The Grand Choir "Masters of Choral Singing" of Russian State Musical TV & Radio Centre (= Grand Choir; Academic Bolshoi Choi; Bolshoi Choir; Academic Grand Choir) was founded in 1928, its founder and first artistic director was a master of choral art Alexander Sveshnikov. At various times, it was directed by such great musicians as Nikolay Golovanov, Ivan Kuvykin, Klavdiy Ptitsa, Ludmila Ermakova. In 2005, Professor Lev Kontorovich was offered a position of the Artistic Director of the Grand Choir (known as the "Masters of Choral Singing"). Under his leadership, the updated composition of the choir successfully continues the traditions established by their predecessors.
The name itself - "Masters of Choral Singing" - determine the professionalism, high level of performance, exceptional speed and versatility of the team, where each artist can act as a member of the choir and as a soloist. For 85 years, the choir performed more than 5,000 works - operas, oratorios, cantatas by Russian and foreign composers, works a’cappella, folk songs and sacred music. Many of them were the "golden fund" of the national record, gained recognition abroad (Grand Prix competition of recordings in Paris, the "Gold Medal" in Valencia). In the performance of the Grand choir were the firstly heard many choral works by Sergey Prokofiev, Dmitri Shostakovich, Rodion Shchedrin, Aram Khachaturian, Otar Taktakishvili, Vladislav Agafonnikov, Yuri Evgrafov etc.
With the Grand choir at various times cooperated such outstanding conductors as Evgeny Svetlanov, Mstislav Rostropovich, Vladimir Spivakov, Dmitri Kitaenko, Vladimir Fedoseev, Helmuth Rilling, Gennady Rozhdestvensky, Alberto Dzedda, Ennio Morrikone, Vladimir Jurowski, Mikhail Pletnev, Christoph Eschenbach; singers Elena Obraztsova, Irina Arkhipova, Nicolai Gedda, Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Anna Netrebko, Maria Gulegina, Zurab Sotkilava, Evgeni Nesterenko, Roberto Alanya, Angela Gheorghiu, Vasily Ladyuk and many others.
In 2008 and 2012 the Grand choir took part in the inauguration ceremony of President of the Russian Federation Dmitry Medvedev and Vladimir Putin. Grand choir had a great success in the major concert halls of Russia, Italy, France, Germany, Israel, Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia, Japan, South Korea, Qatar, Indonesia and others held touring Grand choir for major cities of the Urals, Siberia and the Far East.