The Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin celebrates its 35th anniversary in 2017. Founded on the fringes of the reigning cultural model in East Berlin in 1982, the Akademie has now achieved recognition as one of the world’s finest chamber orchestras. The ensemble is a regular guest in the leading musical centres of Europe such as Vienna, Paris, Amsterdam, Zurich, London, and Brussels. Its tours have now taken it virtually all over the world. Ever since the reopening of the house in 1984, the ensemble has organised its own concert series at the Konzerthaus am Gendarmenmarkt in Berlin. Since 1994 it has appeared regularly at the city’s Staatsoper Unter den Linden and at the Innsbruck Festival.
The ensemble enjoys an intensive artistic collaboration with the conductors René Jacobs, Marcus Creed and Daniel Reuss, the RIAS Kammerchor, Vocalconsort Berlin, and the choreographer Sasha Waltz. The Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin has recorded exclusively for harmonia mundi France since 1994. Its albums have won many international prizes, notably the Diapason d’Or, Cannes Classical Award, Gramophone Award, and Edison Award. In 2006 the Akademie was awarded the Telemann-Preis of the City of Magdeburg.
Header image: © Kristof Fischer 2010 for harmonia mundi