Chamberfest has been presenting a music festival in downtown Ottawa every summer since 1994. The first festival included 22 concerts at two churches, drawing more than 12,000 listeners and rave reviews. Since then, it has grown and changed in many ways. Some years have seen Chamberfest present over 100 concerts to over 80,000 listeners, making it one of the largest chamber music festivals in the world.

Chamberfest’s artistic strategy is built around a diverse multi-stream approach that embraces music from  the 1400s to newly-composed and interdisciplinary works and collaborations. It focuses on driving the art of the small ensemble forward, and serving the widest possible community in its delivery.

Every summer, Ottawa’s most beautiful churches, museums, galleries, theatres and heritage sites play host to indoor and outdoor performances by artists from around the world for two weeks. Committed to including innovative programming that challenges artists and audiences, Chamberfringe presents late night shows that explore unique collaborations with artists of other genres, including theatre, film, dance and more.

As the festival has grown, so has the demand for chamber music. In response to this demand, the Ottawa Chamber Music Society (OCMS) created the Concert Series in 2000, offering concerts throughout the fall, winter and spring. The Chamberfest Concert Series has enabled the organization to engage with a wider community of artists and audience members, and provided another outlet to share music of the highest quality.

Chamberfest has also invested heavily in Community Engagement and Education (CEE) events that bring music to schools, care facilities, and the streets, with free concerts in Ottawa, and its surrounding communities. CEE includes important community building initiatives like The Buzz and Chamber Chats, and investment in mentorship opportunities for up and coming artists.

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July in January

  • July in January 2022

    Ottawa Chamberfest presents

    Ironwood Quartet with Jamie Parker

    Ironwood Quartet performs Mendelsohn’s Quartet, Op. 44, No.1 in D major and Dohnányi’s Piano Quintet, No. 1 in c minor, with Gryphon Trio pianist Jamie Parker. Recorded live Monday, July 26 at Carleton Dominion Chalmers Centre in Ottawa.

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  • Ironwood Quartet

    The Ironwood Quartet is made up of four dynamic, passionate, and curious Canadian musicians – Jessica Linnebach and Carissa Klopoushak (violins), David Marks (viola), and Julia MacLaine (cello) – whose home base is Canada’s National Arts Centre. Since their debut in 2014, Ironwood has become one of Canada’s premiere chamber music ensembles. Originally from Edmonton, Saskatoon, Vancouver, and PEI, and with musical interests ranging from Beethoven and Ravel to Philip Glass, Ukrainian and American folk music, tango and Radiohead, their programming reflects a belief in the power of great music to unite.

  • Jamie Parker

    A consummate professional, Jamie Parker is critically acclaimed as both a soloist and as a chamber musician, with three JUNO recording awards and many other nominations from his vast discography. He tours as the pianist for Canada’s foremost chamber ensemble, Gryphon Trio, and performs with major Canadian and international symphony orchestras. Parker is the Rupert E. Edwards Chair in Piano Performance at University of Toronto Faculty of Music.