The Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks was founded in 1946 as the first of Bavarian Broadcasting's musical ensembles. Starting in 1949, its artistic upswing ran parallel to the development of the Bayerischer Rundfunk Symphonieorchester, the Chief Conductor of which has been Mariss Jansons since 2003. From the beginning both ensembles are linked in intensive concert activities.
In 2005 Peter Dijkstra was appointed the Artistic Director. An avowed “anti-specialist” he has presented a wide variety of programs. These included a cappella productions as well as collaborations with the two Bavarian Broadcasting orchestras as well as such period ensembles as the Concerto Köln and the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin. Because of its special sound quality and stylistic versatility, which ranges through every aspect of choral singing from the medićval motet to con temporary works, from oratorio to grand opera, the ensemble enjoys the highest reputation throughout the world.
This has brought the chorus regularly to such eminent festivals as the Lucerne Festival, the Salzburg Festival and the Beethoven Festival in Bonn, as well as to collaborations with top European orchestras like the Berliner Philharmoniker, Lucerne Festival Orchestra and Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam. In the recent past, the chorus has concertized with such distinguished conductors as Claudio Abbado, Riccardo Chailly, Bernard Haitink, Daniel Harding, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Christian Thielemann, Giovanni Antonini, Andris Nelsons, Riccardo Muti, Sir Simon Rattle, Herbert Blomstedt and Robin Ticciati.
In the musica viva series and Paradisi gloria as well as in their own subscription series, the choir regularly shines in world premičres. The choir has received a number of major prizes for its CD recordings, among them the 2012 ECHO Klassik award for the recording of Gabriel Fauré's Requiem as well as a Diapason d'or ARTE for the a cappella CD Strauss–Wagner–Mahler on the BR-Klassik label.
Andrew Lepri Meyer
Moon Yung Oh
Erks Jan Dekker