Akademie für Alte Musik Berlinwas founded in 1982 in Berlin. Since its beginnings, it has become one of the world‘s leading chamber orchestras on period instruments and can look back on an unprecedented history of success. Akamus is appearing regularly at the most important venues throughout Europe and internationally, touring as far afield as the USA and Asia.
Akamus has established itself as one of the pillars of Berlin‘s cultural scene, having had its own concert series at the Konzerthaus Berlin for more than 30 years and having collaborated with the Staatsoper Berlin on their Baroque repertoire since 1994. In addition, the ensemble has its own concert series at Munich’s Prinzregententheater since 2012.
With up to 100 performances annually, Akamus performs in a variety of formations from chamber music to symphonic repertoire. As well as working with guest conductors, the orchestra is often directed from the leader‘s chair by one of its three concert masters Bernhard Forck, Georg Kallweit or Stefan Mai. Regular guests include internationally renowned soloists such as Isabelle Faust, Andreas Staier, Alexander Melnikov, Anna Prohaska, Werner Güra, Michael Volle and Bejun Mehta.
The international success of the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin is highlighted by well over a million recordings sold to the public. The ensemble’s CDs have earned many international prizes, including the Grammy Award, the Diapason d’Or and the Gramophone Award. Akamus‘ most recent CD productions include Händel‘s Water Music, Mendelssohn‘s Elijah (conducted by Hans-Christoph Rademann) and Bach‘s St. John Passion (conducted by René Jacobs).
The orchestra has been honoured with the Telemann-Preis Magdeburg and in 2014 with the Bach Medaille Leipzig and the ECHO Klassik.