Winner of a Grammy Award in 2008, 2009 and 2011, Berlin Radio Choir is a regular guest at all the major festivals and the chosen partner of international orchestras and conductors such as Sir Simon Rattle, Christian Thielemann and Daniel Barenboim. It is the permanent partner of the Berliner Philharmoniker as well as of the Berlin’s Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester and Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester and their conductors. The exceptional breadth of its repertoire, its stylistic, absolute precision, delight in experimentation, stunning responsiveness and an unmistakable warm, richly nuanced sound all contribute to making it one of the world’s outstanding choral ensembles.
Berlin Radio Choir’s experimental project series has attracted great worldwide attention. Here, in collaboration with artists from diverse disciplines, the chorus is breaking down the classical concert formation and adopting new modes of choral music for a new audience. Some prime examples: Rodion Shchedrin’s The Sealed Angel employing five dancers has now been seen in many different countries; the all-night performance of Sir John Tavener’s The Veil of the Temple in Berlin’s museum for contemporary art was visually enhanced and filmed by Boomtown Media; the interactive scenic version of the Brahms requiem human requiem by Jochen Sandig / Sasha Waltz & Guests will again follow international invitations in the next seasons. Christian Jost’s Music-Dance-Theatre LOVER for mixed chorus and percussion will be touring to Asia in spring 2016.
With its annual activities for various target groups – the big “Sing-along Concert”, the “Liederbörse” (Song Exchange) for children and young people and the “Festival of Cultures” in the Berlin Philharmonie – as well as with the long-term education programme “SING!” Berlin Radio Choir invites people of all ages and walks of life to become immersed in the world of professional choral music. With its Academy and Schola for young singers as well as Berlin International Masterclass for young choral conductors Berlin Radio Choir supports the next generation from all over the world with the skills required for their professional success.
Founded in 1925 the ensemble was shaped by conductors including Helmut Koch, Dietrich Knothe (1982-93), Robin Gritton (1994-2001) and Simon Halsey (2001-2015). As of season 2015/16 Gijs Leenaars has took up his post as new Principal Conductor and Artistic Director of Berlin Radio Choir. Simon Halsey was appointed Conductor Laureate and will retain his ties to the ensemble as regular guest conductor.
Berlin Radio Choir is an ensemble of Rundfunk Orchester und Chöre GmbH Berlin (Shareholders: Deutschlandradio, the Federal Republic of Germany, the State of Berlin and Radio Berlin-Brandenburg).