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The EuropaChorAkademie was founded by Joshard Daus in 1997 as a joint music forum of the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz and the University of Bremen. Since then the choir has been performing a wide repertoire that ranges from the baroque to the present and from oratorio and choral-symphonic works to opera. Already in their first year they began collaborating with the SWR Baden-Baden and Freiburg Symphony Orchestra under its chief conductor at the time, Michael Gielen, as they were preparing performances of Gustav Mahler’s Second Symphony. Additional milestones of their early years include tours of Greece under Gerd Albrecht and of Spain with Bach’s St. John Passion, as well as the American premiere of Bernd Alois Zimmermann’s Requiem für einen jungen Dichter at Carnegie Hall in New York. In 2000 the EuropaChorAkademie made its first appearance at the Aix-en-Provence Festival in a production of Janácek’s The Makropulos Affair conducted by Simon Rattle. The singers have appeared in Wagner’s Lohengrin at Baden-Baden and in Korngold’s The Miracle of Heliane under Vladimir Jurowski in London, and they gave the world premiere of Penderecki’s Eighth Symphony at the Beijing Music Festival with the composer conducting.—?
Joshard Daus studied music education and conducting in his native Hamburg. He began his career as a music director in Hamm and Lippstadt before being appointed Professor of Choral and Orchestral Conducting in 1985 at Gutenberg University in Mainz. There he met Sergiu Celibidache, who was an essential inspiration for his artistic development. Along with his work with the EuropaChorAkademie, Daus has conducted such ensembles as the Munich Philharmonic, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and the SWR Baden-Baden and Freiburg Symphony Orchestra.
LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut on 31 August 2003 in Bernd Alois Zimmermann’s Requiem für einen jungen Dichter under Ingo Metzmacher