Armonia Atenea

The orchestra Armonia Atenea was founded under the name Camerata Athens in 1991 on the opening of the Athens concert hall Megaron as its house orchestra. Since 2011, it has also performed regularly at the new Onassis Cultural Center. The orchestra is equally familiar with historical and modern performance practice and is dedicated to a wide-ranging concert repertoire from the Baroque to contemporary music, as well as works from the opera and ballet repertoire. It commissions compositions and is also heavily involved in the field of education. Armonia Atenea is a welcome guest at leading concert halls and opera houses as well as at renowned festivals, including the Vienna Musikverein, the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris, the Opéra Royal in Versailles, the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall in Moscow, Wigmore Hall in London, the BBC Proms, the Innsbruck Festival of Early Music, and the Salzburg Festival, where the orchestra debuted in 2016 in a concert performance of Zingarelli’s Giulietta e Romeo. Following in the footsteps of Neville Marriner, Christopher Warren-Green and Alexandre Myrat, the orchestra’s current artistic director is Echo Classic Award winner George Petrou. Armonia Atenea has worked with such distinguished guest conductors as Fabio Biondi, Thomas Hengelbrock, Philippe Entremont, Christopher Hogwood, Helmuth Rilling, Heinrich Schiff, Stephen Kovacevich and Mstislav Rostropovich. Soloists who have performed with the orchestra include Martha Argerich, Yuri Bashmet, Joshua Bell, Leonidas Kavakos, Radu Lupu and Mischa Maisky. Armonia Atenea has participated in numerous recordings for various labels, including the multi-award-winning recordings of Handel’s Alessandro and Arminio and Hasse’s Siroe. The orchestra is supported by the Greek Ministry of Culture as well as Megaron and Demergon, the Daskalopoulos Foundation for Culture and Development. Armonia Atenea was heard for the first time at the Bayreuth Baroque Opera Festival in 2020 in Carlo il Calvo.

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