Bavarian Radio Chorus

Bavarian Radio Chorus © Johannes Rodach
Bavarian Radio Chorus © Johannes Rodach

The Bavarian Radio Chorus was founded in 1946. Since 1950, its artistic successes have emerged in parallel with the development of the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra. In 2003 Mariss Jansons became chief conductor of both ensembles. In 2005 Peter Dijkstra assumed the position of artistic director of the chorus. Because of the special homogeneity of its sound as well as its stylistic versatility, the ensemble enjoys the highest reputation throughout the world.

The Bavarian Radio Chorus has made guest appearances at prestigious festivals including the Lucerne Festival, the Salzburg Easter Festival and the Salzburg Festival and worked with renowned European orchestras such as the Berliner Philharmoniker, the Lucerne Festival Orchestra, the Staatskapelle Dresden and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. The chorus has been conducted by prominent musicians such as Claudio Abbado, Giovanni Antonini, Herbert Blomstedt, Bernard Haitink, Daniel Harding, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Andris Nelsons, Riccardo Muti and Christian Thielemann.

The chorus fosters a new generation of choral conductors through a conductors’ forum initiated by Bavarian Radio. One of its most significant projects with was the sing-along concert cOHRwürmer, which won a first prize by the Deutscher Musikrat. The chorus has received numerous prizes for its recordings.