Flutist Marcia Kämper became a permanent member of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra after performing with the orchestra during the 2005-2006 Season. Her first month in the orchestra included a European tour under Music Director Yuri Temirkanov. In 2006 Maestra Marin Alsop became Music Director and Marcia Kämper was her first hired and first tenured member.
Ms. Kämper has performed five solo concertos with the BSO since joining, including J.S. Bach’s “Brandenburg Concertos Nos. 2, 4 and 5” presented all in one night. Baltimore Sun music critic Tim Smith commented “There was a consistent warmth to the playing all evening. Solo highlights include the sweet blending of [concertmistress Madeline] Adkins and flutists Marcia Kämper and Genevieve Briggs in No. 4.” Her performance of Berio’s “Sequenza I” with Mobtown Modern in 2009 earned the reviews from Tim Smith: “…calmly virtuosic account of the spiky ‘Sequenza I’ for flute,” and, “…delivered with great flair.”
Before joining the BSO, Ms. Kämper was a flutist and soloist with the Omaha Symphony. She was a featured soloist in live radio broadcasts of Leonard Bernstein’s Halil and J.S. Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos Nos. 4 and 5. She has also performed with the Detroit Symphony and the National Symphony Orchestra.
An active recitalist with a broad repertoire, Ms. Kämper is a champion of new music. She has several world premieres to her credit and is the Co-Founder and Co-Artistic Director of ANALOG, a non-profit collective of artists and musicians from around the world. She has twice performed in ANALOG’s annual live radio broadcast Iron Composer Competition, and this Spring Ms. Kämper will perform several U.S. premieres of pieces from Karlheinz Stockhausen’s “Klang” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.
Baltimore Sun music critic Tim Smith praised Ms. Kämper’s Trio Cloisonné for their 2013 Takemitsu “And then I knew ’twas wind” performance: “The players articulated the atmospheric score with admirable finesse, subtly bringing out the sensual tone coloring.” Smith described the concert as a “quite rewarding, vivid, and supple performance”.
Ms. Kämper is co-Artistic Coordinator of the BSO’s Candlelight Music Series at Second Presbyterian Church, and she frequently performs chamber music on the series as well. She has concertized on nearly every chamber music series and venue in the Baltimore area, including Music in the Great Hall, An Die Musik, Music at Broadmead, The Strathmore Mansion series, Metro Gallery, The Contemporary, and The Windup Space. Marcia Kämper was also part of the BSO musicians’ community performances after the 2015 Baltimore riots, including a pop-up woodwind quintet performance of spirituals on North Avenue where Freddie Gray was taken into custody.
“Trio Sirѐnes” is the new trio formed by Ms. Kämper, BSO assistant principal violist Karin Brown, and harpist Jacqueline Pollauf and they are planning a recording project to be released in 2017 featuring works composed in the last twenty years. They have already given their first acclaimed performance at the Candlelight Music Series in 2015.
Ms. Kämper is also an educator. She has conducted masterclasses and given lessons at the Peabody Conservatory for undergraduate and graduate students. She also gave masterclasses at the University of Oregon, UMBC at Catonsville, University of Nebraska at Omaha, and Baldwin Wallace University. Ms. Kämper also coached several youth orchestras in Baltimore, Omaha, Annapolis, and Bethesda.
Marcia Kämper has two degrees from Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University and lives in Lauraville with her husband Dolf and two young sons Hiero and Hannes.