Founded by the Irish harpsichordist and organist Malcolm Proud and the Swiss violinist Maya Homburger, Camerata Kilkenny is a period instrument group specialising in the performance of Baroque music although many of its programmes combine 17th and 18th century music with the works of contemporary composers. Over the years Camerata Kilkenny has been regularly joined by guest artists including Dutch soprano Lenneke Ruiten, baroque flautist Wilbert Hazelzet (Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra), Swiss cellist Thomas Demenga, Calmus Ensemble (Leipzig), Rachel Beckett (principal flute English Baroque Soloists), Sebastien Marq (recorder player with Les Arts Florissant), Croatian baroque violinist Bojan Cicic (Academy of Ancient Music).
Since its début recital at the Kilkenny Arts Festival in August 1999 Camerata Kilkenny has performed in Switzerland (Zurich, Bern), Austria (St. Gerold, Maria Enzersdorf), Germany (Handel Festival Halle), France (Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris), Belgium (Leuven & CC Maasmechelen Festival Leut), Finland (Vaanta Festival, Helsinki), The Netherlands (Geelvinck Museum, Amsterdam), Estonia, Latvia and at all of Ireland’s leading music festival including the West Cork Chamber Music Festival, the Sligo Festival of Baroque Music, the Festival of Great Irish Houses, the Galway Early Music Festival, the East Cork Early Music Festival 'Music in the Mosaics' in Timoleague, the Kilkenny Arts Festival, the Armagh Georgian Festival, the Clifden Arts Festival, the Hugh Lane Gallery Sunday’s at Noon series and at the Barrow River Arts Festival.
CD recordings on the MayaRecordings label include J.S. Bach’s ‘Musical Offering’ and H.I.F. Biber’s ‘Mystery Sonatas’ with violinist Maya Homburger which was listed in the prestigious German music industry ‘Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik’ awards in 2007.
In 2015 Camerata Kilkenny was Ensemble in Residence at Kilkenny Arts Festival taking part in sell out performances of Bach’s B minor Mass, the Brandenburg Concertos, the ‘Great Concertos’ and the Musical Offering. Maya Homburger and Malcolm Proud performed all six of Bach’s sonatas for violin and harpsichord and Malcolm Proud gave an organ recital of Clavier Übung Bk. 3 in St. Canice’s Cathedral. Maya Homburger performed the Sonatas and Partitas of J.S. Bach in a late night concert in candle light in the Black Abbey. At the 2016 Kilkenny Arts Festival Camerata Kilkenny appeared with the English tenor Mark Padmore performing Bach cantatas and instrumental music. Earlier in 2016 they also performed at the Mantova Chamber Music Festival in Italy and the ‘Wege durch das Land’ Festival in Hameln, Germany. In Autumn 2016 they toured a programme entitled ‘The Piper and the Faerie Queen’ with the great Uilleann Piper David Power, with support from the Arts Council of Ireland’s Touring Award, to Sligo, Waterford, Dublin, Kilkenny and Cork.
In 2018 the ensemble toured to Finland, Germany and Belgium and performed at the Early Music Festival in Magnano, Italy and in Switzerland with the Swedish soprano Maria Keohane.
Camerata Kilkenny recorded 2 CDs in 2018 - ‘The Piper and the Fairy Queen’ with David Power Uilleann Pipes on the RTE Lyric FM label and a CD of Arias by J.S. Bach alongside Swedish folk hymns with soprano Maria Keohane on the Maya Recordings label which is due for release in 2019.
short biographies in English and German:
Founded by the Irish harpsichordist and organist Malcolm Proud and the Swiss violinist Maya Homburger Camerata Kilkenny is a period instrument group specialising in the performance of Baroque music. Many of its programmes combine 17th and 18th century music with the works of contemporary composers. Camerata Kilkenny gave its début recital at the Kilkenny Arts Festival in August 1999 since when it has performed in Switzerland, Austria, Germany, Italy, Finland, Belgium, Estonia, Latvia and at all of Ireland’s leading music festivals. CD recordings include H.I.F. Biber’s Mystery Sonatas with Maya Homburger (2006) which was on the “Bestenliste” of the prestigious German music industry ‘Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik’ award in 2007, J.S. Bach’s ‘The Musical Offering (2010) and ‘The Piper and the Fairy Queen (2018).
Camerata Kilkenny, gegründet vom irischen Cembalisten und Organisten Malcolm Proud und der Schweizer Violinistin Maya Homburger ist ein Ensemble das sich ganz dem Spiel auf historischen Instrumenten verschrieben hat. Viele ihrer Programme verbinden Musik des 17. und 18. Jahrhunderts mit den Werken zeitgenössischer Komponisten. Camerata Kilkenny trat erstmals auf im Rahmen des Kilkenny Arts Festival im August 1999 und gab seither Konzerte in der Schweiz, Österreich, Deutschland, Italien, Finnland, Estland, Litauen, Belgien und in allen führenden irischen Festivals. Ihre erste CD mit Bibers Mysteriensonaten mit Maya Homburger war 2007 auf der Bestenliste für den renommierten ‘Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik’, weitere CD Aufnahmen : J.S.Bach’s ‘Das Musikalische Opfer’ (2010) und ‘The Piper and the Fairy Queen’ (2018).