Basel Chamber Orchestra

kammerorchester basel stands for the joy of making music together, a transparent and flexible orchestral sound, a desire for discovery in search of new ways of interpretations, and the programmatic combination of old and new music in the tradition of Paul Sacher’s Basel Chamber Orchestra.

Founded in 1984 by graduates of various Swiss musical colleges, the Basel Chamber Orchestra is nowadays invited to the most important concert arenas and festivals of the European classical music scene are just as much part of the schedule as the orchestra’s own subscription concerts in Basel.

The orchestra enjoys playing under the direction of its own concertmaster and appreciates the cooperation with various conductors such as Paul Goodwin, Kristjan Järvi, Paul McCreesh and Giovanni Antonini. With the latter, the musicians are working on the cycle of Beethoven’s symphonies. The recording of symphonies 1-6 is already available from Sony and received the “Ensemble of the year 2008“ award from ECHO Klassik for the recording of the 3rd and 4th symphonies.

The orchestra could affirm this success last year: Under the direction of its concertmaster Julia Schröder co-starring soprano Nuria Rial it won the ECHO Klassik 2012 in the category “Best Opera Recording (opera arias and duets)” for the recording of Telemann’s arias. Similarly, the CD edition “Classical modern“ under the direction of Christopher Hogwood, as well as the recordings of operas and oratorios by the New Halle Handel Edition under the leadership of Paul Goodwin, all received unreserved praise from critics. The documentary “Bartok Quinten“ [Bartok’s quintets] (2010, directed by Christine Burlet), which provides a colourful look behind the scenes of the kammerorchester basel, has been broadcast on the television channels SF1 and 3sat.

The list of soloists who have performed together with the orchestra is renowned: Cecilia Bartoli, Sol Gabetta, Andreas Scholl, Angelika Kirchschlager, Matthias Goerne, Sabine Meyer, Vesselina Kasarova, Angela Hewitt, Renauld Capuçon, Victoria Mullova and Nuria Rial and many more.

Also in the season 2013/14 the kammerorchester basel is looking forward to working with outstanding soloists and conductors and presenting its traditional core repertoire, such as Handel’s “Amadigi”, and appealing extensions, including the world premiere of a commissioned work by the Swiss composer Rico Gubler, in Basel and the region as well as in the major music center s of Europe and at various festivals.

2013 Clariant has joined Credit Suisse as main sponsor of the kammerorchester basel.