The Monteverdi Choir is one of the most famous singing groups in Germany. Founded in 1955 by Jürgen Jürgens as a choir of the Italian Cultural Institute in Hamburg, since 1961 it has been the chamber choir of the University of Hamburg. The diverse repertoire of the choir includes a rich palette of choral music from the Renaissance to the present day. Recordings on records and CDs, awarded many awards, as well as the first prizes of prestigious international competitions, made the Monteverdi Choir famous all over the world. The tour routes of the band ran in Europe, the Middle and Far East, Latin America, the USA and Australia.
Since 1994, the well-known choir conductor from Leipzig, Gotthart Stier, has been the artistic director of the Monteverdi Choir. In his work, the maestro preserves the traditions of the group as an a’ cappella choir, but at the same time expands its repertoire by performing vocal and symphonic classics. A number of works have been recorded on CD in collaboration with renowned orchestras such as the Halle Philharmonic, the Middle German Chamber Orchestra, the Neues Bachisches Collegium Musicum and the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra.
Significant milestones in the work of G. Stir with the choir were performances at festivals in Jerusalem and Nazareth, the Handel festivals in Halle and Göttingen, the Bach Festival and the Mendelssohn Music Days in Leipzig, the Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania festival, the Tuba Mirum festival of early music in St. Petersburg; tours in the countries of Central and South America, China, Latvia, Lithuania; recitals at the famous Thomaskirche in Leipzig. The Monteverdi Choir performed Beethoven’s “Solemn Mass”, Handel’s “Messiah”, Monteverdi’s “Vespers of the Virgin Mary”, F. Mendelssohn’s oratorios “Elijah” and “Paul” (including the premiere of the oratorio “Paul” in Israel), cantata Stabat Mater J. Rossini and D. Scarlatti, cycles “Four Spiritual Chants” by G. Verdi, “Songs of the Prison” by L. Dallapiccola, “Seven Gates of Jerusalem” Ksh. Penderecki, the unfinished Requiem by M. Reger and many other works.
Source: Moscow Philharmonic website