The Deutsches Kammerorchester Berlin was founded in 1989 by young musicians and the conductor Fritz Weisse, shortly after the fall of the Berlin Wall. The orchestra’s 20 members come from leading Berlin orchestras or are free-lance musicians.
Since the year 2000, the Deutsches Kammerorchester Berlin, with its innovative concept, has become a permanent fixture in Berlin’s music scene and has its own concert series in the chamber music hall of the Berlin Philharmonic. The excellent reputation of the ensemble is largely due to its collaboration with well-known soloists and its unusual programmes which are planned jointly by the management, the orchestra and exceptional guest conductors.
One important aim is to rediscover and give new interpretations of the repertoire of the Viennese Classicism. Natural trumpets, original timpani and an orchestra of identical size as was usual in this epoch, create a new sound for this symphonic heritage. A further important feature is the presentation of music of the recent past and present. The repertoire includes a large number of works by Baltic and Scandinavian composers – some were premiered or played for the first time in Germany by the orchestra.
Guest conductors include Constantinos Carydis, Philippe Jordan, Michail Jurowski, Vladimir Jurowski, Markus Poschner and Julien Salemkour. Equally impressive is the list of international soloists who have performed with the orchestra, including David Geringas, Edgar Guggeis †, Marie Hallynck, Martin Helmchen, Raúl Jaurena, Marie-Pierre Langlamet, Marie-Nicole Lemieux, Michael Schopper and Baiba Skride.
The ensemble performs regularly in and around Berlin as well as at European Festivals. It has toured Spain, Czech Republic, Poland, Russia, Indonesia, China, the Netherlands and Switzerland. Since 2006/2007, Markus Poschner has accompanied the Deutsches Kammerorchester Berlin and its artistic aims as regular guest conductor.