Biography of Kammerorchester Basel:
Baroque, Classic and classical Modern
Principal Guest Conductor: Christopher Hogwood
Guest conductors and guest artists: Giovanni Antonini, Giuliano Carmignola, Christopher Coin, Ton Koopman, Philippe Herreweghe, Umberto Benedetti Michelangeli, Pieter Wispelwey
Basel Chamber Orchestra
The history of the Basel Chamber Orchestra goes back to 1984, when a number of young graduates from various Swiss Conservatoriums decided to form an independent ensemble together. From the very beginning the central idea was to create innovative programmes of old and contemporary music in combination with an interpretation of the highest professional level. The Basel Chamber Orchestra consciously continues a tradition begun by Paul Sacher and both his chamber orchestras (Basel Chamber Orchestra and Collegium Musicum Zürich).
In recent years the Basel Chamber Orchestra can claim considerable success. Their concerts with internationally renowned conductors and soloists such as Christopher Hogwood, Giovanni Antonini, Philippe Herreweghe, Ton Koopman, Heinz Holliger, Paul Goodwin, Guiliano Carmignola, Umberto Benedetti Michelangeli, Emma Kirkby, Robert Levin, Reinhold Friedrich, Andreas Scholl and Peter Wispelwey have been enthusiastically received by public and press alike. While the local reputation of the orchestra has grown, so too its renown in neighbouring regions: Performances include concerts in the Stadtcasino and Martinskirche in Basel which are part of the orchestra's own concert series as well as regular guest appearances all over Switzerland amongst these, the Tonhalle Zürich, the Culture and Congress Centre of Luzern as well as international engagements at important festivals as Schwetzinger Festspiele, Menuhin Festival Gstaad, Settimane musicali Ascona, Ludwigsburger Schlosskonzerte, Rheingau Festival, Schlossfestspiele Brühl a.o. The orchestra was invited by Gidon Kremer for his festival “les muséiques” in Basel in 2001 for the first time.
In 1999 the Basel Chamber Orchestra performed for the first time with conductor Christopher Hogwood. This collaboration was so productive and stimulating for both parties that Christopher Hogwood was engaged as „Principal Guest Conductor“ for the following year.
Through the partnership with the „Arte Nova“ label a collaboration has been established which unites programmes with a thematic focus as well as an emphasis on contemporary classics. The first CD produced together was a programme from 1947 in which the Basler music-patron Paul Sacher and the then Basel Chamber Orchestra premiered works by Strawinsky, Martinu and Honegger. The second CD was released in september 2002 with unknown pieces by Britten and Strawinsky. The singer Emma Kirkby performs extracts of “Rakes progress” and Shakespear-songs by Strawinsky