Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin
Founded in Berlin in 1982 and recognized today as one of the world's leading chamber
orchestras, the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, or Akamus, enjoys a distinguished history
of success. The ensemble, which performs regularly in Europe's leading musical centers, has
toured throughout Asia, North America, and South America.
Ever since the reopening of the Berlin Konzerthaus in 1984, the ensemble has enjoyed its
own concert series in Germany's capital, and since 1994 has been a regular guest at the
Berlin State Opera as well as the Innsbruck Festival of Early Music. Starting with the
2012-2013 season, Akamus also has established its own concert series at Munich's
Prinzregententheater. Each year, Akamus performs approximately 100 concerts, ranging from
small chamber works to large-scale symphonic pieces, and performs under the artistic
leadership of its concertmasters Midori Seiler, Stephan Mai, Bernhard Forck, and Georg
Numerous guest conductors and soloists have worked with the Akademie für Alte Musik
Berlin. For more than 25 years, the ensemble's partnership with the Belgian countertenor
and conductor René Jacobs has produced many celebrated opera and oratorio productions. One
of the most recent of these is an acclaimed recording of Mozart's Die Zauberflöte. The
ensemble has also worked with conductors Marcus Creed, Peter Dijkstra, Daniel Reuss, and
Hans-Christoph Rademann, and with soloists Andreas Scholl, Sandrine Piau, and Bejun
The international success of the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin is highlighted by well
over one million recordings sold to the public. Recording exclusively for Harmonia Mundi
since 1994, the ensemble's CDs have earned many international prizes, including a Grammy
Award, Diapason d'Or, Cannes Classical Award, Gramophone Award, and Edison Award. For its
DVD production of Purcell's opera Dido and Aeneas, Akamus received the German Record
Critics' Award in 2009. For its recording of Telemann's Brockes-Passion, the ensemble was
awarded the MIDEM Classical Award 2010 and the Choc de l'année. In 2011, the ensemble's
recording of Mozart's Die Zauberflöte was honored with the German Record Critics' Award.
The CD Friedrich der Grosse: Music for the Berlin Court was awarded the Diapason d'Or in
2012, and a recording of Handel's Agrippina was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2013.
Recent CD releases under René Jacobs's direction have included the world premiere recording
of Pergolesi's oratorio Septem verba a Christo and an acclaimed new interpretation of
Bach's St. Matthew Passion. The latest addition to the orchestra's discography is a CD
devoted to Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, released to celebrate the 300th anniversary of the
composer's birth and including his fascinating Magnificat.