CAMERATA PHILADELPHIA is an ensemble without musical boundaries. From chamber music to symphonies to opera to choral, CAMERATA not only brings a fresh and distinct interpretation to the venerated classics, but also seeks to bridge the styles of classical, jazz, folk and world music – each program an eclectic and richly diverse musical offering. Committed to music appreciation for all ages, it is the mission of CAMERATA to make the experience of great music accessible to all.
Under Music Director & Conductor Stephen Framil (cellist, chamber musician, conductor), CAMERATA has performed throughout the United States, is the ensemble-in-residence at the Port City Music Festival (North Carolina) and Church of the Holy Trinity - Rittenhouse Square (Philadelphia), and is engaged for international tours to China (2011, 2012) and Europe (2012). Guest artist collaborations include violinists Tim Fain (USA), Max Zorin (France/Israel), Julia Bushkova (Russia), Carla Trynchuk (Canada), Leah Kim (Korea), Barbara Govatos (Philadelphia Orchestra); pianists Max Levinson (Boston Conservatory), Julie Nishimura (University of Delaware), Tomoko Kanamaru (College of New Jersey), Michal Schmidt (Haverford/Bryn Mawr/Swarthmore Colleges), and Daniel Lau (Washington Adventist University); conductors Zvonimir Hacko (Croatia) and Amadi Azikiwe (Harlem Symphony Orchestra); the Louis Taylor Jazz Quintet, William Douglas Jazz Quartet, Diane Monroe Jazz Trio, the West Philadelphia Orchestra, and the Philadelphia Boys Choir & Chorale.
CAMERATA PHILADELPHIA INC is a non-profit 501(c)(3) tax-deductible charitable organization.
Distinguished as the first American cellist to perform in Hanoi since the Vietnam War, Stephen Framil has performed as concert soloist, chamber musician and conductor around the world: including Carnegie Weill & Avery-Fisher Halls (New York), Verizon Hall (Philadelphia), Hong Kong City Hall, with the Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra (Hungary), Volgograd Philharmonic Orchestra (Russia), Latvian Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra (Italy Tour 2007), Manila Philharmonic Orchestra (Philippines), National Philharmonic of Moldova, Oltenia State Filarmonica (Romania), Zaporozhye Symphony Orchestra (Ukraine), Vratza Philharmonic Orchestra (Bulgaria), Viêt Nam National Symphony Orchestra, Bombay and Bangalore Chamber Orchestras (India), Redlands Symphony Orchestra (CA), Nashville Chamber Orchestra (TN), Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series (“Live” Broadcast on WFMT - Chicago), Brunei Music Society, and the Hong Kong Chamber Music Society, among others. Stephen Framil is the Music Director & Chief Conductor of CAMERATA PHILADELPHIA, and Artistic Director of the Port City Music Festival (North Carolina).
As a versatile and dedicated educator Stephen Framil (DM, Indiana University) has given cello masterclasses at the Shanghai Conservatory (China), Yong Siew Toh Conservatory (Singapore), University of Illinois (Champaign-Urbana), DePaul University (Chicago), Longy School of Music (Boston), Vanderbilt University/Blair School of Music (Nashville), University of Arizona, Roosevelt University/Chicago College of Performing Arts, University of Reno, Volgograd Conservatory
(Russia), Moldova Academy of Music, University of Hong Kong, Silliman University (Philippines), and the Hanoi Conservatory (Vietnam), to name a few. Dr. Framil is been an adjudicator for the Hong Kong Schools of Music Festival (2004), and the 2007 Schadt String Competition (Allentown, PA). Beginning in 2011 Dr. Framil joined the conducting staff of the Lehigh Valley Young Person's Philharmonic (Bethlehem, PA). Since 2008 Dr. Framil has been an artist faculty at the Killington Music Festival (VT).
Dr. Framil has been an Assistant Professor of Music at Andrews University in Michigan (1994-2002), and a Visiting Professor at the University of Delaware (2003-2004), Lincoln University in Pennsylvania (2005-2006, 2011), and Towson University in Maryland (2008). An advocate of inner-city music education in Philadelphia, Dr. Framil is the Conductor of the Philadelphia Youth Ensemble, and Director of the Philadelphia Community Conservatory: a community music school that provides scholarship lessons for underserved youth.
Recordings by Stephen Framil for RADIO 4 HONG KONG include the complete J.S. Bach Suites for Solo Cello, as well as the works for solo cello by Zoltán Kodály and Gaspar Cassadó. Stephen Framil has recorded the two Haydn Cello Concertos with Paul Freeman and Czech National Symphony Orchestra (CENTAUR RECORDS).