With the beginning of the 2012-2013 season Hamburger Camerata has won the prestigious promising young conductor Simon Gaudenzdorfer as new chief conductor. Under his leadership, the Chamber Orchestra makes an important contribution to the departure of the music city of Hamburg and acts as an ambassador of Hamburg far beyond the borders of the city.
The Hamburger Camerata was founded in 1986 and has since made a name with unusual, thoughtful programs and interpretations. Sovereign technical precision and unconventional vitality of playing draw the style of ensemble as well as loyalty, flexible chamber music sound and vital joy. With the concert series at the Laeiszhalle in Hamburg, existing since 1990, the orchestra under the direction of Max Pommer, Claus Bantzer and Ralf Gothóni created a distinctive place in the Hamburg music scene. A wide range of programs of chamber symphonic music and symphonic chamber music as well as the commitment to modern music are characteristic for this concert series.
In 2001, Max Pommer, became the Artistic Director of the Hamburger Camerata. The ensemble has performed with great success under his leadership in numerous cities in Germany and at international music festivals. On the occasion of his 75th Birthday, Max Pommer left the post in February 2011, after ten successful years as Artistic Director of the Hamburger Camerata. At the same time Gustav Frielinghaus, leader of the Amaryllis Quartet, obtained the responsible position of concertmaster. In June 2011, Simon Gaudenzdorfer presented as an award-winning guest conductor the Hungarian Serenade at Laeiszhalle in Hamburg. The overwhelming enthusiasm of the audience and the musicians was the basis for the fast decision on the new artistic collaboration in the Großen Saal of the Laeiszhalle in Hamburg.
Even outside the subscription series the ensemble unfolds the modern flexible variety of activities with about 45 concerts per year in the leading churches of Hamburg and Northern Germany and the in major festivals and concert halls at home and abroad.
In 2012, the Hamburger Camerata recorded an album with the Russian pianist Anastasia Injushina and Ralf Gothóni With this recording program they opened in 2013 the Helsinki Spring Light Chamber Music Festival at the Konzerthaus Musiikkitalo Helsinki. In the framework of the German Protestant Church Congress 2013, the Hamburger Camerata participated in the premiere of the opera Vom Ende der Unschuld by Stephan Peiffer from Kampnagel under the direction of Matthias Hoffmann-Borggrefe.
The Hamburger Camerata is committed to a long-term and sustainable music education, and especially for children from disadvantaged neighborhoods, with family concerts, Elbwichtel concerts, school and daycare concerts, sponsorships, school and daycare visits, orchestral experience rehearsing and workshops. So that the orchestra reaches more than 10,000 children and adolescents each year.
These so fruitful and successful artistic work would not be possible without the generous support of sponsors and supporters: Thomas J.C. and Angelika Matzen Stiftung, Kulturbehörde Hamburg, Pro Helvetia Schweizer Kulturstiftung, Funk Internationale Versicherungsmakler und Risk Consultants, J.J. Darboven GmbH & Co. KG, Kinder helfen Kindern e.V., Republik Österreich Honorarkonsulat Hamburg, Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben and Förderverein Hamburger Camerata e.V. Moreover, numerous partners, friends and supporters, as well as the Board of Trustees, chaired by Rolf Seelmann-Eggebert supply an indispensable contribution to the Hamburger Camerata long term so that they can realize their artistic goals.