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The Association of Symphony Orchestras and Choirs of the Czech Republic

Philharmonic Choir

The Prague Philharmonic Choir is a first-class vocal ensemble and a renowned representative of Czech music worldwide. Among its concert partners of the are the world’s top orchestras, e. g. the Berlin Philharmonic, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Vienna Philharmonic, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Boston and San Francisco Symphony Orchestras, and the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra. The most frequent partners of the ensemble are the Czech Philharmonic, with whom it performs both in Prague and on international stages, the Prague Symphony Orchestra and the Prague Philharmonia. Regular cooperation with legendary conductors, namely Václav Talich, Karel Ančerl, Rafael Kubelík, Václav Neumann, Giuseppe Sinopoli, Sir Charles Mackerras, Claudio Abbado, Riccardo Muti, Pierre Boulez, Seiji Ozawa, Zubin Mehta, Kurt Masur, Sir Simon Rattle, Michael Tilson Thomas and Jiří Bělohlávek among others, has helped the Prague Philharmonic Choir to achieve its outstanding artistic quality. The choir also encounters the younger generation of conductors, currently represented by Jakub Hrůša and Tomáš Netopil.

The choir was established in 1935 as an ensemble of the Czechoslovak Radio. What was originally an amateur body gradually developed into a professional choir and in 1953 it was integrated into the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra. Since 1990 the Prague Philharmonic Choir has been an independent music entity, currently led by the talented young conductor Lukáš Vasilek. It is a flexible vocal ensemble and its repertoire is very broad, which is reflected in its recent engangements. In 2010 the Prague Philharmonic Choir took part in the production of Verdi’s opera Aida at the Bregenz Festival in Austria, also relayed to cinemas across Europe. This year, the ensemble has won plaudits for its interpretation of Dvořák’s Stabat Mater in a concert with the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra and the conductor Manfred Honeck, and for participating in the new production of Wagner’s Parsifal at the National Theatre in Prague. The choir celebrated the Mahler aniversary by a series of performances of the composer’s monumental ‘Symphony of a Thousand’ together with the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra and Christoph Eschenbach at the Prague Spring Festival and at concerts in Hannover and Hamburg. In summer 2011, the choir was a guest at the festivals in Bregenz and St. Gallen, and in Israel it joined the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by the celebrated Zubin Mehta, in Gurrelieder by Arnold Schönberg.

managing director: Mgr. Radim Dolanský
Senovážné náměstí 23, 110 00 Praha 1, tel.: +420 224 267 538, fax: +420 224 267 538

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