Mission & History

Mission

To provide world-class music for the enjoyment of SWFL, and to educate and encourage all audiences to enjoy classical music.

Vision

Classical music will continue to be relevant and valued.

History

Founded in 1995, the premier season offered six concerts that grew to a total of twenty-six concerts by 2005. The featured ensemble was the Philadelphia Piano Quartet along with guest artists.  The musicians of the Quartet were founder Bert Phillips, having had a thirty-year career as cellist with the Philadelphia Orchestra; co-founder Toby Blumenthal, an internationally acclaimed pianist; Norman Carol, Concert Master of the Philadelphia Orchestra; and LaMar Alsop, violist with the New York City Ballet Orchestra.

In the mid-1990’s, Classic Chamber Concerts initiated a Concerts in the Schools program, along with concerts featuring Emerging Artists and Rising Stars.  In 2001, the “Famous String Quartets” series began with a performance by the Tokyo String Quartet, followed with concerts by the Emerson Quartet and the Guarneri String Quartet, The Ahn Trio, Turtle Island String Quartet and Time for Three.  These prestigious ensembles made their Naples, Florida debuts through the auspices of Classic Chamber Concerts.

In the fall of 2008, Bert Phillips passed away. A memorial concert was held and an annual scholarship was established in his honor. Toby Blumenthal retired in 2009 and Maestro William Noll was appointed Artistic Director after having been named as Artistic Director Designate by the founders in 2007. The legacy of the Founders’ passion for chamber music continues as CCC celebrates its twentieth season.

Maestro Noll established several resident artists and ensembles during his initial season. The award-winning Jasper String Quartet, internationally acclaimed pianist Ilya Itin, and the Fifth Avenue Chamber Orchestra all became the essence of world-class performances and sold-out houses. Guest artists such as pianists Philip Kopachevsky, Michael Berkovsky, Llewellyn Sanchez-Werner, Seijing Yi, and Antonio Madruga brought a new sense of artistry to the notion of rising young stars. William Noll also expanded the direction of the repertoire to include music from the 17th to 21st centuries. Unknown music of well-known composers, and unknown composers that wrote musical gems have been featured along with premieres of contemporary composers.

In our anniversary year, 2016, Maestro Noll brought even more dynamic musicians to the stage. The Amernet String Quartet, violinist Nadir Khashimov, and pianists Nachito Herrera and Alexandra Carlson, inspired to make the twentieth season most memorable and exciting.