Camerata Nordica - Sweden’s leading international camerata ensemble - is made up of between 15 and 20 players who are the cream of musicians from the Nordic countries and other parts of the world. They come together to work intensively and present concerts in fabulous venues in eastern Sweden and other parts of the world.
It was founded in 1974 and is based in the beautiful county of Kalmar, on the Baltic Coast- the “Kingdom of Crystal”- an area famed for its beautiful glassware. Its Music Director is Terje Tønnessen, the distinguished Norwegian violinist who is also Artistic Director of the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra.
A distinguishing feature of the Camerata is their policy of performing together without conductor and standing in a compact concentrated group. Their close rapport and seriousness of purpose communicates directly to audiences who are spellbound and drawn into the intensity of the players’ commitment.
Following a period of intensive rehearsal, each programme is performed five or six times in the beautiful churches and castles which are dotted around the coastline of this part of Sweden. In addition, the orchestra tours regularly in other parts of Sweden and Scandinavia and internationally, including visits to many European countries, South America and the USA in which it has toured eight times. In 2013 Camerata Nordica performed at the BBC Proms in London and gave the world premiere to Britten's Elegy for strings.
It is very active in Sweden’s cultural life and performs regularly for both Radio and TV.
Read about the players of the Camerata HERE