Camerata Romeu, Music for Dreaming

Camerata Romeu, Music for Dreaming

Last modified: December 27, 2022

In the panorama of the Cuban music, the Camerata Romeu is a very original group. It was founded by Zenayda Romeu toward 1993, under the auspices of the Pablo Milanés Foundation. It was the first feminine string orchestra in Latin America and the only one in its genre, supported on a good repertory and stage presence, integrated by young talented instrumentalists. The most relevant composers from Cuba, Latin America and North America have written, especially for the Camerata, their work have been registered in different records.

Zenayda Romeu, is a descendant of a family integrated by notable Cuban musicians. She received piano lessons from her mother, Zenaida Romeu, Chorale Conducting lessons from the Hungarian professor Agnes Kralovbszky, and Orchestral Conducting lessons from Gonzalo Romeu at Amadeo Roldán Conservatory. Also she was a student of professors as important as Olaf Koch and Gert Frishmuth in Cuba and Germany, turning into the first woman graduated on Orchestral Conducting from the Superior Institute of Art, Cuba, in 1983. She is a professor at the Superior Institute of Art, and she teaches Master Classes of Chorale and Orchestral Conducting, as well as of Cuban Music in Spain, Mexico and United States of America, among others.

Searching in her career, in 1982 she founded the Cámara de Cohesión Choir, her first artistic project, by the hand of a new stage attitude that came to renew the Cuban Chorale movement. Toward 1989 she founded the choir of the company Lyric Studio, dedicated to save the lyrical Cuban music. She directed operetta seasons for the company of Bellini Theater, Naples, in a tour across all Italy, and she is an invited director of the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Cuba.  As an orchestra conductor she has accompanied important Cuban soloists and relevant international figures, such as Michel Legrand, Egberto Gismonti and Horacio Franco… Among other important musical groups, she has conducted the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba; the Casablanca-A’Morosa (Spain); the Chamber Orchestra of Nicaragua; the Masculine Choir Santa María de Solvay (Spain); the Choir of the University of Götemburg (Sweden); the Choir of the Superior School of Music of Weimar (Germany). She has conducted also prestigious soloists, highlighting in a special way the premiere in America of the Oratorio Concert, performed in 1989 with the excellent composer and pianist Michel Legrand.

Zenayda with the Camerata Romeu has gone in many international tours to Spain, Sweden, United States of America, Mexico, Canada and other countries, and she has recorded numerous albums of Cuban and Latin American music, some of them awarded in the Cubadisco International Festival. She also participated as an orchestra conductor in other shared recording productions such as Sueños de ida y vuelta, with Victor Monge (Serranito), nominated to the Latin Grammy; Habaneras de Cáliz, with Carlos Cano; La rumba soy yo (Volume III); Cervantes, cuatro pianos; Músicas del mundo; La Isla de la Música, and many others. The album Habanera, Di Giusto and Camerata Romeu, recorded by Mañana Music Records, was nominated to Cubadisco in the classification of Concert Music.

Toni Piñera
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Journalist for more than 30 years at the Granma newspaper, art and dance critic, professor at the National Academy of Fine Arts San Alejandro, curator of Cuban art exhibitions (former director of the La Acacia gallery, Havana), poet.

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