The Salzburg Bach Choir 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, where it has been acclaimed at numerous concerts as well as in opera productions. Highlights include Idomeneo, Theodora, the world premiere of Thomas Adès’s The Exterminating Angel in 2016 and Ariodante in 2017. The choir also appears regularly at the Salzburg Mozartwoche Festival, including recently in productions of Lucio Silla, Orfeo ed Euridice, Die Entführung aus dem Serail and Thamos. At the Salzburg Easter Festival it was heard in Tosca and in 2019 in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg. Guest appearances have taken the choir to 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 to France, Italy, Greece, Spain and Switzerland.
Thanks to its flexible resources and stylistic versatility, the Salzburg Bach Choir 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 and to 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 Salzburg Bach Choir also specializes in a cappella works and organizes a series of concerts each year under the title Chorage, exploring repertoire spanning five centuries. Its many performances of Tallis’s 40-part motet Spem in alium in St Peter’s Church in Salzburg have received as much acclaim as its interpretations of works by György Ligeti and Beat Furrer at the International Mozarteum Foundation’s Dialoge Festival.
The Salzburg Bach Choir has appeared with many outstanding conductors and orchestras, including the Vienna Philharmonic, the Mozarteum Orchestra, the Salzburg Camerata, Les Musiciens du Louvre, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela. The choir has worked closely with Ivor Bolton, Leopold Hager, Andrés Orozco-Estrada, Ádám Fischer and Ingo Metzmacher.