What is Chamber Music?

Chamber music is traditionally played by a small group of musicians, usually between three and nine players.


The "chamber" refers to the 19th century origins of performing this music in a chamber (small room) to allow to the intimate character and finer nuances of the music to be felt and heard. There is no conductor involved in chamber music and each individual musician each play a solo part --- as opposed to an orchestra where the musicians may all play the same part. 

Today, chamber music in played in many different venues, including large concert halls and encompasses many different styles, including contemporary and traditional jazz, classical and world genres.

Experts in the field of classical music largely agree that chamber music is one of the most sophisticated forms of music.

PRIZM Ensemble utilizes chamber music to assist in youth development: the practice, discipline, performance, time management and collaboration between musicians provides invaluable life lessons to our participants.

"Being invited to guest conduct my chamber arrangement of Mahler Symphony No. 1 with the Prizm Chamber Orchestra was truly a memorable experience. I was impressed by the talent of the musicians and the staff's dedication to ensure everything ran smoothly. Prizm is cultivating the highest level of artistry and professionalism Memphis has to offer by nurturing local talent and contributing to its cultural landscape."


-Yoon Jae Lee, Artistic Director, Ensemble 212, Curator of the Mahler Chamber Project