Biography

Utopia Choir

Current as of May 2024

Utopia Choir & Orchestra is an international ensemble, founded by Teodor Currentzis with the aim of bringing together outstanding singers and musicians from across the world. In its structure, funding and organization, Utopia is independent of other ensembles and institutions. The idea of founding Utopia dates back several years. The focus of the ensemble’s vision is on intensive preparation and research, as well as on outstanding musicianship.

The artists come together for each new programme; their number varies depending on the requirements of the repertory being performed. The ensemble features singers and instrumentalists from more than thirty different countries, among them Armenia, Australia, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, the Netherlands, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, the UK, the USA and Venezuela.
The Utopia Choir & Orchestra is financed by the proceeds from its concerts, and supported by the Kunst und Kultur DM Privatstiftung, and various European patrons.

In October 2022 the ensemble performed works by Stravinsky and Ravel in some of the most important concert halls supporting the project, among them the Philharmonie Luxembourg, the Laeiszhalle in Hamburg, the Vienna Konzerthaus and the Berlin Philharmonie. In June 2023 Utopia performed Mahler’s Third Symphony in Vienna, Berlin and Athens; later that summer the ensemble made its Salzburg Festival debut with Purcell’s The Indian Queen and Mozart’s Mass in C minor. For this project Teodor Currentzis brought together a choir of 40 singers who perform in Europe’s leading theatres and ensembles. In November 2023 Utopia undertook an orchestral tour of Brahms’s Violin Concerto and Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony.
Three tours are planned for 2024: in May, performances of Bruckner’s Ninth Symphony take the Orchestra to Berlin, Hamburg and Athens, in the summer the Utopia Choir & Orchestra return to the Salzburg Festival and in the autumn the Orchestra performs Mahler’s Fifth Symphony under the baton of Teodor Currentzis.

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