haydn. At the special request of Paavo Järvi, the musicians deal with Haydn’s twelve London Symphonies. The first concerts were held in Vienna in the autumn of 2021, and according to the Wiener Zeitung, the Viennese audience appreciated them with bravos and prolonged applause. Winter of 2022, The Kammerphilharmonie and Järvi went on a tour in Asia with London Symphonies, starting in Hamburg and then Vienna to Japan and South Korea. The first CD with two of Haydn’s twelve London Symphonies is released in 2023.
The Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen has been honored with numerous prizes, such as Echo, Opus and Diapason d’Or, for its recordings and unique Future Lab—a driving force for social development and now also a global movement. For years, The Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen has cultivated close musical friendships with international soloists such as Christian Tetzlaff, Maria Joao Pires, Janine Jansen, Igor Levit, Hilary Hahn, and Martin Grubinger. In addition to the long-time artistic director Paavo Järvi, the young Finnish conductor Tarmo Peltokoski has been the first Principal Guest Conductor since February 2022.
Since opening in 2017, The Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen has been one of the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg’s resident orchestras and a long-standing Kolner Philharmonie’s resident orchestra. In 2019, the orchestra was the first in residence at the Rheingau Musik Festival and was awarded the Rheingau Musik Preis for its pioneering projects and the associated writing of interpretation history.