Kammerorchester Berlin

The Kammerorchester Berlin, one of Berlin’s leading orchestras, has been in existence since 1945. It was under Helmut Koch, its first artistic director, that the ensemble came into its own as a leading voice in the music world, receiving not only the Goethe Prize from the City of Berlin but also a variety of other distinctions such as the Grand Prix du Disque and the Japan Record Award for its recorded concert performance of Antonio Vivaldi’s Juditha triumphans, Claudio Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Betulia Liberata. Its concert tour appearances on the world’s leading stages also thrust the Kammerorchester Berlin into the international spotlight.

Between 1970 and 1990, the orchestra maintained close ties with vocalist and conductor Peter Schreier, embarking on numerous concert tours and recording several CD and television productions with him, among them a television production of the complete body of secular cantatas by J. S. Bach. The Kammerorchester Berlin also worked with artists such as Vittorio Negri, Ludwig Güttler, Kurt Masur and Jeffrey Tate at this time.

Over the past few years, the Kammerorchester Berlin has primarily collaborated with artistic directors Katrin Scholz, Michael Sanderling and Michael Erxleben. Following on the heels of various CD productions of those collaborations on the Berlin Classics label, the ensemble was invited to the Rheingau Musik Festival, the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival, the Choriner Musiksommer, the Festival de Música de Canarias and the Pollença music festival in Majorca as well as to Japan, the US, Turkey, Poland, Spain, Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Ecuador and Peru. The Kammerorchester Berlin holds its own concert series in the Konzerthaus Berlin and the Berlin Philharmonic.