Camerata Musica exists to bring young audiences to classical music. It offers its concert-goers the opportunity to hear some of the greatest masterpieces of the Western musical canon in performances by the finest artists performing today. And it is the only concert programme in the country which reserves fully half its seats for students and those under 25, and makes these available at generously subsidized prices.
In this 9th Camerata Musica Season, we offer our most ambitious programme to date: seven concerts by artists who are among the world's finest soloists and ensembles. The concerts take place in the intimate surroundings of the Peterhouse Theatre in Cambridge which seats under 200 and is celebrated for the warmth and clarity of its acoustic; the one exception as to venue is the concert by La Venexiana, which takes place in Trinity College Chapel, Cambridge (Tuesday 5 May 2015).
The series begins with the outstanding Bavarian soprano, Christiane Karg - fresh from triumphs at the 2014 Salzburg Easter Festival and at Glyndebourne - in partnership with Malcolm Martineau in a concert that includes one of Schumann's greatest song cycles: on 'a woman's life and love', Frauenliebe und Leben (Thursday 23 October).
The season continues with recitals by three of the world's most celebrated pianists. We welcome back Daniil Trifonov (Tuesday 28 October), who begins his autumn recital tour of Europe with this concert, and Piotr Anderszewski (Thursday 20 November), together with Rafał Blechacz (15 January 2015), appearing in the Camerata Musica series for the first time - an artist who shot to fame when he became the sole winner of all five first prizes in the 2005 International Chopin Competition in Warsaw, and who has recently been awarded one of music's most prestigious and richest prizes, the Gilmore Music Award (of which Anderszewski himself was a previous winner).
Winter also sees the appearance of the Takács Quartet (Tuesday 3 February 2015), widely acknowledged as one of the very finest interpreters of the quartet repertory. And we are delighted this year to offer a concert by Italy's foremost Baroque vocal ensemble, La Venexiana, led by their founder and music director Claudio Cavina (Tuesday 5 May 2015, in Trinity College Chapel), who bring an operatic energy and sensuality to the performance of the madrigals of Monteverdi.
This year's season concludes with a concert by Germany's most distinguished violinist, Isabelle Faust, (Saturday 13 June 2015), in a programme that surveys all the violin sonatas of Johannes Brahms. She is partnered by great Russian pianist Alexander Melnikov, whose recording of the Shostakovich Preludes and Fugues was included in BBC Music Magazine's '50 Greatest Recordings of All Time'.
As ever, Camerata Musica records its thanks to the sponsors of this year's programme, who, as in previous years, enable us to make fully half the tickets at all concerts available to students at generously subsidized prices. A munificent benefaction from Mr and Mrs Adam Horne has provided core funding for the entire programme, and we are also grateful to sponsors of individual concerts - in particular to Sir Ralph Kohn, sponsor of the Daniil Trifonov concert; Mr Dilip Chandra sponsor of the Takács Quartet concert; to Mr and Mrs Thomas Murphy, sponsors of the recital by Rafał Blechacz; and Mr Fred Shahrabani, for his sponsorship of the Faust-Melnikov recital.
Chairman and Programme Director, Camerata Musica