The insatiable appetite for the unknown and the mutual joy of making music motivated Jürgen Bruns and a group of young Berlin musicians to create the KAMMERSYMPHONIE BERLIN in 1991. The group quickly established themselves as one of Germany's prominent chamber orchestras, earning praise for their innovative programming and their thrilling performances.
Under artistic director Jürgen Bruns, the orchestra has sought out exemplary yet rarely performed orchestra music alongside the classic canon. Their focus is on the classic modern era, with an emphasis on composers of the first half of the 20th century persecuted by the National Socialists.
The Kammersymphonie Berlin is very much an orchestra of the city of Berlin: the musicians all additionally perform in major opera houses and symphonic orchestras as well as for independent projects in the city. The orchestra's programming reflects the great Berlin traditions of tolerance and diversity.
"Jürgen Bruns and his outstandingly disposed ensemble showed an exact knowledge of style." BERLINER MORGENPOST
Over the previous years, the orchestra has worked with numerous composers, such as Alfred Schnittke, Jean Françaix, Nina Senk, Detlev Glanert and Marko Mihevc. They first performed works by Franz Schreker, Alexander Glasunow and Darius Milhaud in Germany.
The orchestra has accompanied theatre productions (Peter Zadek et al.) as well as dance productions (e.g. with Gregor Seyffert) and featured literature readings in concert (e. g. with Corinna Harfouch, Dieter Mann or Eberhard Esche). The music festival "Polen im Herzen" and the concert series "Trio Europa" are evidence of the innovative and creative potential of the ensemble.
"Kammersymphonie with the courage to present an unusual repertoire with artistic contribution." BERLINER ZEITUNG
"Have ideas...Kammersymphonie score in their anniversary concert with inventive program design...inward intensity, as interspersed by gold thread." DER TAGESSPIEGEL
"Colorful effects, surprising developments, simply great music, especially when being played as ingeniously and dazzlingly as by the Kammersymphonie Berlin." FRANKFURTER ALLGEMEINE ZEITUNG
The ensemble is revered for its flexibility and proficiency in all genres and is frequently called upon to accompany prominent choirs of Berlin and Hamburg. Also, members of the ensemble are frequently invited to collaborate on crossover projects, such as recording the soundtrack to the film "Northcap" or the CD "Rein Alexander-Bariton" released by Sony Norway.
The KAMMERSYMPHONIE BERLIN is a regular guest at national and international festivals: Dresdener Musikfestspiele, Kurt-Weill-Fest Dessau, Festival Mitte Europa, Usedomer Musikfestival, Rheingau Musikfestival, Musikfestspiele in Ravello (Italy), Festival International de Musique de Sion-Valais (Switzerland), Carinthischer Sommer (Austria), Internationales Musikfestival Side (Turkey) et al.
"Berlin's well-matched Kammersymphonie and conductor Jürgen Bruns opened the concert in pretty Heringsdorf's unprepossessing Kursaal with a brisk yet well- structured account of Mendelssohn's "Hebrides" overture." THE FINANCIAL TIMES
The extensive discography of the Kammersymphonie Berlin (Deutsche Grammophon, EDA, Capriccio, Sony) comprises many world-premiere recordings, including Franz Schreker ("Der Geburtstag der Infantin"), Bertholt Goldschmidt, Ernst Toch, Roberto Gerhard, Alexandre Tansman, Gerhard Frommel and many others. Their latest CD projects are dedicated to Ernst Toch (Crystal Classics) and Polish violin concertos (Naxos).
The orchestra is frequently heard on television and radio, as documented by regular radio live broadcasts and recordings (e.g. Deutschlandradio Kultur), as well as by film music recordings by the orchestra.
"On their debut CD, the Kammersymphonie Berlin under their artistic director Jürgen Bruns prove themselves a committed and accurately performing ensemble one will definitely hear more about." NEUE ZEITSCHRIFT FÜR MUSIK