Biography

The Bavarian Radio Chorus

Current as of August 2021

The Chorus is respected around the world due to its high standards of vocal blend and stylistic diversity, covering all areas of choral singing, from medieval motets to contemporary works, from oratorio to opera. The Chorus has appeared in Japan, as well as at the Lucerne and Salzburg Festivals, and collaborates regularly with leading European orchestras including the Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Vienna and Berlin Philharmonics and the Staatskapelle Dresden, in addition to period instrument ensembles such as Concerto Köln and the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin. In recent seasons, the Chorus has appeared in concert with conductors such as Giovanni Antonini, Andris Nelsons, Bernard Haitink, Daniel Harding, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Riccardo Muti, Zubin Mehta, Robin Ticciati and Iván Fischer, as well as Herbert Blomstedt and Christian Thielemann.

The Bavarian Radio Chorus was founded in 1946 and celebrates its 75th anniversary in 2021. The artistic development of the Chorus has run in parallel with that of the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, where Mariss Jansons was chief conductor from 2003 to 2019. Simon Rattle will take over as chief conductor in the summer of 2023.

The Chorus regularly gives world premieres as part of its musica viva series and in its own subscription concerts. It has received numerous prizes for its recordings, including several Echo and OPUS Klassik awards. In 2021, the Bavarian Radio Chorus received an International Classical Music Award for choral music and the Diapason d’Or for its CD of Igor Kuljerić’s Croatian Glagolitic Requiem.

Working with Howard Arman, who has been its artistic director since 2016, the Chorus’s other CDs have featured a great variety of programmes, including two editions of Christmas Surprises, as well as Handel’s Occasional Oratorio, Bach Motets, Mozart’s Mass in C minor and the Requiem, Dvořák’s Stabat Mater, choral works by Edward Elgar and Arvo Pärt’s rarely performed Miserere.

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