The mission of Camerata New York is to promote the most talented young musicians in New York, to present the great works from the baroque to contemporary in concerts on the highest level for the New York community and to cultivate a new generation of classical music enthusiasts.
Camerata New York was founded in 1999 in Vienna, Austria. In its opening season, the ensemble immediately garnered critical acclaim. The leading Vienna newspaper, the Wiener Zeitung proclaimed: “It’s unbelievable how good they are.”
Now in its fifteenth season after re-establishing in New York, the orchestra has had successful concerts in Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, St. Paul’s Chapel, Merkin Hall and St. Patrick’s Cathedral, among others. Critics have hailed Camerata New York’s “lustrous tone-quality” and “near-definitive” performances and they have been featured in the New York Times, Newsday, the Huffington Post, Opera News and Forbes. With a current release on Albany Records, Camerata New York’s acclaimed recordings have been aired on three continents including on New York’s WQXR (classical radio station of The New York Times), WMNR and and SiriusXM.
With a flexible ensemble of up to 50 players, performances have included collaborations with some of the finest artists and organizations including Alvin Ailey, Friends of the Arts, Hamptons Music Festival, soprano Aprile Millo, cellist Nathaniel Rosen and film star Alec Baldwin. Notable supporters include the Florence Gould Foundation, the Greenfield Foundation, Musicians’ Emergency Fund, Bain Capital Children’s Charity Fund, the Bagby Foundation, the NY Community Trust and the Lissner Charitable Fund.
In 2015-16, Camerata New York had one of its most successful seasons to date celebrating a wide breadth of repertoire in concerts, oratorio and opera. Highlights included Jenkins’ Armed Man – A Mass for Peace (in honor of the Pope’s visit to the U.S.), Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors and Beethoven’s Christ on the Mount of Olives at St. Patrick’s Cathedral.
This season, we are proud to be performing several concerts at the beautiful and historic St. Jean Baptiste Church in NYC where Camerata has become the ensemble in residence. We continue providing a wide variety of music including Orff’s exceptional Carmina Burana with the NYC Master Chorale, a Spring Opera Gala and return performances at the Kosciuszko Foundation and Merkin Hall (in collaboration with the Leschetizky Foundation).
Leadership of the Camerata New York
Board of Trustees
Richard Owen, Jr.
G. Warren Whitaker
Robert M. Gewald
Maestro David Gilbert
Fr. John Kamas SS
Maestro R. Nierenberg
Judge Richard Owen (in memoriam)
Michael J. A. Smith
In response to recent reductions in music education in New York, Camerata New York now provides school children free admission to special concerts and rehearsals as well as outreach programming.
WQXR Broadcast Response to the WQXR airing of Camerata NY’s live CD performance with Nathaniel Rosen of Saint-Saens’ 1st Cello concerto on the Nimet at Night broadcast by Nimet Habachy (WQXR announcer):
“Camerata New York is a great little company! What you are doing/have done is fantastic. May you go a long way! What a gorgeous recording!”
Young Artists Program
It is also the aim of Camerata New York to ensure the future vitality of music by exposing and involving youth in its productions as soloists, composers, dancers, painters and visual artists. As part of its “Young Artists Program,” Camerata New York regularly presents talented young artists in concerts.