The Camerata Romeu is a Cuban musical group integrated only by women.
The exclusivity of its repertoire, the scenic beauty, the excellent work as a whole, the refined academic training and interpretive sensitivity, make it proposals exceptional.
From his instruments emanate, with the same virtuosity, both the compositions of classics such as Bach, Beethoven, Mozart and Vivaldi, as the most popular music. Their interpretations are plagued with distinction, good taste and daring, and they achieve an atmosphere of passion, lyricism, sensuality and delicacy, very difficult to find in other groups.
Zenaida is the soul of the Camerata
Zenaida Castro Romeu, belonging to a family of notable Cuban musicians, founded the Camerata Romeu in 1993 with the auspices of the Pablo Milanés Foundation.
This group is composed of talented and young instrumentalists, and is the first female string orchestra in Latin America.
The best of Cuban and universal chamber music repertoire has been addressed by the Camerata Romeu. Pieces by Leo Brouwer, Esteban Salas, Ernesto Lecuona, Ástor Piazolla and Antonio María Romeu are orchestrated and interpreted in their original versions, without losing the authenticity, the freshness, the charm of the intimacy, the refined technique and the style that characterizes them.
On the other hand, important composers of the world want that their works are recorded in the catalog of this orchestra.
The audiences of Spain, Sweden, the United States, Mexico and Canada acclaim and overflow the scenes where they are presented and it would be impossible to take into account the countless festivals in which they have participated.
The consecration and delivery of these musicians has endorsed them with an enormous recognition in the Cuban and international scene and figures of the stature of Barbara Hendricks have shared scene with the Camerata. According to the exceptional lyric singer, “I had heard of the Camerata Romeu and I loved the idea that there was a solo chamber composed of women, so the project of playing together came up.” And this dream fulfilled it.
Thus, without many essays, a delightful concert was held in the Convent of San Francisco de Asís, with great public success.
Discography, awards and nominations
From his extensive discography, where Cuban and Latin American music is collected, these are some examples:
• La Bella Cubana: Prize for Chamber Music and Prize of Critics, Cubadisco 1997.
• Cervantes, four pianos.
• Cuba of mine.
• Dance of witches.
• Non divisi: Nominated for the Latin Grammy 2003.
• The day the silence died.
• Back and forth dreams, nominated for the Latin Grammy 2008.
• Rumba is me (volume III).
• Habanera, nominated for the Cubadisco Award in Concert Music.
As a group, the camerata was nominated for the 2003 Latin Grammy Awards for Best Flamenco Album and in 2008 for Best Contemporary Classical Music Album.
The filmmaker and documentary artist Cecilia Domeyko created a documentary titled Cuba Mia: Portrait of an All-Woman Orchestra, which won the 2003 Silver Screen Award at the US International Film & Video Festival.
The initial proposal of the Camerata Romeu until today, has found a space that catalogs it as unique and exceptional. The cultural values it promotes and undoubted Cuban spirit are its hallmarks.
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