Ensembleporträt Rundfunkchor Berlin

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Rethinking Choir Music

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With around 60 concerts annually, numerous CDs and three Grammys, Rundfunkchor Berlin is one of the world’s foremost choruses. Its wide-ranging repertoire, flexible and richly nuanced sound, flawless precision and enthralling delivery have made it the chosen partner of the major orchestras and conductors in its home city but also internationally, where it functions as a musical ambassador for Berlin in the great concert halls of the world. It is so much more than just a concert and studio chorus.

»Rundfunkchor Berlin has never been more of a trendsetter than it is right now.«
(Berliner Morgenpost)

Along with its symphonic choral central repertoire, Rundfunkchor Berlin’s experimental project series has attracted great worldwide attention. The interactive scenic version of Brahms’s »Ein deutsches Requiem« staged by Jochen Sandig and a team of Sasha Waltz & Guests – »human requiem« – became a milestone within the choir’s experi-mental repertoire. After having played guest performances in New York, Hongkong, Paris, Brussels and Athens the production will travel to Australia in spring 2018. For its latest project »LUTHER dancing with the gods« the choir cooperated with director Robert Wilson in October 2017 and reflected upon Luthers impact within the arts in an extraordinary concert performance with music by Bach, Nystedt and Reich. Christian Josts music-dance-theatre »LOVER« premiered in 2014 in Berlin and toured to Asia in 2016.

Rundfunkchor Berlin is constantly developing new and unusual ways of experiencing choral music and stimulating choruses all over the world to follow its lead. In formats such as the Sing-Along Concert in the Berlin Philharmonie, the Liederbörse (Song Exchange) for Berlin’s school choirs and the project Hand in Hand, it is working intensively with committed amateur choirs. With its International Master Class for choral conducting and the Academy and Schola for young singers, it is fostering the next generation of professionals. And to help make singing an intrinsic component of the primary school day, it created the initiative SING! in 2011.

Berlin International Masterclass for Choral Conducting © Matthias Heyde

Founded in 1925, the chorus celebrated its 90th anniversary in 2015. Since its inception, it has been shaped by conductors like Helmut Koch, Dietrich Knothe (1982-93), Robin Gritton (1994-2001) and Simon Halsey (2001-15). At the beginning of 2015-16 season, Gijs Leenaars assumed the position of Principal Conductor and Artistic Director. Simon Halsey retains his ties to Rundfunkchor Berlin as Conductor Laureate and Guest Conductor. Rundfunkchor Berlin is an ensemble of Rundfunk Orchester und Chöre GmbH Berlin and is sponsored by Deutschlandradio, the German Federal Republic, the state of Berlin and Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg.

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