About Camerata Notturna
Founded in the fall of 2006, the Camerata Notturna is a chamber orchestra comprised of an accomplished and eclectic mix of amateur and professional musicians. Among the professional members' diverse experiences are solo appearances with the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Baden-Baden Philharmonic, serving as concertmaster of the Curtis Symphony Orchestra, the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, and the Yale Philharmonia, and performances and recordings with artists such as Jay-Z, Kanye West, Lenny Kravitz, and Sufjan Stevens. The professional members have also won top prizes in international competitions such as Irving M. Klein, Concert Artists Guild, and Fischoff; serve on the faculties of the Yellow Barn Music Festival, the Bloomingdale School of Music, the Kinhaven Music School, and the Opus 118 Harlem Violin Program; and have performed as members of the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Symphonica Toscanini, the BBC Scottish Symphony, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, the Hong Kong Philharmonic, and the Berlin Philharmonic. The Camerata Notturna also welcomes as guest members leading professional musicians, including members of the Cleveland Orchestra, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and the Daedalus and Johannes String Quartets.
The amateur members boast a wide range of musical accomplishments as well, having appeared as soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Tchaikovsky Chamber Orchestra, the Jupiter Symphony, the Juilliard Pre-College Symphony, the Brandywine Ballet, the Harvard Bach and Mozart Society Orchestras, the Musica Bella Orchestra, and the symphony orchestras of Allentown, Oregon, Reading (PA), and Willamette Falls. They have also won prizes in national and international competitions, including NFAA ARTS, Seventeen Magazine-General Motors, and Koussevitsky, and have served as concertmaster or as section leader of the Jupiter Symphony, the Juilliard Pre-College Orchestra and Symphony, the World Youth Symphony at Interlochen, and the university orchestras of Amherst, Columbia, Cornell, Harvard, Oxford, Princeton, and Yale. Furthermore, they enjoy success in such diverse fields as academia, arts administration, consulting, finance, law, medicine, and software, with organizations such as Accenture, Calvin Klein, Carnegie Hall, Citigroup, Coach, Columbia University Medical Center, Fordham University, Lehman Brothers, Lincoln Center, and Rockefeller University.
Their shared bond is their commitment to music and their impassioned zeal for the chamber orchestra repertoire -- both traditional and contemporary. In its short history, the Camerata Notturna has already performed or committed to perform premieres of works by Kurt Atterberg, Dan Coleman, Chen Yi, Chester Biscardi, Huang Ruo, Adam Silverman, Augusta Read Thomas, and Dalit Warshaw. Among the many eminent artists the group has collaborated or is scheduled to perform with are the pianist Gilbert Kalish, cellist Colin Carr, clarinetist Anthony McGill, violinist Stefan Jackiw, and members of the Silk Road Ensemble.