CAMERATA EUROPÆA (CE)
Who is the CAMERATA EUROPÆA (CE) and what is the idea behind it?
All values European, traditional and modern, that is what Camerata Europaea (CE), a cultural organization and orchestral association, stands for! This cultural organization lives and works within a tight network of numerous European countries. CE is already familiar with the music and art of such cultural countries as Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Italy, Romania, Greece, and Cyprus, with which it is linked by a transparent network. The organization's firm belief in a culturally united Europe is an integral part of both its structure and its commitment. The CE speaks the universal language of music and art culture as it moves caravan-like through the European art landscape, seizing on traditional and modern works on its passage. CE promotes the musical and cultural rapprochement of the EU states through its mobility and unbiased approach to all European nations. The CE organization creates a forum for vibrant encounters with the culture of the European states. This not only means fostering the traditional canon of works for chamber orchestras, but above all, the discovery and promotion of contemporary European music and visual arts. Since its formation, the CE organization has grown continuously and, due to the development of specific regional languages and different schools and methods over the course of centuries, can now draw on a rich and extensive repertoire. The result is great and impressive variety that does not in the slightest diminish the homogeneous European music and art culture upon which it is founded. 'Unity in diversity', in no other domain can this European motto be so clearly observed and understood than in classical music and art culture. It is this unity in diversity that CE wishes to perform, celebrate, and palpably convey to the senses of its audience. Besides, there is always so much to learn and rediscover in the fantastic world of European cultural treasures. A music and art culture that is well known in one country, may be known only to experts in another. Camerata Europaea creates cultural exchange, giving European unity greater intensity.
Which musicians are involved in the CE and who are its cooperation partners?
A group of celebrated musicians and artists from numerous European states who live in Berlin, Athens or Innsbruck provide the CE association with a base framework. But the international musical and artistic dialogue also involves numerous partners that actively participate in its annual mobile artistic series. These currently include Romania, Italy, France, Portugal, Cyprus and Slovakia. The extensive and dynamic pool of artists is regularly joined by soloists, composers, conductors, artists and young musicians from all over Europe. As the cultural ambassadors of their countries, they personify the cross-border mobility of artists and musical works. Camerata Europaea exists purely on interchange and the inspirational exchange of cultures. The very essence of the CE is determined by the close communication, cooperation and exchange with outstanding musicians, composers, musicologists, artists and cultural organisations, as well as with political unions. It is this alone that allows the CE to stand on such a firm base that it can incorporate trends, zeitgeist and new developments into its current programme.
How does the CE bring the European Union cultural themes to life, and which artistic series does it communicate?
The CE organization is firmly committed to the issues addressed by the 2014-2020 European Agenda for Culture, which draws inspiration from a sustainable intercultural dialogue and actively promotes the cross-border dissemination of artistic works. Its great strength and basis, from which multitudes of artists benefit, lies in the dynamic and parallel growth of a European network. In an endeavour to give the widely phrased European slogan 'Unity in diversity' a musical and artistic profile, the CE association has developed nine artistic series. These give sound to and manifest themselves in the different regional traditions, while at the same time calling attention to a common European heritage. The musical context is also the meeting place of the visual arts such as painting, dance, photography, installation and other European art medias. It provides the opportunity to address such issues as European politics and festive days, the youth promotion, women's dialogue, as well as religion, history and mysticism. CE therefore creates lots of zones for varied audiences to meet and engage in dialogue. The artistic series represent points of connectivity, platforms and interfaces, in which members and partners of the CE organization can meet. This structural link promotes mobility, cultural exchange, and the growth of the CE network, as well as underlining the uniqueness of CE's cultural rapprochement concept. Many of the CE artistic series involve diverse cultural and political institutions of the European Union, as well as private partners and sponsors of the CE organization and selected artists. The thematic variety inherent in the artistic series provides CE with transparent consistency, allowing it to be at home anywhere in Europe.
What do the mobile artistic series mean for CE?
For CE, the special and unique phenomenon of the artistic series is the structure of the CE organization since the conversion of all the artistic programmes into 'Mobile artistic series'. This has generated a cross-border and pan-European flow of regular programme series. The mobility of the artists, the programmes and their participation in European festivals such as the mobile festival Regain, enable the artistic series to travel actively to different European countries, effusing immense vitality and new messages by means of an interactive experience. In comparison to other organizations, CE also benefits greatly from the considerable geographic mobility of the musicians, composers, soloists, artists and their works. This allows CE to move flexibly across the vast European carpet - from Berlin through Greece, Romania and Tyrol, as far as the Black Sea in Bulgaria, and numerous other countries besides.
How does CAMERATA EUROPÆA accomplish the idea of the CE-Academy?
Nothing is possible without the next generation. Right from the start, CE decided to accept young musicians and artists into the organization and incorporate them as a fixed element of the programme. The promotion, popularity, and integration of young artists is a decisive aspect of Camerata Europaea's world. It is the refreshing concept of the CE-Academy that allows CE to set a high standard and make new artistic discoveries at artist and work levels. The CE-Academy invites young artists to participate in seminars, lectures, symposiums, workshops, and master courses, offers annual support programmes, which include residencies and a variety of projects, and awards prizes and grants. Numerous programmes are performed with mobile young artists at youth culture events. CE accommodates young people's wish for new forms of expression and attaches a great deal of importance to their regular inclusion in the artistic series. The three initiators of the CE have committed themselves to promoting the still young mobile music and art scenes, as well as to supporting young artists through journalistic means, in concerts and with education programmes.
Which network does the CE have at its disposal?
Camerata Europaea's initiators avail of an extensive, cross-border network. It has grown naturally and continuously, and already has recourse to an extensive pool of artists, musicologists, composers, soloists, and conductors, in addition to numerous others involved. This medial network is not only a valuable asset, it also serves as the foundation for an ever growing community. All those involved benefit from, and make active use of, the artistic, journalistic, and medial focus, both of individual, as well as common global understanding. The remarkable added value of this network lies in its communicative strength. The creation of an international network was only possible through the cooperation with professional partners throughout Europe and their wide range of various events. This support encourages the cross-border mobility of the artists and organizers of the CE organization, as well as ensuring the dissemination of cultural and artistic works through frequent performances by the CE ensembles.
Where do the CE ensembles perform?
The CE not only performs in the capital cities of western Europe, but it takes particular pleasure in visiting those states that hold the rotating presidency of the EU Council. Also not to be forgotten are the respective European Capitals of Culture and Cultural Heritage cities, as well as the home countries of the CE partner ensembles. The CE therefore transports the music of all European cultural traditions into the smallest corners of Europe.
What are CE's values?
Camerata Europaea stands for such values as integration and unity, solidarity and social responsibility. Thus, the unique CE organization is a symbol of our continental diversity, it epitomizes the cultural European idea at the highest possible level of culture. Developments has proved CE right: the emergence of a think tank for diverse cultural stimuli with first-class music and art projects. In addition to emphasizing the importance of European culture, contemporary music and visual arts, is also near and dear to CE. It deliberately portrays different European characters, combining them to celebrate musical and artistic diversity, demonstrate fusions, encounter traditions and discover forms of contemporary rhythm. The result is an extended understanding of European music and art culture as well as a strengthening of European identity.