Founded in 2001 by tenor Benoit Haller, La Chapelle Rhénane (= LCR) is an ensemble of singers and solo instrumentalists. The team is dedicated to the performance of the great works of European vocal repertoire. Their ambition is, to reveal the emotion, humanity and modernity these works through the concerts and recordings to make them attractive to a wide audience today.
Like the great European courts of the Baroque era who recruited their musicians across the continent - somwhat similat to the composers who were constantly travelling to complete their training and gain new experiences - La Chapelle Rhénane enjoys the privileged position of Strasbourg, the crossroads city, attracting musicians from all over Europe.
Directed by Benoit Haller, also a soloist with the ensemble, La Chapelle Rhénane partnered in 2003 with Jean-François Felter. He provides support and expertise in both artistic and technical levels. With these characteristics, La Chapelle Rhénane conveys origina, sincere, bubbly and rigorous musical interpretation.
La Chapelle Rhénane has befefited for four years from the partnership with "Couvent," Centre International des Chemins du Baroque de Saint-Ulrich in Sarrebourg, where the ensemble performs regularly to the residences. The Couvent was directly linked to the record label K617, with which La Chapelle Rhénane has already produced four discs. In addition to an album dedicated to Theatrum Musicum and Leçons de Ténèbres by Samuel Capricornus, three were devoted to Heinrich Schütz: Second Book of Symphoniæ Sacræ in 2004, Uppsala Magnificat and other sacred works in 2006, and finally "Histoire de la Résurrection & Musikalische Exequien". All these recordings have been greeted with enthusiasm by the press, collecting a total of four "Diapason d'Or", "Diapason d’or de l’année" in 2007, two "10 de Répertoire", "Choc du Monde de la Musique" and Editor's Choice in Gramophone.
In April 2008 appears cycle "Membra Jesu Nostri" by Dietrich Buxtehude, the first live recording of La Chapelle Rhénane with La Maîtrise de Garçons de Colmar (direction: Arlette Steyer).
Since 2003, the activity of La Chapelle Rhénane has been intimately linked to the work of Heinrich Schütz. It is through this composer that has shaped the sound of the ensemble, that deep human empathy emerged. In 2006 and 2007, La Chapelle Rhénane appeared in major French theaters, such as the Cité de la Musique in Paris, l’Arsenal de Metz, l’Opéra de Rennes, or the Festivals of Saintes, Sarrebourg, Ribeauvillé and Sablé sur Sarthe.
In 2003, La Chapelle Rhénane won the European Prize for Culture, awarded by the European Foundation for Culture and the European Forum of Culture and in 2007 the prize of the Music Academy of Eastern Markets, presented by the orchestra conductor Theodor Guschlbauer. La Chapelle Rhénane is supported by the Ministry of Culture and Communication - DRAC Alsace, Alsace Region, General Council of Bas-Rhin, the City of Strasbourg and the Corporate Foundation Orange. The ensemble is associated with the educational approach of the Fondation Royaumont - Centre de la Voix, where it residents and develops new projects.