1980. Berlin. Friederike Latzko and Richard Duven establish the ›Kammerorchester der Jungen Deutschen Philharmonie‹ – a democratically run ensemble of music students. Over the next three years, the musicians meet up regularly to prepare concert programmes that can be offered to promoters. Four of the founding members still play in the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen: Ulrike Rüben, Hanna Nebelung, Friederike Latzko and Klaus Heidemann.
1983. New York. The Junge Deutsche Philharmonie gives a notable performance at the United Nations in New York City.
1984 / 1985. Austria. Gidon Kremer invites the orchestra to perform at the prestigious Lockenhaus Chamber Music Festival in the Burgenland region.
1987. Frankfurt am Main. Having received its first funding from the City of Frankfurt and Deutsche Bank, the orchestra is re-established as a ›Gesellschaft bürgerlichen Rechts‹ (civil law partnership). It changes its name to ›Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie‹, intended to convey the idea of a medium-sized ensemble that combines the transparent, refined sound of a chamber orchestra with the rich sound of a philharmonic orchestra. The size and line-up of the ensemble varies according to the repertoire being played: sometimes the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie works with supplementary musicians to perform as a full-size philharmonic orchestra; at others its members form a small string ensemble.
In the following years, thanks to long-term funding agreements, the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie is able to present a first series of subscription concerts in the Mozart Hall of Frankfurt’s Alte Oper, which quickly become popular with concert audiences. The young orchestra also organizes a regular programme of pre-concert introductions and workshops.
International tours and recordings follow, often featuring world-renowned soloists.
The appointment of the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie’s first Principal Guest Conductor is a key development during this phase, as the musicians originally chose to work without a head conductor – where possible, all artistic decisions are taken jointly by the members of the orchestra. Under the leadership of Mario Venzago (1988/89) and Heinrich Schiff (1990–92) the ensemble continues to develop into a highly successful orchestra. Further collaborations with specialists in historically informed performance practice such as Jaap ter Linden and Frans Brüggen, or with the likes of Sándor Végh, who performed chamber music with Pablo Casals and Wilhelm Furtwängler, also have a lasting influence on the musicians' creative approach.
1988. The Swiss conductor Mario Venzago is the first ›Permanent Guest Conductor‹. Under his direction, the Kammerphilharmonie above all delves into the works of the Second Viennese School.
1990. Members of the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie establish the Wind Soloists, a wind octet dedicated to performing chamber music. The ensemble goes on to be highly successful and wins numerous awards over the following decades.
The cellist and conductor Heinrich Schiff becomes ›Principal Guest Conductor‹. Together with the renowned instrumentalist, the orchestra devotes itself increasingly to the classical repertoire. The first two CDs of Beethoven symphonies are products of the collaboration with Heinrich Schiff.
1991. Japan and New York. The Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie embarks on its first tour of Japan and the United States with Gidon Kremer, during which it makes its debut at New York’s Carnegie Hall.
1992. Bremen. The orchestra relocates from Frankfurt am Main to Bremen on the river Weser, where it continues on its chosen path. Having secured long-term support from the City of Bremen, while remaining autonomous in terms of musical programming, it works towards its goal of becoming a world-class ensemble. Now operating under the name ›The Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen‹, the orchestra presents two subscription series and two chamber music series.
1993. Jirí Belohlávek, a specialist for the Czech masters as well as the eras of Romanticism and Impressionism, works together with the orchestra as ›Principal Conductor‹.
1995. Bremen, Knoops Park. The Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen inaugurates an open-air festival in the city’s Knoops Park under the heading ›Summer in Lesmona‹. The classical music festival becomes an extremely popular annual event that draws audiences from far and wide.
Thomas Hengelbrock becomes the first Artistic Director of The Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen. Under his direction, the orchestra builds on its considerable successes and expands its stylistic range to include period instruments and historically informed playing techniques.
On its tour of the United States, The Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen impresses audiences at Tanglewood and at the legendary Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, among others.
1998. The orchestra becomes an established presence at the Musikfest Bremen, where it also performs in musical theatre productions with the likes of Klaus Maria Brandauer.
1999. Daniel Harding is appointed Music Director, a post he holds until 2003. During his tenure The Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen makes its international breakthrough, winning over audiences, critics and promoters on its extensive concert tours and with recordings of works by Beethoven, Brahms, Saint-Saëns, Berlioz and Milhaud, among others.
Daniel Harding receives an ECHO Klassik award in the category Newcomer of the Year.
Albert Schmitt becomes the orchestra’s Managing Director and oversees the process of turning the ensemble into a business enterprise.
2002. The orchestra is established as a ›gemeinnützige Gesellschaft mit beschränkter Haftung‹ (non-profit limited liability company). As sole partners, the musicians assume full responsibility for both the financial and the artistic direction of the company, and with this organizational structure the orchestra achieves an exceptional self-financing ratio (61 percent in 2012, today around 70 percent).
2004. Paavo Järvi, who has worked with the orchestra on several occasions since 1995, is appointed Artistic Director. Under his leadership The Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen establishes itself as a leading international orchestra. The first milestone achievement in their collaboration is the ›Beethoven Project‹ – the performance and high-quality recording of all nine of Ludwig van Beethoven’s symphonies. The Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen performs regularly in concert halls and at festivals throughout the world with Paavo Järvi and other internationally acclaimed guest conductors and soloists.
2005. Bonn. The Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen becomes ›Orchestra in Residence‹ at the international Beethovenfest Bonn, a position it will hold for the next 10 years.
2006. Yokohama. First performance of all nine Beethoven symphonies over three days. During the following years the orchestra electrifies audiences in Lanaudière (Canada), Strasbourg, Paris, Salzburg, Bonn, Warsaw and São Paulo with further performances of the complete cycle.
2007. Bremen, Osterholz-Tenever. In April The Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen moves into a new rehearsal space at the Gesamtschule Bremen-Ost. The simply but purposefully converted space in this comprehensive school not only offers excellent rehearsal conditions, it also enables the musicians to make top-quality recordings on high-resolution SACD. Two of their six CDs that have won ECHO Klassik awards were recorded here.
In this new location in the socially deprived district of Bremen Osterholz-Tenever, close links are quickly established between the orchestra, the school and the local community. As part of the orchestra’s award-winning ›Future Lab‹ initiative (LINK), the musicians work together with teachers, pupils and local residents on music-based community projects that are designed to have a lasting impact, such as the stage show ›Melody of Life‹ and the annual ›Community Opera‹. These projects aim to improve prospects for young people and empower other members of the local community. Such commitment wins the orchestra the Zukunftsaward 2007 – for employing music as a motivational tool for personal development, but also as a catalyst for the development of communities such as the orchestra, the school and the local population.
Later this year, The Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen wins the prestigious German Record Critics’ Annual Award (Jahrespreis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik).
2008. The orchestra wins the special prize at ›Deutscher Gründerpreis‹, awarded by ZDF, Stern, Porsche and the German savings banks group (Sparkassen) for outstanding entrepreneurial achievements.
2009. Another three of the orchestra’s CD releases win ECHO Klassik awards.
2010. Hamburg. The Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen becomes ›Orchestra in Residence‹ at the Elbphilharmonie Konzerte – a position it has now held for six years.
Deutsche Welle produces a DVD recording of the orchestra's performance of all nine Beethoven symphonies, as well as an award-winning music documentary on the ›Beethoven Project‹.
The Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen becomes the first orchestra ever to receive the prestigious German Record Critics’ Certificate of Special Merit (Ehrenpreis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik) for outstanding achievement in the field of recording.
The orchestra also receives the Bremer Stadtmusikantenpreis for its services to the community and collaboration with the Gesamtschule Bremen-Ost.
2011. The orchestra produces a new interpretation of Robert Schumann’s symphonies under the baton of its artistic director Paavo Järvi. This Schumann-Project becomes a further focal point of this musical collaboration. The first CD of symphonies 3 and 1 appears the same year.
The Foundation ›Die Schwelle‹ recognises The Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen’s District Opera as an exemplary initiative and confers on it the 5th International Bremen Peace Award.
2012. Deutsche Welle produces a DVD recording of The Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen performing all four Schumann symphonies in a former shipyard building in the port of Bremen, as well as ›Schumann at Pier2‹, the second music documentary featuring the orchestra.
The Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen's ›Future Lab‹ initiative receives the ECHO Klassik Jury Award for Fostering Young Talent in Classical Music.
The Schumann Symphony Cycle is performed at the Beethoven Festival in Warsaw and at the Konzerthaus in Vienna.
The second of the Schumann Cycle CDs, with the second symphony and overtures, is released.
2013. The Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen receives the ›Vision Award‹ - the »Nobel Prize for Social Entrepreneurship«; further recognition of its pioneering work fostering a culture of unlocking potential.
The Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen receives the ›Melody of Life‹ award - the Start Youth Art Foundation Award of the Year 2012.
2014. The third of the Schumann Cycle CDs, with symphony No. 4 and the Konzertstück for four horns, is released.
In June, the orchestra accepts an invitation from Germany’s President Joachim Gauk and performs at Bellevue under its Artistic Director Paavo Järvi.
The Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen adds the overtures to its Beethoven Cycle. The CD is released in October on RCA.
In November, The Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen receives the Jeunesse Musicale Würth-Prize »...in recognition of its work, its exemplary projects for both district and young people, and in appreciation of its corporate culture«.
The Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen’s CD recording of Louis Spohr's Oratorio ›The last Things‹ with conductor Frieder Bernius and the Stuttgart Chamber Choir receives the German Record Critics’ Prize.
2015. The French music magazine Diapason confers its Diapason D’Or on The Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen’s recording of Symphony No. 4 by Robert Schumann.
Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires, São Paulo, Lima – the orchestra goes on a spring tour of South America with the acclaimed Pekka Kuusisto as Soloist and Concert Master on the programme.
The recording of The Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen’s Beethoven overtures under Paavo Järvi receives the Diapason d'Or in June.
First performances of Brahms’ entire Symphony Cycle in St. Petersburg and at the Rheingau Music Festival in Wiesbaden. A CD-sampler appears, with highlights from the Beethoven and Schumann cycles, as well as new recordings of the Hungarian Dances Nos. 1, 3 & 10 by Johannes Brahms.
Paavo Järvi is named ›Artist of the Year‹ by one of the most important classical music awards, the Gramophone Classical Music Award.
During a Press Conference, the Mayor of Kissinger and the future director of the Kissinger Summer announce that The Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen is to be Festival Orchestra of the Kissinger Summer from 2017 hence.
The official launch of The Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen’s Brahms Project with Paavo Järvi incorporating concerts in Bremen, Berlin, Hamburg, Vienna, Amsterdam, Paris and Baden-Baden.