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Akademie für Alte Müsik Berlin (baroque ensemble, Germany)

Akademie fur Alte Musik Berlin

Celebrating its twenty-fifth anniversary in 2007, the success story of the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin is unique. Founded back in 1982 as an alternative to the state sponsored music institutions in East Berlin, the Akademie is today recognized as one of the world’s leading chamber orchestras. Appearing regularly in European musical centers such as Vienna, Paris, Amsterdam, Zurich, London, and Brussels, the ensemble has also toured Asia as well as both North and South America. In April 2008 the orchestra was on tour in the USA and Canada. The last station was Zankell Hall at Carnegie in New York.
The Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin has also had its own regular concert series at the Konzerthaus am Gendarmenmarkt in Berlin since 1984, and since 1994 has been a regular guest at the Staatsoper Unter den Linden in Berlin as well as at the Innsbrucker Festwochen für Alte Musik. The orchestra has worked closely together with prominent musical directors such as René Jacobs, Marcus Creed and Daniel Reuss, with leading choirs including the RIAS Kammerchor and the Vocal Consort Berlin, as well as with the countertenor Andreas Scholl, the soprano Cecilia Bartoli, and the choreograph Sasha Waltz. One of the recent highlights of the Akademie has been its successful production of Purcell's Dido & Aeneas. Co-produced with the dance company Sasha Waltz & Guests, the opera has received invítations to numerous cities, including Amsterdam, London, and Brussels, and has been performed regularly at the Staatsoper Berlin. Further, together with the grand opening of Radialsystem V in Berlin in September 2006 the ensemble has begun to break new ground in shaping the future of the arts. This has been seen in the critically acclaimed and celebrated production of Medea in 2007, with choreography by Sasha Waltz to Pascal Dusapin’s opera ‘Medeamaterial’. The orchestra has also forged new paths with its own choreographed concert ‘4 Elements- 4 Seasons’, further establishing the Akademie as a creative and innovative ensemble on stage.
The sale of over one million recordings worldwide has also helped in securing the ensemble’s international reputation. Since signing an exclusive recording contract with harmonia mundi france in 1994, the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin has received numerous awards, including the Grammy Award, the Diapason d’Or, the Cannes Classical Award, the Gramophone Award and the Edison Award. The Akademie was also presented the Telemann Prize in Magdeburg in 2006.

More information can be found online at www.altemusikberlin.de

 

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