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Camerata Salzburg - NOSPR

Camerata Salzburg

photo by Pia Clodi

Camerata Salzburg is one of the leading chamber orchestras worldwide. Invitations to the most prestigious venues from New York to Beijing complement the orchestras concert activities in their hometown, Salzburg.
The Camerata Salzburg is one of the core ensembles of the Salzburg Festival and Mozart Week since 1956. The subscription series of the Camerata Salzburg 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 our genius loci Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. It is above all the typical “Salzburg Mozart sound” that over the years has made Camerata Salzburg 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, BBC Proms in London, Enescu Festival in Bucharest, Beijing Music Festival and Carnegie Hall in New York. The Camerata Salzburg 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 Roger Norrington have shaped the Camerata Salzburg 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 Salzburg 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 Salzburg 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 Salzburg sound”. After Végh's death, Roger Norrington, as chief conductor, had a lasting influence on the orchestra. Today Roger Norrington is the Director Laureate of Camerata Salzburg. His successors as artistic directors were Leonidas Kavakos and the French conductor Louis Langrée. Since 2016, the musicians at Camerata Salzburg 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 and the music behind the notes. In this way, even in the seventh decade of its existence, Camerata Salzburg maintains a “joy of playing that is contagious” (Neue Zürcher Zeitung). Camerata Salzburg concertizes regularly with its artistic partners Renaud Capuçon, François Leleux and Fazıl Say and guest conductors such as Andrew Manze, John Eliot Gardiner, Manfred Honeck and Ingo Metzmacher.

The Camerata Salzburg has recorded over 60 productions for well-known labels such as Deutsche Grammophon (most recently The Messenger together with Hélène Grimaud), Decca, Sony Classical or Warner Classics
 many of which have won important prizes  testifying to the excellence and dedication to music of the Camerata Salzburg musicians.


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