“Rembrandt Chamber Players has been one of the more notable success stories in Chicago chamber music.”
“Regular appearances by guest artists help keep Rembrandt’s repertory fresh and varied.”
“Infectious verve, spontaneity and abundance of feeling marked Sunday’s tight collaboration”
-Chicago Tribune, June 2015
Founded in the fall of 1990, Rembrandt Chamber Players features five of the most highly accomplished musicians in the Chicago area, including principal members of the Lyric Opera of Chicago and Music of the Baroque. The ensemble’s expansive repertoire, ranging from historically informed performances of baroque classics to contemporary works by local composers, has consistently garnered high praise and recognition.
Since its inception, RCP has actively commissioned thirteen new works and six arrangements by renowned composers from the Chicago area and beyond. In 2012, RCP presented the only Chicago performance of Wynton Marsalis’ Fiddler’s Tale, pairing it with Stravinsky’s L’Histoire. In 2008, RCP began The Mahler Project, a 3-year retrospective of Schoenberg’s chamber arrangements of Mahler’s large symphonic works, receiving excellent reviews from the Chicago Tribune. In 2014, RCP commissioned and premiered a new sonata for oboe and piano by Grammy Award winner and multi-instrumentalist Howard Levy as well as new works and arrangements by David Schrader, Sebastian Huydts, and Peter Labella.
Deeply committed to fostering chamber music education and appreciation, RCP founded the Rembrandt Young Artists Competition in 1995, a highly acclaimed annual high school chamber music competition that draws participants from a variety of public and private schools throughout the state. Winning ensembles receive cash prizes, coaching sessions from RCP musicians, performance opportunities, and participate in educational outreach projects for Chicago-area schools that lack an established music program.