The Kammerakademie Potsdam celebrated its 20th anniversary in the 21/22 season. 20 years in which the orchestra of the state capital of Brandenburg and resident orchestra of the Nikolaisaal has earned a reputation far beyond the city limits. Electrifying musical experiences are the trademark of the dynamic orchestra, which passionately discovers hidden corners of the classical music repertoire.
Numerous concert series for all age groups in Potsdam and Brandenburg, guest performances throughout Europe, award-winning CD recordings and Brandenburg’s first Orchestra Academy, founded in 2018, bear witness to the orchestra’s success and innovative spirit. Antonello Manacorda has been principal conductor and artistic director of the KAP since the 2010/11 season.
In the 2022/23 season, the orchestra is looking forward to working with the gifted horn player, virtuoso harpsichordist, charismatic conductor and accomplished musicologist Václav Luks as artist in residence. The KAP also welcomes many internationally sought-after soloists, including Elena Bashkirova, Gábor Boldoczki, Jan Lisiecki, Sabine Meyer and Anna Prohaska – our Artist in Residence last season. Successful conductors such as Michael Sanderling, Bernard Labadie, Justin Doyle and Holly Hyun Choe are on the podium. In addition, the orchestra is strengthening its sustainability transformation efforts this season through a collaboration with the Research Institute for Sustainability RIFS Potsdam.
As a cultural ambassador for Potsdam and Brandenburg, the KAP makes guest appearances at major concert halls and well-known festivals, including the Philharmonie Berlin, the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, the Isarphilharmonie Munich, the Philharmonie Cologne, the Koningin Elisabethzaal Antwerp and the Heidelberger Frühling.
The Potsdam Winter Opera, a highlight of the Potsdam calendar of events in the unique ambience of the Schlosstheater in the Neues Palais Potsdam, is this year’s opera buffa »Il matrimonio segreto« (»The Secret Marriage«) by Domenico Cimarosa. Attilio Cremonesi has been engaged as musical director. Adriana Altaras will direct the production.
In order to give everyone access to music, the orchestra offers a wide range of formats, from interactive family concerts to the KiKoKAP video series and participation programmes for day-care centres. With the model project »Musik schafft Perspektive« (»Music Creates Perspectives«), which was awarded the federal culture ministry’s special prize »Kultur öffnet Welten« (Culture Opens Up Worlds) in 2017, the KAP sustainably anchors cultural education, participation and equal opportunities in the Potsdam-Drewitz district.