LA SCALA CHAMBER ORCHESTRA
CAMERISTI DELLA SCALA
Manager: Elisa Patria
Territory: Worldwide with limited exceptions
La Scala Chamber Orchestra (Cameristi della Scala) was founded by the musicians of the orchestra of Teatro alla Scala in Milan in 1982. The orchestra has a unique identity, performing with and without conductor. Its core repertoire includes masterpieces for chamber orchestra from the 18th century to the present. In addition, the group champions work by lesser-known Italian composers. Cameristi della Scala often features the section leaders of the La Scala orchestra as soloists, and regularly performs with well-known instrumentalists and singers in the world’s most prestigious venues. The group has been influenced significantly by many of the celebrated conductors working at Teatro alla Scala over the years, shaping its musical phrasing and distinct Italian sound.
The 17/18 season saw performances at the Tonhalle-Maag in Zürich, Lisinski Theatre in Zagreb Beethovenfest Bonn and in the closing concert of Variations Musicales de Tannay, Switzerland. As part of a continuing collaboration with La Scala’s celebrated principal dancer Roberto Bolle, the ensemble developed a project performed at 2018 Davos World Economic Forum. In May 2018 it played a special concert on the occasion of the centennial of Leonard Bernstein at Teatro alla Scala, and rounding off the season, it premiered a new commission by Giovanni Sollima at the theater. The 17/18 season also saw Cameristi tour to India and Tunisia.
Other highlights in recent years include concerts at Carnegie Hall, and performances in the United Nations Auditorium in New York, MIT in Boston, Tchaikovsky Hall in Moscow, Salle Gaveau in Paris, Tonhalle in Zürich, Warsaw Opera Theatre, Teatro Coliseo in Buenos Aires and the Sony Center in Toronto. It also appeared in the MITO SettembreMusica and Canary Island festivals and on international tours to Germany, Switzerland, France, Spain, Scandinavia, Eastern Europe and Turkey.
During a 2010 tour to Israel, Cameristi performed at the Mann Auditorium in Tel Aviv, and at the 2010 Expo in Shanghai, it gave four concerts in front of a large audience on the occasion of the city of Milan week. In 2011 it opened the Emilia Romagna Festival in Imola, and performed in the official 150th anniversary celebration of the founding of the Kingdom of Italy in collaboration with the Associazione Musica del Risorgimento.
Between 2007 and 2009 Cameristi was featured annually in the Grand Summer Concerts at Piazza del Duomo in Milan in front of an audience of over 20.000. As part of this series, the ensemble each year commissioned and performed a new piece dedicated to the Duomo by an important living Italian composer. In 2012, the group received the Premio Isimbardi (Isimbardi Prize) from the Province of Milan in recognition for its outstanding contribution to the community and the worldwide recognition of the city of Milan.
Following his sensational debut with the orchestra, conductor Wilson Hermanto began his association with Cameristi della Scala as its Principal Guest Conductor in December 2017.
Updated 18 Oct 2018 – please disregard earlier versions.