Moscow State Conservatoire Chamber Choir
Created by Boris Tevlin in 1995, the Choir already has a number of international awards to its credit. In 1998 it won the Grand Prix and two gold medals at the Riva del Garda International Choral Festival in Italy. The Choir took first prize and the gold medal at the first Brahms International Choral Competition at Wernigerode in Germany in 1999. In 2003 the Choir won first prize at the twenty-second International Festival of Orthodox Church Music at Hajnuwka in Poland. And the Moscow ensemble was the winner of the first World Choral Olympics at Linz in Austria in 2000.
The Choir has toured in Austria (the Gidon Kremer Festival in Lockenhaus), Switzerland (the Sofia Gubaidulina Festival in Zurich), Italy (The Fabbrica del canto Festival), the USA (the sixth International Choral Music Forum in Minneapolis, where the Chamber Choir was the only Russian participant), Germany (the ninth Uzedom Music Festival), Poland (performance of music by Krzysztof Penderecki and John Tavener in the presence of the composers), and France (the second Biennale d’art vocal).
The Choir has taken part in many international music festivals in Moscow, including the December Evenings in Honor of Sviatoslav Richter, Valery Gergiev’s Easter Festival, the Alfred Schnittke Memorial Festival, Moscow Autumn, and Self Portrait of Rodion Shchedrin.
The Choir specializes in contemporary choral music and first performances of new works. Russian and international premieres by Boris Tevlin and his singers include a large number of foreign and Russian choral works by Edison Denisov, Artur Lurye, Nikolai Sidelnikov, Igor Stravinsky, Alfred Schnittke, Arnold Schönberg, Valeriy Arzumanov, Sofia Gubaidulina, Giya Kancheli, Roman Ledenyov, Rodion Shchedrin, Andrei Eshpai, Edward Elgar, Knut Nystedt, Krzysztof Penderecki, Józef Swider, John Tavener, Romuald Tvardovski, Andrew Lloyd-Webber and others.
The Choir’s repertoire includes well-known Russian works by Dmitry Bortnyansky, Alexander Gretchaninov, Pyotr Tchaikovsky, Sergei Taneev, Sergei Rachmaninov, and Dmitri Shostakovich, as well as arrangements of Russian folk songs.
The Choir has performed with prominent contemporary musicians, including Yury Bashmet, Valery Gergiev, Mark Gorenstein, Edward Grach, Djansug Kahidze, Vladimir Krainev, Daniel Kramer, Robert de Leo, Ekaterina Mechetina, Ivan Monighetti, Alexei Ogrintchouk, Nikolai Petrov, Alexander Rudin, Yury Simonov, Justus Franz, Eric Ericson and others.
Recordings by the Choir include programs of 20th century choral music, a cappella works by Alfred Schnittke, and music by Sergei Rachmaninov, Sofia Gubaidulina, Roman Ledenyov, Dmitri Shostakovich, Rodion Shchedrin, and American composers.
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