The Camerata Bern was founded in 1962 as a small and flexible group without a conductor; the Camerata Bern quickly rose to
Its 14 members are trained soloists who perform under the direction of Antje Weithaas. Guest directors who have worked with the group include Carolin Widmann, Benjamin Schmid, Chiara Banchini and Erich Hobarth. The group's sound is characterised by freshness an exceptional musicality whether they be performing Baroque or modern-day repertoire.
The Camerata Bern has toured throughout Europe, North and South America, South Asia, the Far East, Australia and Japan. Their recordings have won several awards including the Grand Prix du Disque, the Echo Klassik prize and the Record Critic's Award. The group has recently performed in the Victoria Hall in Geneva, the KKL in Lucerne, the Vienna Musikverein, the Cologne Philharmonic, the Dresden Frauenkirche, the International Istanbul Music Festival, in the Great Hall of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and at
the Ansbach Bach Festival.
The Camerata Bern also has a strong commitment to its role in the education of young musicians. In collaboration with the University of the Arts in Bern, and with the support of the citizens in Bern, it offers unique internship opportunities to gifted students which allows them to participate in the group's projects directly.