AKADEMIE FÜR ALTE MUSIK BERLIN
Founded in Berlin in 1982 and recognized today as one of the world's leading chamber orchestras, the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, or Akamus, enjoys an unprecedented history of success. The ensemble, which performs regularly in Europe's leading musical centers, has toured Asia, North America, and South America. In 2012 and 2013 Akamus will be playing concerts and operas in various European countries, as well as in Japan. In March and April 2014, Akamus will return to the United States for its fourth North American tour, performing in New York’s Carnegie Hall, Los Angeles’s Disney Hall, the Library of Congress in Washington, DC, as well as venues in Ann Arbor, Kansas City, Boston and Berkeley.
Ever since the reopening of the Berlin Konzerthaus in 1984, the ensemble has enjoyed its own concert series in Germany’s capital, and since 1994 has been a regular guest at the Berlin Staatsoper Unter den Linden and at the Innsbruck Festival of Early Music. Starting with the 2012-13 season, Akamus will also have its own concert series at Munich’s Prinzregententheater. Akamus performs approximately 100 concerts each year, ranging from small chamber works to large-scale symphonic pieces, and performs under the artistic leadership of its concertmasters Midori Seiler, Stephan Mai, Bernhard Forck, and Georg Kallweit.
Numerous guest conductors and soloists have also worked with the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin. For over 25 years the partnership with the Belgian countertenor and conductor René Jacobs has produced many celebrated opera and oratorio productions. Most recent of these is the release of the recording of Mozart’s opera Magic Flute, which the BBC has hailed as “spine tingling”: “Jacobs is all about excitement and making the most of orchestral detail: the breakneck overture only manages to stay on the rails thanks to stunning playing from the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin.” The ensemble has also worked with the conductors Marcus Creed, Daniel Reuss, Peter Dijkstra, and Hans-Christoph Rademann, who currently leads the RIAS Kammerchor, as well as with Andreas Scholl, Sandrine Piau and Bejun Mehta. Moreover, Akamus has extended its artistic boundaries to work together with the modern dance company Sasha Waltz & Guests for innovative productions of Henry Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas and Medea (music: Pascal Dusapin). And, with its visually dramatic performance of 4 Elements - 4 Seasons, a “staged concert,” Akamus has demonstrated yet again its international reputation for being a creative and innovative ensemble.
The international success of the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin is highlighted by well over a million recordings sold to the public. Recording exclusively for harmonia mundi France since 1994, the ensemble’s CDs have earned many international prizes, including the GRAMMY® Award, the Diapason d'Or, the Cannes Classical Award, the Gramophone Award and the Edison Award. For its DVD production of Purcell's opera Dido and Aeneas with Sasha Waltz & Guests, Akamus received the German Record Critics’ Award in 2009. For its recording of Telemann's Brockespassion, the ensemble was awarded the MIDEM Classical Award 2010 and the Choc de l’Année. In 2011 the recording of Mozart’s Magic Flute was honored with the German Record Critics' Award. The CD Friedrich der Grosse. Music from the Berlin Court has been awarded with the Diapason d’Or in 2012. The orchestra's recording of Handel’s Agrippina was nominated for 2013 GRAMMY® Award for Best Opera. On March 12, 2013, Akamus will release Pergolesi’s Septem verba a Christo), featuring the soloists Sophie Karthäuser, Christophe Dumaux, Julien Behr, and Konstantin Wolff.