Theater and Concerts
The artists and musicians who participated in this year’s “Festival of Culture” received great applause and enthusiasm. The festival took place in March and June and was organized for the third time by the Camerata Europaea. Using the motto “Metamorphoses”, a diverse program was offered with many highlights for each music taste and age group. more
Municipality of Innsbruck
Mayor Mag.a Christine Oppitz-Plörer, October 2017
FOREWORD by Mayor Mag.a Christine Oppitz-Plörer for the Festival of Culture
A glance on the annual event calendar shows the great importance of art and culture in our city. Innsbruck is known for its rich traditions and its cultural life far beyond regional borders. However, it is fundamental for art to constantly develop and find new, different and unique ways of expression. It is this courage to embrace new ideas, which defines the Festival of Culture of the Camerata Europaea (CE) and the Camerata Innsbruck (CINNS). Tradition and innovation fuse with each other the same way as different forms of art and performance are combined to an exciting experience. more
Susannah Haas, Oktober 31, 2016
Can the Arts loosen Europe's borders?
[...] After all, one of the essential parts of the festival was „The Soldier's Tale“ by Igor Strawinsky. The soldier exchanges his gun for a fiddle - just to lose it to the devil a short time after. […] If we exchange the violin for a magic book, thus if we exchange art for power or meaning for purpose, we won’t get it back. The images of Strawinsky’s play are archaic. They come from a time before there existed something such as national identities. The message is universal. The soldier goes to hell, to violence and alienation. This is what happens if we give up on arts. Maybe, the festival “Borderless” wants to warn us about that. If so, the function of culture is defined anew, it is getting existentially. more
FREIRAD - Free Radio Innsbruck
Ramona Pohn, May 21, 2015
From Sharks, art, and Schumann
The concert of the ensemble Camerata Innsbruck CINNS on May 17th offered a unique interplay between different artfoms. Musical performances, innovative media – in form of video projections –, and theater performances merged. In musical, literary, and visual form the participants approached the current problematic of outracism and being different, but also the hope of something shared. (…) ‘Je suis Europe’ – organized on the occasion of Europe Day. more
Capital City Innsbruck
Mayoress Mag.a Christine Oppitz - Plörer, May 11, 2014
Greeting message for the concert 'Trio of Europe'
'Camerata Innsbruck CINNS wishes to make a cultural contribution to the vitality of modern city life where traditions coexist and bestow the lustre of a contemporary musical guise on the city of Innsbruck' – who could describe this better than the orchestra ensemble Camerata Innsbruck itself. Camerata Innsbruck aims the European values and culture to stand out on the occasion of Europe Day on 9 May. On this particular day every citizen should remember the importance of the European Union and its values. With its music Camerata Innsbruck encourages to a cultural as well as a musical approach between the EU Member States. The European motto 'Unity instead of diversity' is easily transportable through the music channel, and this is reflected especially in the concert 'Trio of Europe'. more
Manfred Hassl, Mai 27, 2013
Camerata Innsbruck enraptures audience
They were treated to a stimulating programme of works that included E.TEMEN.AN.KI (Sumerian: temple of the foundation of heaven and earth) by the winner of the composer's award Manuela Kerer, as well as Beethoven's stirring 7th Symphony. The highly expressive and convincing performance by the young soloists Ute Hallinger (piano) and Valerie Gahl (violin) of Chorika - the Greek inspiration of composer Periklis Koukos -, was exceptionally well-received. The ensemble's chief conductor Maria Makraki described a sweeping arc and the energy of her Greek temperament immediately transformed the group of musicians into an homogeneous orchestra that exploited the musical diversity to the full, conveying finest dynamics, contrasts, tension build-ups and increases with superb clarity. more
Armin Berger, Mai 23, 2013
Europe in accord
Innsbruck - Tyrol has a new chamber orchestra: the Camerata Innsbruck. The orchestra's aim is the communication of the rich variety of European music in a concert programme that is combination of traditional and contemporary works. Sunday saw the premier in the Stadtsaal with the orchestra's chief conductor Maria Makraki. The orchestra is a member of the Camerata Europaea, an alliance that strives to promote cultural rapprochement and European coalescence. After Berlin and Athens, Innsbruck is now the third destination in the European Union to establish its own orchestra. The full potential of the orchestra's brilliance became apparent after the interval with L. v. Beethoven's 7th Symphony. We look forward to hearing the new European works of the future. more
Manfred Hassl, January 4, 2012
Young musicians 'conjure up' the multifaceted sound of Christmas
In two Christmas concerts in the Baroque town hall of Hall in Tirol, Austria and in the Emperor Leopold Hall in Innsbruck, the Camerata Europaea won over the audience with its eclectic and versatile repertoire, the professional ability of its young musicians and the expressive and dynamic performance of its conductor Maria Makraki. The colorful program of music, ranging from tragedy to Italian facility, provided the sizeable audience with an understanding of works by Periklis, Koukos, Berthold Hummel, Giovanni Battista Pescetti, André Chini, Hugo Wolf and Ottorino Respighi. more
Stella Tziva, November 16, 2011
Camerata Europaea – a highly motivated and steadily growing orchestra
In the summer season of 2011, the Athens cultural centre About ran a conducting course under the leadership of the artistic director of the Camerata Europaea, Maria Makraki. During the seminar event, which will be repeated in Greece in 2012, Maria Makraki spoke to Stella Tziva about the course, the Camerata Europaea and the current situation in Greece.
C. N.: Could you tell us something about the profile, activities and aims of the Camerata Europaea?
M.M.: The Camerata Europaea is a musical ensemble, which was founded in 2007 and is made up of outstanding musicians from different member states of the European Union. Their concerts are aimed at introducing a wider audience to works by contemporary European composers. The idea behind concert series such as Music Plus, Spiritual Europe, Polyphonic Europe and Trio Europe is to develop representative programmes that bridge European countries whilst combining the traditional with the modern and the familiar with the unfamiliar, in this way awakening the interest of the audience for the richness of contemporary European culture.
C. N.: You have directed orchestras in Great Britain, Germany, Switzerland, Poland, Rumania, Greece and in Ukraine. What is the nature of the relationship between the conductor and the orchestra musicians? Is successful collaboration only possible if the ‘chemistry’ between the conductor and the orchestra is right?
M.M.: Of course, the ‘chemistry’ is a decisive factor, but that is something that is created over time. A conductor needs to be knowledgeable, skilled and an organisational talent, as well as have a personality capable of exerting a positive psychological influence on the working environment. more
Antje Rößler, March 2, 2011
Old guard calls the tune – interview with the conductor Maria Makraki
- Why do you think there are so few female conductors?
That’s slowly changing. You can now find women who are studying conducting at all levels.
- Have you experienced discrimination personally?
No, not really. Of course, you always have to convince people of your abilities. The first minutes are always crucial, but after that a person’s gender is no longer relevant. There will always be conservative orchestras and conservative musicians. But conducting is about communicating a concept, and women do that equally as well as men. As in any other profession, a conductor can have a great deal of assertiveness, charisma, musicality and authority.
- In this respect, does it make a difference whether you are standing in front of your own orchestra or an unfamiliar one?
Yes, there is a different. With your own orchestra you feel more liberated, more able to experiment and test, even cross boundaries. A pleasant but powerful musical atmosphere can be conveyed to the musicians to create a special – sometime even bombastic – tone-entity.
- What is your personal strategy for asserting yourself in male dominated hierarchies?
I don’t think about my gender. I always find the challenge lies in the tonal concept and interpretation of a composition, that this is accepted and then taken up by the musicians. more
Meike Mieke, Juni 1, 2010
In the slipstream of the subject
The Camerata Europaea conducted by Maria Makraki presented exciting works by contemporary European composers. A concept that is as simple as it is convincing brought a breath of fresh air to the concert hall: since November 2008 the Camerata Europaea has been presenting orchestral works by composers from three European countries in its “Trio Europa” series.It is due to the amazing dedication of Maria Makraki that young composers such as Serghi, Gianetta and Colasanti, or famous state composers like Periklis Koukos can be regularly heard in the German capital. Every Trio-Europa concert is preceded by regular contact with the cultural representatives of European countries in Berlin, the study of numerous scores and—not least—the acquisition of funds for the project orchestra Camerata Europaea, which is publicly funded. The ensemble’s brilliance and power of persuasion is the result of the professional attitude of its members and their delight in new compositions. The members of the Camerata Europaea have the potential required to form a European orchestra. more
Nikolas Dunber, May 28, 2010
Gala concert in the Berlin Philharmonie marks the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the Republic of Cyprus
The work moments of a Face comprises two major suites and five songs. The impressive programme is a manifestation of the artist’s intense exploration of Cypriot folk music, the music of ancient Greece, Byzantine music, as well as of the music of western civilisation from the Baroque to the present day. Participating musicians were the famous Greek soprano Sonia Theodoridou, Yiorgos Kaloudis (Cretan lyre, percussion), Linos Ioannidis (lyric poetry) and Alkinoos Ioannidis (vocals, lute, guitar, contrabass flute, percussion). Further participants in the concert were the Berlin Orchestra Camerata Europaea and the Ernst-Senff Choir (production Steffen Schubert). The skilful incorporation in the orchestral ensemble of the soloists, especially Yiorgos Kaloudis´ interpretation of the cello, lute and Cretan lyre was accomplished under the dynamic directorship of Maria Makraki. more
Meike Mieke, May 4, 2010
On April 30, 2010 the celebrated Cypriot singer-songwriter Alkinoos Ioannidis gave an astounding concert for choir, orchestra and four soloists in the Chamber Music Hall of the Berlin Philharmonie. The performance comprised works for choir and orchestra entitled moments of a Face about aspects and moments in the lives or deaths of specific individuals. Once again, the orchestra ensemble Camerata Europaea under the supreme leadership of Maria Makraki, demonstrated its skill and delicacy of feeling in the realisation of this type of concert of music from different European countries. It skilfully took the tact and rhythmic diversity of the Mediterranean-like drama Athyr in its stride. It set precise accents, enthralled the audience with crystal clear tones and a strong woodwind section. The ensemble had no trouble in mastering the Dauer der unerwarteten Zeit, a definite contrast to the rest of the programme. At the end, it accompanied five songs written and orchestrated by Alkinoos Ioannidis, a well as the rap Patrida, sparingly accompanied by string pizzicatos. 1200 Berlin citizens attended the concert, expressing their gratitude to the Cypriot state representatives with fervent applause. more
The Embassy Network of the Slovak Institute Berlin
Martin Sarvaš, April 28, 2009
The music of Slovakia in Berlin’s distinguished Konzerthaus
The music of Slovakia in Berlin’s distinguished Konzerthaus Peter Machajdik, the most frequently played Slovak composer in the German-speaking world, was himself present when the avant-garde orchestra Camerata Europaea presented two of the composer’s own works in Berlin’s distinguished Konzerthaus. Under the charismatic Greek conductor Maria Makraki the orchestra not only performed masterfully Machajdik’s music in its "Rhythm & Strings" concert series, but also works by contemporary Cypriot and Greek composers. more
Meike Mieke, February 1, 2009
A journey of discovery in the concert hall - "Rhythm & Strings" with the Camerata Europaea on November 30, 2008 in the Berlin Concert Hall
Rhythm & Strings is the first of the "Trio Europa" series of regular concerts with which the ensemble wishes to draw attention to contemporary classical music from each of three European countries. "Europe" in the ensemble's name symbolises the artistic intention of the Camerata Europaea. The tonal skills of the ensemble were equally as compelling: subtly playful in the Drepani, almost eerily exact the dots in the tangos, with just the right amount of melodiousness, brilliantly prepared for the bassoonist in the demanding Concertino, open for the unexpected in the interpretation of Clotho, the myth of Clotho (the 'spinner') the Greek goddess of destiny who spun the threads of life. Maria Makraki led the ensemble lightly and naturally through rhythmically challenging passages. She gripped the ensemble with her strong charisma, infusing it with her attentiveness and energy. Communication between the conductor and the musicians appeared amiable, as if they were sharing the common pleasures derived from this novel and varied journey of discovery through Europe. We are looking forward to continuing this series! more
Matthias Müller, December 19, 2008
Concert: Accented Harmony
Fine Cello Quartets with the CAMERATA EUROPÆA in the Kulturhaus Am Alten Markt
POTSDAM / CITY CENTRE - The CAMERATA EUROPÆA invited into the Kulturhaus Am Alten Markt on Wednesday evening to put the violoncello in the quartet into the musical focus. The four soloists are comprised of Europeans. The opening piece, the counterpoint No. 1 from Johann Sebastian Bach's "The Art of the Fugue" was not intended for any special instrument. With the four cellos, the stern lines of Bach's composition became clear easily. Henry Purcell, the Englishman who only lived to be 36 years old, is justly called the English Bach. With these members of the quartet, his "Pavane" and "Chaconne" found a significant and superb sound message as well. The contemporary composers who set the concert, the Swiss Daniel Kreder and the two Americans Carole Rabinowitz and Shirl Jae Atwell, are joined in Kreder's avowal to the compositional structure, form, and tonality. No experimental modernity, but rhythmical and heavily accented harmony both in Kreder's compositions "Commitment" and his second cello quartet and in Rabinowitz' "Suite Hispaniola" and Atwell's short quartet. The pilgrim's choir from Richard Wagner's opera "Lohengrin" and "Solveig's Song" of the Peer Gynt Suite from Edvard Grieg brought those four to a similarly beautiful reproduction as both of the final pieces of the Finn rock band "Apocalyptica". more
Potsdamer Neueste Nachrichten
Gerold Paul, June 30, 2008
Russian cultural feast by Alexandrowka
Above all, it soon became clear at the evening concert with works of Dunajewski, Schostakowitsch, Petrov, Schnittke, and Chatschaturjan that their film music can even be heard in a concertante version. For this purpose, a part of the members of the CAMERATA EUROPÆA got together with the Potsdamer Turmbläser, and look, the rain-wet chairs were gradually filled with applauding guests after the cloudburst. An invigorating open-air concert! more
Adelheid Krause-Pichler, April 2, 2008
A Vivid Cultural Forum
A Number of Concerts with Chamber Music at the Löwenpalais
The series of "Löwenmusiken" that – organized by the concert management of Berlin – presents exquisite chamber music evenings in the grand salon, started this year with a concert of the cello quartet of the CAMERATA EUROPÆA. Such an extremely well-cast Ensemble was a prestigious start in the number of concerts with chamber music in the "Löwenpalais". The musicians played with brilliance and homogeneous, even if stylistic interpretations, especially in the dealing with the old masters, might have come as a surprise to the audience. The introduction to the works and their composers was given by the musicians in rotation. A laudable organization whom one had wished more audience after the debut concert and whose demands apply high standards. more
Wolfgang Fuhrmann, December 5, 2007
Europe starts in Brazil
The CAMERATA EUROPÆA at the chamber music hall of the Berlin Philharmonic with Villa-Lobos and Guarnieri
Villa Lobos and Guarnieri proceeded from their studies of Brazilian folk music - not in the way of Carnival-of-Rio folklore, but as an inspiration for a constructive method - as Bartók absorbed Hungarian, and Stravinsky assimilated Russian folklore. This constructiveness was clearly comprehensible in the interpretation of the CAMERATA EUROPÆA, conducted by the young Greek conductor Maria Makraki. Above all, the evening offered the opportunity to experience the CAMERATA EUROPÆA (CE), established in 2007, on a large scale for the first time. more
The Embassy Network "DasCorps"
Monika Zwick, January 30, 2007
A different kind of Art in Berlin - Greek sounds in the Atrium of the Deutsche Bank
The special knowledge of the ensemble of the Greek art music made the Greek Dances of Nikos Skalkottas and the Suite Concertante of Periklis Koukos an enjoyable entertainment. The artists joy and enthusiasm were spread over the audience. The standing ovation with the numerous requests for a recording or a repetition of the concert confirmed the success of the evening. more