The Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen
The Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen is one of the world's leading chamber orchestras. That is demonstrated not least by the engagement of star conductor Paavo Järvi, who has been artistic director of the orchestra since 2004 and ensures that its high artistic quality is maintained.
The orchestra delights audiences in Bremen's Glocke as well as at major festivals and concert venues in Germany and abroad with its outstanding artistic achievements and boundless joy in making music. It has appeared at the Salzburg Festival, London's Proms, the Leipzig Bach Festival, the Berlin Philharmonie and Bonn's International Beethoven Festival. Their many invitations for 2005 include performances at the Mostly Mozart Festival in New York and the Ravinia Festival during a tour of the US.
Internationally renowned soloists – Sabine Meyer, Viktoria Mullova, Heinz Holliger, Christine Schäfer, Olli Mustonen, Hélène Grimaud, Heinrich Schiff, Giovanni Antonini and Christian Tetzlaff, to name but a few – collaborate frequently with the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen.
The orchestra has performed repertoire of all musical periods, from Baroque to romantic to contemporary music, with specialists such as Trevor Pinnock, Jirí Belohlávek and Pierre Boulez. This stylistic diversity and brilliance is unparalleled in an environment characterized for the most part by specialist ensembles.
So-called "crossover" projects with artists such as the klezmer ensemble World Quintet (formerly Kol Simcha), the Turtle Island String Quartet, Per Arne Glorvigen and his ensemble "Tango for 3" as well as the bremen shakespeare company provide endless variety in the orchestra's concert programs.
Numerous CD recordings for well-known record companies, including Deutsche Grammophon, Teldec, Virgin Classics, BMG, Berlin Classics and Decca, document the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen's stylistic range and level of quality. The orchestra is currently producing recordings with Paavo Järvi in the forward-looking Super Audio CD technology for the Dutch record company PentaTone. Following their initial releases of works for chamber orchestra by Igor Stravinsky and Richard Strauss, they have begun recording the complete Beethoven symphonies.
A vital basis for the orchestra's extraordinary achievements is the soloistic quality and chamber music approach of each individual orchestra member, which results in particularly intense musical communication within the orchestra and an extremely energetic orchestral sound. The Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen is an orchestra of soloists. In their own chamber music series, presented in cooperation with Radio Bremen, the musicians perform in ever-changing ensembles. In addition to their orchestral activity, individual members also appear as soloists with the orchestra.
The wind soloists of the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremenhave been a permanent ensemble since 1990. They have undertaken numerous worldwide concert tours performing their wide-ranging repertoire of chamber music for winds and have recorded several award-winning CDs.
The orchestra is organized as a "company orchestra" in which all the musicians are partners of the company "The Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen." The orchestra generates over 60% of its budget itself through fees and ticket sales and, to an increasing extent, by raising sponsorship and other third-party funding as well. In the "5 Seconds Model," together with Prof. Dr. Christian Scholz it offers innovative management training on the subject of "high performance" for top executives.
The Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen preserves the tradition of orchestral music, develops it further with new programming ideas and interpretational approaches as well as performing new music and has created new, modern structures and forms of financing. For this reason, the orchestra is regarded as a model for the sustainable implementation of urgently needed reforms on the German orchestral landscape.
The Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen is particularly grateful for the generous support of the Free Hanseatic City of Bremen and its primary sponsors, the Bremen Sparkasse, Kraft Foods and KPMG. Many other sponsors and patrons also make vital contributions to securing the orchestra's continued existence.
The Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen is supported by Die Sparkasse Bremen, KPMG, Kraft Foods.
P a a v o J ä r v i
Estonian-born conductor Paavo Järvi is one of the most sought after conductors of his generation. He studied percussion and conducting at the Tallinn School of Music and then, in 1980, moved to the USA where he continued his studies at the Curtis Institute of Music and at the Los Angeles Philharmonic Institute with Leonard Bernstein.
He was appointed Music Director of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra in September 2001 and has recently extended his contract with the orchestra until 2008/09. Last season saw his first domestic tour with the orchestra, which included Boston Symphony Hall, Washington Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall.
In 2004 Paavo Järvi took up the position of Artistic Director of the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen. To mark the beginning of this cooperation a new CD of works by Stravinsky was released on the Super Audio format (SACD). Also a recording with works by Richard Strauss was released. The collaboration is initially planned for three years and central to this period is a project to perform and record all the Beethoven Symphonies
He also holds the post of Artistic Adviser to the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra and has championed many works by Estonian composers including Arvo Pärt, Erkki-Sven Tüür, Lepo Sumera and Eduard Tubin. Paavo Järvi has previously held the posts of Principal Guest Conductor with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestras.
Paavo Järvi is in great demand as a guest conductor and appearances include the Philharmonia, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, London Philharmonic, Munich Philharmonic, Czech Philharmonic, Israel, St Petersburg, BBC Philharmonic (including the London Proms), Berlin Philharmonic, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Orchestre National de France, Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, RAI Turin, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, NHK Tokyo, Orchestre de Paris, London Symphony Orchestra, Amsterdam Concertgebouw Orkest, Filarmonica della Scala in Milan, WDR Cologne, Hessischer Rundfunk Boston, Detroit, Chicago, Cleveland, Los Angeles, Vienna, London and Sydney Symphony orchestras. He toured Italy with Bayerische Rundfunk and appeared at the Tanglewood Festival with Boston Symphony Orchestra.
Paavo Järvi makes it a priority to work with youth orchestras and conducts the UBS Verbier Youth Orchestra each summer, both in the Verbier Festival and on tour. He also works regularly with the Russian American Youth Orchestra in Moscow, Mahler Chamber Orchestra in Ferrara, the New World Symphony Orchestra in Miami and the European Union Youth Orchestra.
Mr Jarvi’s discography for EMI/Virgin Classics includes Sibelius Lemminkäinen Legends and Kullervo (with Stockholm Philharmonnic, an Estonian Portrait recording of works by Pärt, Erkki-Sven Tüür and Tubin and a Stenhammar recording, a Bernstein recording with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Sibelius Maiden in the Tower, Sibelius Cantatas and 2 CDs by Arvo Part with the Estonian Symphony Orchestra. With the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, he has released a number of CDs on Telarc featuring works by Berlioz, Sibelius, Tubin and Stravinsky.
For further information please visit Paavo Järvi's website: www.paavojarvi.com
“Baiba Skride also has an unmistakable tone which complements Stravinsky’s style: robust yet shimmering; neither too naïve nor too grown-up…” St. Galler Tagblatt, 27 November 2004
The remarkable Latvian violinist, Baiba Skride is rapidly earning a reputation as one of today’s most promising young artists. As a soloist, recitalist and chamber musician, and whilst still continuing her studies, Baiba Skride is already attaining an enviable international career.
First-prize winner of the 2001 Brussels Queen Elisabeth Competition, Baiba Skride was born into a musical Latvian family in Riga in 1981. She began lessons in Riga at the age of four and, in 1995, transferred as a young student to the Conservatory of Music and Theatre in Rostock, where she has studied since then with Professor Petru Munteanu. She has also attended masterclasses with Ruggiero Ricci and Lewis Kaplan. Prior to her success in Brussels, Baiba Skride had already been awarded the first prize at such international competitions as Kloster Schöntal (Germany) in 1995, Jeunesse Musicales in Bucharest (Romania) in 1997 and the Lipizer Competition in Gorizia (Italy) in 2000.
Baiba Skride’s 2004/05 season continues with her returning to the Helsinki Philharmonic and to CPE Bach Orchestra under Hartmut Haenchen. Further engagements include Tampere Philharmonic under John Storgårds, MalmöSymphony under Christoph Koenig, a return to the UK as soloist with the Copenhagen Philharmonic Orchestra and to Japan, with the Seoul Philharmonic and Tokyo Symphony where she will work again with Mikko Franck. The season also includes a tour to Japan with the Flanders Philharmonic Orchestra under Philippe Herreweghe. In the USA, she makes her debuts with the Detroit Symphony under Neeme Järvi and Cincinnati Symphony under Paavo Järvi. In Summer 2004 her debut CDs for Sony were released in the form of her debut solo and concerto CD.
In recent years, Baiba Skride has worked with Munich Philharmonic, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Regionale della Toscana, Dresdner Philharmonie, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Orchestre National de Belgique, Deutsches Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, Russian National Orchestra, St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Radiosinfonieorchester Frankfurt, Het Residentie Orkest Den Haag and the Philharmonia Orchestra. Last year, she also undertook a tour of Germany with the CPE Bach Orchestra. Baiba gave her Salzburg Festival debut in 2004 with the Mozarteum Orchestra and other festival appearances included Delft (Holland) and Kuhmo (Finland) chamber music festivals. Baiba Skride has worked, amongst others, with the following conductors: Paavo Berglund, Herbert Blomstedt, Olari Elts, Hans Graf, Lü Jia, Jeffrey Kahane and Lorin Maazel.
Baiba Skride has a wonderful recital partner in her sister, Lauma Skride. They have given recitals in Paris, Beijing and Tokyo as well as Rheingau Music Festival, Kissinger Sommer, at the Festival de Montpellier and the Palais des Beaux Arts, the Lockenhaus, Delft, Oslo Chamber Music Festivals and Gent Handelsbeurs. In March 05 they will give their New York debut at the Merkin Hall.
Baiba Skride plays the Stradivarius "Wilhelmj" violin (1725), which is generously on loan to her from the Nippon Music Foundation.