Dear Music Enthusiasts,

Right now it feels like the world has stopped turning – not just in Germany, but all around the globe. In view of the rapid development and seriousness of the current health crisis, we need to exercise patience and try to get on top of this completely new and very challenging situation for us all with a mixture of resolve and calm.

For us, making music is both our passion and our profession and it greatly upsets us that we are currently unable to pursue it. However, there can be no doubt that ensuring everyone’s health and well-being has to be our top priority. It is therefore with a heavy heart that we have cancelled concerts, an educational programme and a planned CD recording. At the moment, we don’t know when the concerts and tours will be able to resume. This is all the more distressing because it denies us the opportunity to communicate with you via the instrument we know best – music.

Against this backdrop, we are all the more touched by your many warm words of solidarity and by the string of enquiries asking how you can support us. One very concrete way is the gesture of solidarity shown by many who have kindly donated the money spent on tickets to the cancelled concerts. Thank you very much for this. It’s good to know and feel that you’ve got our backs in this way, because as a freelance orchestra we do not receive the same backing as a conventional orchestra. We are therefore all the more grateful to the many members of the Society of Friends of The Deutsche Kammer­philharmonie Bremen, our patrons, sponsors and supporters for their loyalty in these difficult times. We cannot do it without them.

In the last couple of days, we have been encouraged by the announcements of assistance programmes for independent artists promised by the federal government and the state of Bremen. This news has boosted our confidence that when we emerge on the other side of this crisis we will once again be able to perform for you and share exceptional musical moments with you as before. And while it is no substitute for a live concert experience, our digital offering is at least one way of staying in touch, even if the quality of the experience is somewhat reduced.

So although The Deutsche Kammer­philharmonie Bremen is currently also having to forego live concerts, we can at least share our music with you this way. For example, you can enjoy our concert given at the Menuhin Festival Gstaad in 2019 featuring star violinist Hilary Hahn – available from ARTE’s media library. Or browse our Facebook page. What’s more, on our website we’ll soon be posting a selection of concert recordings that we have compiled for you.

Music in particular has always given strength in difficult times and helped people forget the seriousness of a crisis for a while.

In this spirit, we wish you all the very best for the uncertain times ahead; above all stay healthy, but also keep calm and carry on. We are already greatly looking forward to seeing you again.

Best regards,

Beate Weis, Matthias Beltinger, Jürgen Winkler – the orchestra board on behalf of The Deutsche Kammer­philharmonie Bremen

P.S.: If you would like to donate the price of your concert ticket, please send us the original ticket and your name and address. We will then send you a donation receipt. Many thanks in advance!
If you would like to join the Society of Friends, you can find the application form on our website under ›Support‹ .

Concert schedule

Coronavirus/COVID-19

On the back of measures to stop the spread of the coronavirus/COVID-19 (cancellation of events and early school holidays, among others), we regret that we are having to cancel all our activities scheduled for March and the first half of April. In addition to the concerts on 16/17 March 2020, this also affects ›Melody of Life‹ on 26/27 March, any tickets already purchased will remain valid for the next show scheduled for 26 and 27 November 2020, and the ›interval‹ concert scheduled for 4 April in Villa Sponte. With the Elbphilharmonie having closed its doors until 30 April, our Hamburg matinée concert marking the launch of a German Sea Rescue Service lifeboat on 19 April 2020 will also not take place.

As a precautionary measure, our customer service in Langenstraße will remain closed until further notice. We are following ongoing developments very closely, taking appropriate measures where necessary and will keep you informed of any changes.

The Brahms Code

German Record Critics’ Award ›Quarterly Critics’ Choice‹

The music documentary ›The Brahms Code‹ has been included in the German Record Critics’ Award’s ›Quarterly Critics’ Choice‹ list. In its conclusion, the jury panel described the film as »a veritable treat for both the eyes and the ears«. Christian Berger, who illustrates the unique musical approach taken by The Deutsche Kammer­philharmonie Bremen and its Artistic Director Paavo Järvi through the symphonies of Johannes Brahms, directed the film. The documentary offers exciting insights into orchestra rehearsals, presents personal interviews with the conductor and orchestra members and features concert recordings. »The title sounds like some kind of thriller. And this music documentary indeed presents an exciting, yet lucid introduction to Brahms’ oeuvre,« the jury panel continued: »A brilliant audiovisual accompaniment on the way towards an enhanced listening comprehension.«

The documentary ›The Brahms Code‹ was produced in cooperation with Deutsche Welle, Unitel and Bernhard Fleischer Moving Images and is available in our online shop on DVD and Blu-ray.

›Quarterly Critics’ Choice‹

Concert with the Federal President is a great success

Beethoven year launched at Schloss Bellevue

On 17 December, The Deutsche Kammer­philharmonie Bremen marked the start of the Beethoven anniversary year with a concert at Schloss Bellevue in Berlin. The invitation came from Germany’s Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier and his wife Elke Büdenbender. During the promenade concert, guests were treated to a varied medley of the composer’s works with a new twist. Under the direction of Paavo Järvi, the orchestra opened the anniversary year with the last movement of Beethoven’s 1st Symphony. Together with renowned jazz pianist Iiro Rantala, the Deutsche Kammer­philharmonie enthralled the audience with a grandiose performance of familiar Beethoven pieces – spiced with jazz improvisations and tango rhythms.

The Future Lab, an initiative of the Deutsche Kammer­philharmonie in cooperation with the Bremen East Comprehensive School, also had a hand in the planning of the concert in Bellevue. Together with their teachers and the members of the orchestra, the pupils took Beethoven’s works to new heights with their very own recompositions and live electronics under the title ›Beethoven Beats‹!

In his address, the Federal President honoured The Deutsche Kammer­philharmonie Bremen’s commitment and outstanding authority on all things Beethoven. He also underscored the unique complexity of Beethoven’s genius. Works like Beethoven’s symphonies possessed the power »to capture the souls and hearts of many in a shared experience«.

The German Federal President's address

›All nine‹ at the Musikfest Bremen

Homecoming for »Bremen's Beethoven«

The complete cycle of all nine symphonies written by the composer Ludwig van Beethoven, who was born in Bonn in 1770, to this day indisputably represents a unique cosmos, a sonorous world heritage that in the upcoming Beethoven anniversary year can now be experienced in Bremen – played by The Deutsche Kammer­philharmonie Bremen conducted by Paavo Järvi, who, with their groundbreaking interpretations, have engendered nothing short of a »Beethoven rebellion« (›Stereoplay‹). Tickets for this outstanding event, to be performed in Bremen’s Die Glocke over four consecutive days in November 2020, are available exclusively from Musikfest Bremen! Advance ticket sales for the entire cycle start on 9 December. Tickets for the individual concerts – where still available – can be purchased from 9 January 2020, 10 a.m.

Musikfest Bremen

Obituary

Prof Dr Christian Scholz

News of the totally unexpected passing of our long-time advisor Prof Dr Christian Scholz shocked us profoundly. The void he leaves fills us with great sorrow.

Not only was he a valuable advisor on all matters relating to organizational development and a critical supporter of the management structure of The Deutsche Kammer­philharmonie Bremen – for which there was no precedent – he was also the invaluable counterpart in the discovery of the 5-seconds model. In numerous management seminars, we explained the holistic management principles to companies around the globe and in many cases supported their implementation in the corporate world.

Christian Scholz’s musical home was perhaps more with the Doors and the Smashing Pumpkins, but over time he increasingly learned to appreciate the world of classical music. We shared many outstanding concert events together, whether in Bremen, the Salzburg Festival or the PROMS.

We will miss him in every conceivable way and our thoughts are with his family, to whom we wish much strength in this difficult time.

Tickets

Customer Service is moving!

We have been at Langenstrasse 16 – situated diagonally opposite Stadtwaage since 2nd September 2019.

The Brahms Code

German Record Critics’ Award ›Quarterly Critics’ Choice‹

The music documentary ›The Brahms Code‹ has been included in the German Record Critics’ Award’s ›Quarterly Critics’ Choice‹ list. In its conclusion, the jury panel described the film as »a veritable treat for both the eyes and the ears«. Christian Berger, who illustrates the unique musical approach taken by The Deutsche Kammer­philharmonie Bremen and its Artistic Director Paavo Järvi through the symphonies of Johannes Brahms, directed the film. The documentary offers exciting insights into orchestra rehearsals, presents personal interviews with the conductor and orchestra members and features concert recordings. »The title sounds like some kind of thriller. And this music documentary indeed presents an exciting, yet lucid introduction to Brahms’ oeuvre,« the jury panel continued: »A brilliant audiovisual accompaniment on the way towards an enhanced listening comprehension.«

The documentary ›The Brahms Code‹ was produced in cooperation with Deutsche Welle, Unitel and Bernhard Fleischer Moving Images and is available in our online shop on DVD and Blu-ray.

›Quarterly Critics’ Choice‹

›All nine‹ at the Musikfest Bremen

Homecoming for »Bremen's Beethoven«

The complete cycle of all nine symphonies written by the composer Ludwig van Beethoven, who was born in Bonn in 1770, to this day indisputably represents a unique cosmos, a sonorous world heritage that in the upcoming Beethoven anniversary year can now be experienced in Bremen – played by The Deutsche Kammer­philharmonie Bremen conducted by Paavo Järvi, who, with their groundbreaking interpretations, have engendered nothing short of a »Beethoven rebellion« (›Stereoplay‹). Tickets for this outstanding event, to be performed in Bremen’s Die Glocke over four consecutive days in November 2020, are available exclusively from Musikfest Bremen! Advance ticket sales for the entire cycle start on 9 December. Tickets for the individual concerts – where still available – can be purchased from 9 January 2020, 10 a.m.

Musikfest Bremen

Tickets

Customer Service is moving!

We have been at Langenstrasse 16 – situated diagonally opposite Stadtwaage since 2nd September 2019.

Guesting at the Proms

In September, The Deutsche Kammer­philharmonie Bremen gave a guest performance at the legendary BBC Proms in the Royal Albert Hall! The performance, under Greek conductor Constantinos Carydis and featuring Greek soprano Danae Kontora, not only received enthusiastic praise and rapturous applause from the audience – ›the Prommers‹ – ; the magazine ›Opera today‹ described the concert as »a Michelin-starred feast for musical gourmands«. Here, we serve you a few visual highlights from London!

Kurier, Vienna

»… The Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen is without a doubt one of the most interesting ensembles around today.«

Partners of The Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen