Caucasian Chamber Orchestra

The Caucasian Chamber Orchestra was founded in summer 2005 including outstanding string players of the Caucasian region under the leadership of the German conductor, composer and pianist Uwe Berkemer. His vision was and is, to demonstrate that music is a unifying force across borders and boundaries, a symbol for peace and mutual understanding.

Besides frequent travelling abroad, the orchestra has participated intensively in the cultural life of Georgia. In June 2006 the Caucasian Chamber Orchestra performed the second edition of its own International Music Festival "PAX VOBISCUM" with soloists from USA, Europe and Caucasus Region.

In June 2007 a 90 minutes documentary movie “Grozny Dreaming” about the Orchestra and its vision has been shot for the International Cinema (World Premiere August 2008 in Ascona) and awarded with the first Prize of the International Film-Festival Verona-Lessinia (Lessinia d'oro '08).

In 2007 Uwe Berkemer was awarded the Certificate of Honour from the Minister of Culture of Armenia for his outstanding cultural engagement in the Caucasus region. In 2008 he was nominated as the first “Ambassador of Utopia” by the Monte-Verita-Foundation Ascona in cooperation with the government of Venice.

Different Concert Tours have brought the orchestra to important Concert places in Europe, like "Konzerthaus Berlin", March 2006, "Hofburg Wien" September 2006 (invited by the OSCE), “Dôme des Invalides” Paris October 2007, "Grand Hall of Conservatory" Brussels October 2007, “Palau Valencia” October 2009. The Caucasian Chamber Orchestra, which has been supported several times by the European Parliament, has followed several invitations to play in the European Parliament Brussels (2006, 2010) and European Council Strasbourg (2007).

Since 2007 the Orchestra is frequently invited for concert tours through Spain, at least in October 2009 with 13 concerts. Also in 2009 the Orchestra took part in the Negroamaro Festival in Lecce (South Italy).

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