Camerata Bachiensis

Members

Roberto De Franceschi - baroque oboe and baroque flute
Anne Kaun - baroque violin and viola
Magdalena Schenk-Bader - baroque violin and viola
Irene Liebau - baroque cello
Julia Chmielewska-Ulbrich - historical keyboard instruments

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Established in 2012, Camerata Bachiensis is an early music ensemble based in Leipzig, Germany. Performing on period instruments, the group strives to offer historically-informed performances that preserve a dynamic, personal and spontaneous approach to early music-making.

Camerata Bachiensis's repertoire consists primarily of 18th-century sacred and chamber music written by Central German composers who were either connected with J.S. Bach or influenced by local music traditions. Discovering and performing the forgotten or unknown music of both famous and lesser-known composers is an important goal for the ensemble; as a result, conducting research in libraries and archives - especially in the regions of Central Germany and Berlin - is an indispensable part of their work together.

Thanks to their flexible instrumentation, Camerata Bachiensis offers repertoire ranging from trio sonatas to orchestral works and cantatas, emphasising variety and colour in their musical programmes.

The ensemble has given concerts at important early music festivals, including Bachfest LeipzigGöttingen International Handel Festival and Telemann-Festtage Magdeburg. In addition to its main activities in Germany, the group has performed in France, the Netherlands, Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovenia.

Camerata Bachiensis has garnered major recognition from numerous early music competitions. Since winning the 7th International Telemann Competition (Magdeburg, Germany) and the 1st International "Premio Selifa" (S. Ginesio, Italy) in 2013, the ensemble has earned further accolades at the 6th International Graun Brothers Competition 2013 (Bad Liebenwerda, Germany), the International Van Wassenaer Concours 2014 (Utrecht, the Netherlands) and the Göttinger Reihe Historischer Musik 2014/2015 (Göttingen, Germany). In 2015 the group was selected for the eeemerging European Ensembles programme.

For the 2016/2017 season, the Bach Museum Leipzig chose Camerata Bachiensis as its Ensemble in Residence. The group's first CD, featuring world-premiere recordings of music by Johann Melchior Molter, was released in 2016 by the Dutch label Brilliant Classics.