The Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen is one of the world’s leading orchestras. Since 2004 its artistic director has been the Estonian star conductor Paavo Järvi.
The successes of this artistic union speak for themselves: “The event of the summer”, wrote the New York Times in August 2005. For the German daily Die Welt the orchestra is “one of the most limpid and sensitive musical ensembles currently in existence”. And in 2007 the The New York Sun called it “the authoritative Beethoven orchestra of our days”. Its complete cycle of Beethoven’s symphonies, given at the Salzburg Festival in 2009, was considered the sensation of the festival and proclaimed “a miracle” by the Salzburger Nachrichten.
The main focus of the collaboration between Järvi and the orchestra – and thus the basis of these rave reviews – are the symphonies of Ludwig van Beethoven. Works that run the risk of sounding like humdrum warhorses turn out regularly in concert to be vibrant and authoritative new readings. This joint ‘Beethoven Project’ – the performance of all Beethoven symphonies and their recording in state-of-the-art 5.1 DSD technology – culminated in 2009. The same year witnessed the launch of a new ‘Schumann Project’.
The Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen can be heard at major festivals and concert halls in Germany and abroad with Paavo Järvi and renowned guest conductors and soloists. Time and again the orchestra thrills audiences anew with its unique and refreshing performance style.
This has led to longstanding and fruitful musical friendships with such world-renowned instrumentalists as Sabine Meyer, Viktoria Mullova, Heinz Holliger, Olli Mustonen, Hélène Grimaud, Heinrich Schiff, Janine Jansen and Christian Tetzlaff.
The orchestra’s repertoire ranges from the baroque era to contemporary music. From the very outset one of its cherished aims has been to work with specialists in each genre concerned, whether Ton Koopman and Trevor Pinnock or Heinz Holliger and Pierre Boulez.