The Bach Choir Salzburg was founded in 1983 and soon came to prominence as one of Austria’s leading vocal ensembles. During the last ten years it has acquired an international reputation. Since 2003 its artistic director has been Alois Glaßner. The Choir appears regularly at the Salzburg Festival, receiving acclaim for both concert and operatic performances. Highlights include Idomeneo, Theodora, the world premiere of Thomas Adès’s The Exterminating Angel in 2016 and Christof Loy’s production of Ariodante in 2017. The Choir also appears regularly at the Mozartwoche Festival, including recently in productions of Lucio Silla, Orfeo ed Euridice and Die Entführung aus dem Serail. Guest appearances include the Musikverein in Vienna, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Konzerthaus in Berlin, the Handel Festivals in Halle and Göttingen, the Enescu Festival in Bucharest and the Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic, as well as in France, Italy, Greece, Spain and Switzerland.
Thanks to its flexible resources and stylistic versatility, the Bach Choir Salzburg is able to explore a wide-ranging repertoire, extending from the vocal polyphony of the Renaissance to the great oratorios of the Baroque, Classical and Romantic periods, as well as 20th-century works. The Choir has also been acclaimed for its performances of contemporary music, including world premieres by Georg Friedrich Haas and Mauricio Sotelo.
In addition to its focus on Mozart, the Bach Choir also specializes in a cappella works and in recent years has organized a series of concerts every autumn exploring repertoire spanning five centuries. Its performances of Tallis’s 40-part motet Spem in alium in St Peter’s Church in Salzburg received as much acclaim as the Choir’s interpretations of works by György Ligeti and Beat Furrer at the International Mozarteum Foundation’s Dialoge Festival.
The Bach Choir Salzburg has appeared with many outstanding conductors and orchestras, including the Vienna Philharmonic, the Mozarteum Orchestra, the Camerata Salzburg, Les Musiciens du Louvre, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela. The Choir has also worked closely with Ivor Bolton, Leopold Hager, Andrés Orozco-Estrada, Ádám Fischer and Ingo Metzmacher.
Current as of June 2018