The debut at Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, successful tours throughout Europe, Asia and South America and the 2015 Klassik prize in the “Ensemble/Orchestra of the Year” category are just a few highlights of the Kammerakademie Potsdam’s exciting development. A leading chamber orchestra in the state of Brandenburg and resident orchestra of Potsdam’s Nikolaisaal, the Kammerakademie Potsdam impresses with the highest artistic quality, outstanding live performances and both contemporary and historically-informed interpretations. Musically versatile and with a vibrant style of music-making, the orchestra offers a more wide-ranged programme than ever in 2018/19. Antonello Manacorda was appointed artistic director and principal conductor in the 2010/11 season; his predecessors include Sergio Azzolini, Andrea Marcon and Michael Sanderling.
International soloists such as Sabine Meyer, Julia Fischer, Bejun Mehta, Albrecht Mayer, Emmanuel Pahud, Andreas Ottensamer and Gábor Boldoczki will join the orchestra. Steven Isserlis is this season’s Artist in Residence and will be working with the Kammerakademie Potsdam for a number of concerts. Conductors Antonio Méndez and Jörg Widmann are welcomed back, whilst Paul McCreesh and Alexander Lonquich will make their debuts.
In 2018 the Potsdamer Winteroper once again took place in the unique and historic setting of the Friedenskirche Sanssouci, presenting “Theodora”, a staged oratorio by Georg Friedrich Händel.
The Kammerakademie Potsdam will continue to be a cultural ambassador for the city and the state of Brandenburg and will be making appearances at prestigious festivals and concert venues including the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Glocke Bremen, Tonhalle Düsseldorf, Philharmonie Köln, Frauenkirche Dresden, Philharmonie and Pierre Boulez Saal Berlin, Lingotto Turin, the Rheingau Musik Festival, Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and the Brandenburgische Sommerkonzerte. The orchestra’s successful collaboration with the Kammeroper Schloss Rheinsberg will continue into 2019.
Musical and cultural education has always been a vital part of the Kammerakademie Potsdam’s work. A particularly special collaboration has been formed with the Drewitz Primary School, where the trio of orchestra, school and community centre, named “Music Creates Perspectives”, has created a unique and nationally-recognised model of cultural outreach. It has been awarded the coveted “Kultur öffnet Welten” prize by the Minister for Culture and Media.