Camerata Ireland

Chamber Music and Orchestras


Camerata Ireland

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.

Camerata Ireland has in its creator and Artistic Director, an artist who imbues the orchestra members with an energy and passion for performance and engages audiences from the first to the last note. The orchestra comprises young musicians who are in the early stages of their professional careers and established musicians who perform with the Camerata Ireland orchestra as well as other leading orchestras and ensembles across Europe. Every summer Camerata Ireland returns to its homeland to take part in the annual Clandeboye Festival held in August in the historic Clandeboye Estate. The festival has just celebrated its twelfth anniversary.

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“Every now and then, amid the hectic New York concert season, there is an evening that reminds me how much I love my reviewing job; the chamber orchestra Camerata Ireland, on a US tour through March, provided just such an occasion last weekend in a perfectly magical concert . . . At the center of it all was pianist, arranger, and conductor, Barry Douglas, a musical titan whose energy is transmitted in life-affirming performances.”

New York Concert Review