The Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen

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Biography

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 ensemble’s collaboration with Paavo Järvi has been their Beethoven Project, on which the conductor and orchestra concentrated for six years. Their Beethoven interpretations have been acclaimed worldwide by audiences and critics alike as benchmark performances. They have thrilled listeners in Paris, Tokyo, Strasbourg, Warsaw, at the Salzburg Festival, and the Beethovenfest Bonn with the complete cycle of nine Beethoven symphonies. The cycle was recorded on RCA and enthusiastically acclaimed by critics throughout the world. The TV and DVD documentary of the Beethoven Project produced by Deutsche Welle and Unitel was also greeted with a positive response, receiving numerous awards.

The Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen and Paavo Järvi are currently focusing on Robert Schumann’s symphonic works with equal success. After sensational triumphs in Tokyo and Saint Petersburg, in 2012 the Schumann cycles were also acclaimed at the Beethoven Festival in Warsaw and Vienna’s Konzerthaus. A TV/DVD about the Schumann Project, produced by Deutsche Welle in cooperation with Unitel, arte, and Radio Bremen, has been released.

For many years, the orchestra has cultivated close musical friendships with such internationally renowned soloists and conductors as Sabine Meyer, Viktoria Mullova, Heinz Holliger, Olli Mustonen, Hélène Grimaud, Martin Grubinger, Janine Jansen, Christian Tetzlaff, Hilary Hahn, Heinrich Schiff, Trevor Pinnock, and Sir Roger Norrington.

The orchestra members devote themselves with strong personal commitment to their joint projects with the Bremen East Comprehensive School, where the ensemble’s rehearsal rooms are now located. The unique collaboration that has resulted has been recognized with numerous awards from the beginning, including the Zukunftsaward (Future Award) as “best social innovation” in 2007 and the ECHO Classical Award in 2012. With these projects, the musicians pursue the goal of encouraging individual development through music – especially, but not only in an educationally disadvantaged environment. The Minister of State for Culture has designated the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen’s Future Lab as a model project.

In 2008 the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen received the prestigious German Founders Award in the special award category for its successful combination of entrepreneurship and culture. In 2009 three of the orchestra’s CD releases won ECHO Classical Awards. The

Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen was honored with the German Record Critics’ Certificate of Special Merit in 2010 for its editorial achievements ranging from Bach to Ruzicka. The same year Paavo Järvi received the ECHO Classical Award as Conductor of the Year for the Beethoven recordings.

The Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen is Orchestra in Residence at the Beethovenfest Bonn and the Elbphilharmonie Concerts in Hamburg.