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Camerata Salzburg with Helene Grimaud

Camerata Salzburg with Helene Grimaud

A very busy orchestra
Camerata Salzburg is one of the busiest chamber orchestras in the world! Concert tours take Camerata Salzburg from its home base at the Mozarteum to venues around the globe. Back in Salzburg, audiences can experience the orchestra during regular appearances at the Salzburg Festival, Mozart Week and at subscription concerts. Their focus is on Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, though the Viennese Classical period is well represented as well.
The History of Camerata Salzburg
Camerata Salzburg was established in 1952 by Salzburg conductor and musicologist Bernhard Paumgartner. He assembled around him a group of teachers and students from the Mozarteum music school to make music together. Since his death, Antonio Janigro (1974-1978), Sándor Végh (1978-1997), Sir Roger Norrigent (1998-2006), Leonidas Kavakos (2006-2009) and, as of 2011, Louis Langrée have all left their mark on Camerata Salzburg.
The unique “Camerata Sound”
It was above all under Sándor Végh that Camerata Salzburg gained international fame. It was also he who put that special “Camerata Sound” on the lips of the musical world. Each voice of the orchestra is given the space it deserves, though without ever neglecting the whole. In doing so, the individuality of each of the 36 musicians is brought to full effect.

Helene Grimaud

Renaissance woman Hélène Grimaud is not just a deeply passionate and committed musical artist whose pianistic accomplishments play a central role in her life. She is a woman with multiple talents that extend far beyond the instrument she plays with such poetic expression and peerless technical control.
Grimaud was born in 1969 in Aix-en-Provence and began her piano studies at the local conservatory with Jacqueline Courtin before going on to work with Pierre Barbizet in Marseille. She was accepted into the Paris Conservatoire at just 13 and won first prize in piano performance a mere three years later. She continued to study with György Sándor and Leon Fleisher until, in 1987, she gave her well-received debut recital in Tokyo. That same year, renowned conductor Daniel Barenboim invited her to perform with the Orchestre de Paris: this marked the launch of Grimaud’s musical career, characterised ever since by concerts with most of the world’s major orchestras and many celebrated conductors.
For a number of years she also found time to pursue a writing career, publishing three books that have appeared in various languages. Her first, Variations Sauvages, appeared in 2003. It was followed in 2005 by Leçons particulières, and in 2013 by Retour à Salem, both semi-autobiographical novels.
Hélène Grimaud has been an exclusive Deutsche Grammophon artist since 2002. Her recordings have been critically acclaimed and awarded numerous accolades, among them the Cannes Classical Recording of the Year, Choc du Monde de la musique, Diapason d’or, Grand Prix du disque, Record Academy Prize (Tokyo), Midem Classic Award and the Echo Klassik Award.