The Orchestra

Kammerakademie Potsdam

Kammerakademie Potsdam“The Schubert Cycle alone secures a bright place in the orchestra landscape for the Kammerakademie Potsdam and Manacorda.” (Spiegel Online, May 2015)

Kammerakademie Potsdam celebrates 15 exceptional years with its 2016/17 season. Today, KAP is the resident orchestra of Potsdam’s Nikolaisaal as well as the leading chamber orchestra in the state of Brandenburg. The countless invitations to national and international music festivals as well as the 2015 ECHO Klassik prize in the “Ensemble/Orchestra of the Year” category for its recording of Franz Schubert’s Symphonies Nos. 2 & 4 stand as testaments to the orchestra’s accomplishments.

Together with Antonello Manacorda, KAP has made a name for itself with high artistic quality, historically informed interpretation, and refreshing musicality. From chamber music to high profile concerts with international soloists, contemporary programs and a broad spectrum of events for young people, KAP is well known for its highly diverse programming.

After many years of collaboration with musical directors Peter Rundel, Sergio Azzolini, Andrea Marcon and Michael Sanderling, Antonello Manacorda joined the Kammerakademie as chief conductor in 2010. This season they meet again with renowned conductors Trevor Pinnock, Konrad Junghänel, Douglas Boyd and Antonio Méndez. Celebrated violinist Veronika Eberle joins as artist in residence with solo performances, chamber music and also as musical director. Several highly acclaimed soloists are also helping celebrate the 15th anniversary season, including Emmanuel Pahud, Ute Lemper, Fazil Say, Albrecht Mayer, Anna Prohaska, Magali Mosnier, Ramón Ortega Quero and Sharon Kam. For the first concert of the season the Kammerakademie was joined by three longtime friends and collaborators: Antje Weithaas, Maximilian Hornung and Avi Avital.

A high point of the season is always the Potsdamer Winter Opera. The critically acclaimed production of Händel’s “Jeptha” (2013, directed by Lydia Steier) was performed again at the Wiener Festwochen and the Hamburger Theater Festival in 2015. This season KAP continued its performances of the Winter Opera at Friedenskirche Sanssouci with a staging of Händel’s oratorio “Israel in Egypt”.

Following up on their celebrated cycle of Schubert symphonies with Sony Classical (conductor: Antonello Manacorda), the Kammerakademie has started recording the complete symphonies of Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, also with Sony Classical. The first CD of the Mendelssohn cycle, containing the 1st and 4th symphony, was released in August 2016. Since then Kammerakademie Potsdam has been involved in a recording of CPE Bach’s flute concertos by Emmanuel Pahud and Trevor Pinnock which was released in November 2016 by Warner Music. Furthermore you can hear Kammerakademie Potsdam playing on Andreas Ottensamers recent debut-recording at Decca called “New Era”.

After a successful first tour of Japan in May 2016, the orchestra continued its tour schedule in 2017 with Emmanuel Pahud and Trevor Pinnock and performed throughout Europe, including Istanbul, Vaduz, Lyon, Genf, München, Köln, Wien and Zagreb. Other international invitations in 2017 include Amsterdam, Rheinsberg, Rheingau Musik Festival, Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival and the Niedersächsische Musiktage. In June 2017 KAP will be on tour again – its first ever South America tour – and will be performing in cities such as São Paulo, Santiago de Chile and Buenos Aires.

Music education is an important aspect of KAP’s work in Potsdam and Brandenburg. Our offers include rehearsal visitations, workshop performances and interactive programs for kids of all ages and their families. Since 2008 Kammerakademie has had a close connection with the Drewitz School in Potsdam. There, the orchestra has been able to establish regular programs for cultural education.