Hear acclaimed pianist Barry Douglas and the Camerata Ireland orchestra perform an intimate program of well-known classics and some Irish musical surprises. This unique chamber orchestra comprised of many of its country’s finest musicians has earned worldwide acclaim from music lovers everywhere through numerous recordings and international tours.
Barry Douglas has established a major international career since winning the Gold Medal at the 1986 Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition, Moscow. As Artistic Director of Camerata Ireland and the Clandeboye Festival, he continues to celebrate his Irish heritage whilst also maintaining a busy international touring schedule.
Mr. Douglas is an exclusive Chandos recording artist and is currently recording the complete works for solo piano of Brahms, the first five albums of which have received much critical praise. International Record Review wrote that “this is indeed Brahms playing of the utmost integrity and authority… this cycle looks set to become a benchmark version.” The interesting programming of each disc presents each album as a stand-alone recital, providing a varied and engaging listening experience. September 2014 also saw the release of Celtic Reflections – an exploration of Irish folk music through eighteen of Barry’s own arrangements – from ancient melodies to pieces by contemporary songwriters.
In 1999 Barry Douglas founded the chamber orchestra Camerata Ireland to celebrate and nurture the very best of young musicians from both Northern and the Republic of Ireland. In addition to striving for musical excellence, one of the orchestra’s aims is to further the peace process in Ireland by promoting dialogue and collaboration through its musical education programmes. Barry regularly tours with Camerata Ireland throughout the world and will visit the US and South America this season. Highlights of the past seasons were Camerata Ireland’s debut at the BBC Proms in London and a world premiere of a new cantata commissioned by The Honourable The Irish Society, “At Sixes and Sevens”, alongside the London Symphony Orchestra to celebrate Derry-Londonderry becoming City of Culture 2013.
Barry Douglas received the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2002 New Year’s Honours List for services to music.
Camerata Ireland was founded in 1999 by international pianist, conductor, educator and recording artist, Barry Douglas. His vision was to create a chamber orchestra of excellence to match the best in the world. Camerata Ireland brings together the finest Irish musicians to celebrate the wealth of musical talent from within the island of Ireland, to present a new and positive image of Ireland and to create a unique sound that comes from the orchestra members’ shared musical heritage.
The orchestra has gained an international reputation for excellence. Camerata Ireland has given performances throughout the USA and Europe, and in Asia. Notable successes have been the Irish Festival of Arts and Culture in China in 2004, the 2006 International Beethoven Festival in Warsaw, the Smithsonian Festival in the US Library of Congress, the Naantali International Festival in Finland in 2007 and the Festival de la Chaise-Dieu in France in 2008 and 2009. Camerata Ireland’s annual International Concert Series takes it to several major concert venues throughout Europe such as the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris, Cadogan Hall in London, The National Concert Hall in Dublin and the Auditorio Nacional de Música in Madrid. Camerata Ireland was honoured to be one of the few chamber orchestras to be invited to be resident in the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris, performing the complete Mozart Piano Concertos over several seasons.
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