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Czech Philharmonic Choir of Brno
The Czech Philharmonic Choir of Brno, nowadays one of the most acclaimed and sought-after professional ensembles in Europe, focuses especially on the performance of oratorios and cantatas, and lately also on operatic repertoire from all periods. The Choir performs as many as ninety concerts annually, both in Czech Republic and abroad. The Choir has been appearing with all Czech and many prominent international orchestras and conductors (e.g., Petr Altrichter, Jiří Bělohlávek, Leoš Svárovský, Jakub Hrůša, Ingo Metzmacher, Leopold Hager, Charles Dutoit, Sir Roger Norrington, Enoch zu Guttenberg, Mario Venzago, Hugh Wolff, Marc Soustrot, Jean-Claude Casadesus, Michael Tilson Thomas, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Gerd Albrecht, Lawrence Foster, Zubin Mehta, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Kurt Masur, Kaspar Zender, Dennis Russel Davies, Vladimír Válek, Marek Janowski, Yuri Simonov, Zdeněk Mácal, Libor Pešek, Tomáš Netopil, Manfred Honeck, Christoph Eschenbach, Gabriel Feltz, Adam Fischer, Eliahu Inbal, Neeme Järvi, Marco Letonja, Marcus Bosch, Yutaka Sado, Steve Slone, Juraj Valčuha, Simone Young, Marc Albrecht, Charles Olivieri – Munroe, Kees Bakels, Jonathan Nott, and others). The Czech Philharmonic Choir of Brno is a regular guest at international festivals and often performs on stages in Vienna, Linz, Austria; Berlin, Munich, Frankfurt, Stuttgart, Wiesbaden (Eberbach), Lübeck, Nuremberg, Dresden, Leipzig, Passau, Germany; Geneva, Luzern, Basel, Switzerland; London (the BBC Proms), Great Britain; Milan, Rome, Turin, Italy; Paris, Rennes, Nantes, Angers, France; and Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia, Spain; as well as in the Vatican; and in Prague, Brno, Ostrava, Olomouc, Litomyšl, České Budějovice, or Český Krumlov, Czech Republic.
The Choir has recorded numerous CDs for Panton, Supraphon, Farao, KOCH International, Sony Classical, Ultraphon, Arco Diva, Chesky-Records New York, Pronto, Antiphona, PAN Classics, Musikproduktion Dabringhaus, Discantica, and other eminent Czech and international labels. Recently the Choir received two prestigious German ECHO CLASSIC awards testifying to its artistic achievement and distinction, namely, the ‘2007 Ensemble of the Year’, for the recording of Anton Bruckner’s Motets, and the ‘2007 Recording of the Year’, for Franz Liszt’s oratorio Christus. Other recordings made by the Choir have also found enthusiastic reception: Paul von Klenau’s Die Weise von Liebe und Tod des Kornetts Christoph Rilke was nominated for the prestigious DANISH P2 MUSIC PRIZE in the category ‘2008 Symphonic Recording of the Year’, while Bernd Alois Zimmermann’s Requiem für einen jungen Dichter was awarded the PREIS DER DEUTSCHEN SCHALLPLATTENKRITIK (the German Record Reviewers’ Prize) in January 2009. In September 2011, the eminent Japanese Geijutsu Disc Review awarded the Czech Philharmonic Choir of Brno its prestigious ‘TOKUSEN’ Mark or Honor for its live recording of Dvořák’s Requiem.
The Choir’s Artistic Director and Choir Master is Petr Fiala (1943); he founded the Choir in 1990 and subsequently guided it to its present position as one of Europe’s elite choral ensembles.
The activities of the Czech Philharmonic Choir of Brno are generously supported by the Region of Southern Moravia, the City of Brno, and the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic.