A New Interpretation of Orchestra Culture

"...it (the Bridges Kammerorchester) is an investment in the future. This orchestra is already performing concerts, that one wishes for in the classical sphere. Avantgarde, modern, with a sensuality, that... got forgotten in many of the normal, conventional classical concerts." Deutschlandfunk Kultur

The Bridges Kammerorchester

Since 2019, the Bridges Kammerorchester has brought predominantly freelance musicians and their instruments together from diverse regions of the European, Asian and American continents. The orchestra members are experts in European classical music, classical Arabic as well as Persian music, jazz, Eastern European folklore and contemporary music. In co-creative processes, the orchestra members compose and arrange a large part of their repertoire themselves. They develop ideas for musical pieces that make multiple identities audible and show how the variety of different cultures can be melded together without giving up individual identities. In this way, Bridges – Musik verbindet shapes a musical style that reflects the diversity of the German society of today and is a pioneer of a new sound language: transcultural contemporary music.

The Bridges Kammerorchester will make its debut at the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg in August 2024 as part of the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival and was selected into Bundesprogramm Exzellente Orchesterlandschaft Deutschland in 2024. The Bridges Kammerorchester was named the Kronberg Academy's Orchestra in Residence in September 2022. In 2022 and 2023, it was named on the shortlist of the Prize Innovation of the German Orchestra Foundation. It is one of the winners of the Hessian Integration Prize and the Frankfurt Diversity and Integration Prize 2022 and received the German Record Critics' Award (category “Grenzgänge”) for the debut album Identigration (02/2021), which was published in 2021 in co-production with the Hessian radio (hr2-kultur). These awards illustrate the relevance of their sound language and distinguish the artistic work they have already done within the first album. In 2019, the Bridges Kammerorchester was celebrated as a national lighthouse project for exemplifying diversity and integration in practice with the reception of The Power of the Arts 2019, as well as the Special Impact Awardof the KfW Foundation in 2018

The Bridges Kammerorchester and its members are consulted throughout Germany and Europe as specialists in the development of a progressive, transcultural musical style. In addition to our own compositions, we also commission compositions from composers of various disciplines. Previous guest composers include Majid Derakhshani, Jonas Krischke, Takako Ono, Daniel Osorio, Khadicha Zeynalova, Atefeh Einali and Kioomars Musayyebi. The Bridges Kammerorchester collaborates with changing guest conductors, including Bar Avni, Leo Hussein, Gregor A. Mayrhofer, Corinna Niemeyer, Eva Pons, Harish Shankar, Nabil Shehata, Nil Venditti, Martin Wettges and Yalda Zamani.

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