7 violins, 2 violas, 2 cellos, double bass
In 2001, twelve Philharmonic string players founded a new chamber orchestra: the Philharmonic Camerata. The group’s guiding principle is combining full symphonic sonority with chamber-musical transparency and intimacy, exploring the relationship between soloistic individuality and homogeneous ensemble playing. Under the direction of Alessandro Cappone, a former member of the Scharoun Ensemble, the Philharmonic Camerata has developed a repertoire comprising not only the chamber orchestral literature from Baroque to the present day, but also including arrangements of works such as Schubert’s Death and the Maiden Quartet and Beethoven’s Serioso Quartet.
One musical emphasis of the ensemble is reserved for the string sextets and octets of Mendelssohn, Brahms and Schoenberg. The Philharmonic Camerata, which regularly performs with such noted soloists as Albrecht Mayer, Wenzel Fuchs, Mischa Maisky and Tatjana Vassiljewa, is an esteemed presence in international concert halls and at many renowned festivals. Its tours have taken it to France, Italy and Japan.