"Camerata Bern combines every necessary element to create magical moments: the skills, a collective open mind and the courage to take risks." Der Bund, February 2018
While maintaining the highest standard of excellence, Camerata Bern is dedicated to pushing beyond traditional classical boundaries with innovative approaches, unending curiosity, exuberance and passion.
Founded in 1962, Camerata Bern began as conductorless string ensemble. Today, it has become a renowned chamber orchestra, recognized throughout the world. Its 15 members, each an outstanding soloist, come together to create this extraordinary collective. Camerata Bern began its collaboration with Patricia Kopatchinskaja in 2018, as she was named Artistic Partner.
Camerata Bern explores repertoire which spans the ages, from baroque masterpieces to contemporary music of today. A dedication to new music has been highlighted since 2018 with yearly Composers-in-Residence. That esteemed position will be held by American composer, Michael Hersch in 2019/20. Camerata Bern will premiere his commissioned his work, "Agatha" in February of 2020, featuring musicians Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Reto Bieri and Ah Young Hong.
With its own local concert series, Camerata Bern is true to its title and rooted in the beautiful city of Bern, Switzerland. Camerata Bern can also be heard in renowned concerts halls and festivals throughout Switzerland, Europe, North and South America and Asia. The Ensemble collaborates regularly with prominent musicians as Antje Weithaas, Anna Prohaska, Sol Gabetta, Pekka Kuusisto, Sergio Azzolini, Kristian Bezuidenhout and Heinz Holliger.
Recordings of Camerata Bern have received international acclaim. The Ensemble has been awarded the Grand Prix du Disque, the Records Critics Award and the Record Academy Prize. In September of 2019, the debut album "Time and Eternity" with Camerata Bern and Patricia Kopatchinskaja was released by Alpha Classics. The original live program was premiered a year earlier, by candlelight, in the French Church of Bern, Switzerland.
Dedicated to music education, in the last 9 years Camerata Bern has presented more than 150 school concerts in the State of Bern. In addition to reaching out for local performances, Camerata Bern has its own concert series that is presented at the Zentrum Paul Klee, Casino Bern, the Theater National and the Dampfzentrale Bern.