Camerata dei Castelli is an orchestra based in Bellinzona. Founded in June 2013 by its conductor Andreas Laake, it began its activity in the season of '13 -'14 with a cycle of concerts which took place at the Teatro Sociale and Castelgrande. Camerata dei Castelli is supported by Bellinzona Theater, the City of Bellinzona and Bellinzona Tourism. It is composed by twenty professional musicians, and aims to incorporate in its staff some young promises of classical music in Ticino. This orchestra, selected with great care, wants to offer the public concerts of high artistic quality in places that, due to their size, do not always lend themselves to accommodate large symphonic formations. The repertoire of the Camerata dei Castelli is very varied and extends from baroque music to the debut of contemporary works.
Andreas Laake was born in London in 1961 and grew up in Liestal. He graduated as a violinist in Basel with Armin Tenger. He attended various postgraduate courses including with Annie Jodry in Paris and at the Musikhochschule Vienna with Michael Schnitzler. He has won several international competitions and has made several television, radio and CD recordings as a soloist or in chamber music ensembles. Andreas Laake completed his management studies at the Hochschule für Musik in Zurich with Mark Kissòczy and directs the Locarnese Chamber Orchestra and the Camerata dei Castelli in Bellinzona.