Founded in Havana in 1993 by its director Zenaida Romeu, Camerata Romeu is a feminine chamber orchestra considered as unique thanks to its repertoire and stage presence. Its aesthetic is based on the recognition and promotion of the musical production values of our Latin American composers, a new sound born in the Americas.
The best composers from Cuba, Latin America and North America have written works that have been released on several CDs such as La Bella Cubana (Chamber Music Award and Critics Award), Cuba Mia, Dance of the Witches, Tampa Habana Oslo, Raigal (Cubadisco Award) and Non Divisi with compositions by Roberto Valera (Latin Grammy nomination). For the French label Manana Music they recorded the Habanera with works by Gerardo di Giusto (Cubadisco Award). The album Sertoes Veredas presents works of the Brazilian composer Egberto Gismonti, produced by ECM the first recording in the history of that German label that promotes and commercializes music recorded by a Latin American orchestra.
Camerata has joined record productions, for example Sueños de Ida y Vuelta with Victor Monge (Serranito) which was nominated for the Latin Grammy, Habaneras de Cádiz with Carlos Cano, La Rumba soy yo (Vol. II), Cervantes Cuatro Pianos, (Cubadisco Award), Music of the World (1999), The Island of Music, Future Logos with Antonio Peruch (Prize of the disc in Egmonton), Cyrus, Harp of the World with Carlos Kings, Lewis Music and more. Camerata Romeu’s discography so far: La Bella Cubana, (Cuba Disco Award) Cuba Mia, Dance of the Witches, Non Divisi, (nominated for the Latin Grammys) Raigal, (Cuba Disco Award), Havana-Tampa-Oslo, Saudacoes, and Habanera. They also recorded soundtracks for cartoons and feature films that gained high recognition.
The wide spectrum of the ensemble’s repertoire has inspired and influenced a big number of younger musicians. Camerata Romeu has participated in many international music festivals and concert tours, appearing not only in great venues, but also in the most prestigious universities not only in Cuba but also in Spain, Sweden, Norway, Belgium, France, Mexico, Canada, Venezuela, Colombia, Costa Rica, Brazil and the USA and more.
Its works have been recorded in the multimedia Concierto del Norte, with Norwegian music by Bis Music and Himno Bayamés, Parafrasis, based on the Cuban National Anthem produced by the Office of the Historian of Havana. The orchestra has been featured in several documentaries like Amor y Magia (1997) by Eva Maura Díaz, Cuerdas de mi Ciudad (1998) by Mayra Vilasís and Cuba Mia. Portrait of a women’s orchestra (2002) by Cecilia Domeyko, promoted by PBS and in Art channel around the world. Since 12994, the Camerata Romeu has been residing at the Minor Basilica of San Francisco of Asís in Old Havana.
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