The Academy Chamber Ensemble was created in 1967 to perform the larger chamber works with players who customarily worked together, instead of the usual string quartet with additional guests. Drawn from the principal players of the orchestra and play-directed by Academy Leader Tomo Keller, the Chamber Ensemble performs in all shapes and sizes, from string quintets to octets, and in various other configurations featuring winds. Its touring commitments are extensive and include regular tours of Europe and North America, whilst recording contracts with Philips Classics, Hyperion, and Chandos have led to the release of over thirty CDs.
Listen to the clip below to hear the Academy Chamber Ensemble performing the first movement of Mendelssohn’s Octet in E flat major, recorded live at Performance Santa Fe by Bill Heltman in 2015.
Watch below for highlights from the Chamber Ensemble performance of Tchaikovsky’s Souvenir de Florence at St Martin in the Fields in 2012.