Berlin Radio Choir

The Berlin Radio Choir was founded in 1925 and, within its first years, was already able to distinguish itself by collaborating with such conductors as George Szell, Otto Klemperer, Hermann Scherchen, and Erich Kleiber, as well as by giving important world premieres, including of works by Arthur Honegger, Ernst Krenek, Darius Milhaud, and Kurt Weill. Today the Choir, which is renowned for its warm sound, consistency, and precision, gives some 60 concerts each year. These take place at its home base, together with the Berlin Philharmonic, the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, and the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra, as well as at international venues. In the 2016-17 season, the singers completed a residency as part of the White Light Festival at Lincoln Center in New York; for the spring of 2018, a tour to Australia with the human requiem project is on their agenda. This involves a staged adaptation of the Brahms Requiem with the Compagnie Sasha Waltz & Guests. Through such community projects as its annual sing-along concert at the Philharmonie in Berlin, the Festival of Choral Cultures, and the Song Exchange for School Children, the Radio Choir aims to encourage as many people as possible to sing. It champions professional young singers through its academy and a master class. The Choir’s recordings have won many prizes, including no fewer than three Grammy Awards. Since 2015 the Chief Conductor and Artistic Director has been the Dutch artist Gijs Leenaars, who has born in 1978 and who previously helmed the Netherlands Radio Choir. He is a committed advocate of contemporary music. The Berlin Radio Choir is an ensemble of the Rundfunk-Orchester und -Chöre GmbH. Partners include Deutschlandradio, the Federal Republic of Germany, the State of Berlin, and Radio Berlin-Brandenburg.

LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut on 29 August 2006 in works by Weill, Schoenberg, and Bernstein conducted by John Axelrod.

July 2017