Czech Philharmonic Choir, Brno
The Czech Philharmonic Choir Brno was founded in 1990. Despite its short history it has already been ranged among the best and most sought-after professional ensembles in Europe. The choir specializes in oratorios, cantatas and recently also in opera repertoire of all periods. Its rising artistic quality is reflected in the intensive concert activity both in the Czech Republic and abroad (represented by more than 70 concerts every year).
The choir has been performing with major local and foreign orchestras and conductors (e.g. Petr Altrichter, Jiří Bělohlávek, Leoš Svárovský, Zdeněk Mácal, Vladimír Válek, Libor Pešek, Jakub Hrůša, Jakub Klecker, Juraj Valčuha, Sir Charles Mackerras, Leopold Hager, Enoch zu Guttenberg, Marc Soustrot, Lawrence Foster, Carlos Kalmar, Roman Kofman, Charles Dutoit, Mario Venzago, Hugh Wolff, Aldo Ceccato, Jean-Claude Casadesus, Georg Schmöhe, Bertrand de Billy, Dennis Rousell Davies, Zubin Mehta, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Kurt Masur, Isaac Karabschevsky, Emanuel Krivine, Yakob Kreizberg, Gabriel Feltz, Ralf Weikert, Kristjan Järvi, Paavo Järvi, Neeme Järvi, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Walter Weller, Christoph Eschenbach, Simone Young, Andres Orosco-Estrada, Stephan Blunier, Wilson Hermanto, Marek Janowski, Steven Sloane, Manfred Honeck, Mark Junk, Hooman Khalatbari, Sir Simon Rattle, Iván Fischer, Christian Thielemann and others.
It appears regularly at international festivals and concerts in Vienna, Linz, Munich, Luzern, Basel, Frankfurt, London – BBC Proms, Wiesbaden-Eberbach, Lübeck, Passau, Milan, Roma, Vatican, Paris, Rennes, Nantes, Angers, Nürnberg, Dresden, Oviedo, Prague, Brno, Ostrava, Olomouc, Litomyšl, České Budějovice, Český Krumlov etc.
The choir has recorded CDs for Panton, Supraphon, Farao, KOCH International, Sony Classical, Ultraphon, Arco Diva, Chesky-Records New York, Pronto, Antiphona, PAN Classics, Musikproduktion Dabringhaus, Discantica and others.
The founder, artistic director and conductor of the choir is Petr Fiala, a graduate of the Brno Conservatory and the Janáček Academy of Performing Arts. Besides his activities as a teacher (at the Brno Conservatory) and composer (author of more than 180 compositions) he has been active also as a conductor for 30 years. The assistant of the choirmaster Petr Fiala is Jan Ocetek.
The Czech Philharmonic Choir Brno is starring among the top international artists at the prestigious German annual award ECHO KLASSIK 2007. From 3000 competed recordings the Choir has been awarded in two categories. Firstly “The best Vocal Ensemble of the year 2007″ for the recording of Motets by Anton Bruckner and secondly “Recording of the year 2007″ for the recording of oratorio Christus by Franz Liszt in cooperation with Beethoven Orchester Bonn. In 2007 prizes were awarded in 21 categories to such distinguished artists of the music world such as Mariss Jansons, Anna Netrebko or Berliner Philharmoniker.
In 2009 was the choir awarded Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik, and in 2010 two MIDEM Classical Awards (Recording of the Year and Chorwerke) for CD Requiem for a Young Poet by Bernd Alois Zimmermann.
September 2011 Japanese musicweb Geijutsu Disc Review awarded the choir´s recording of Dvořák´s Requiem by the TOKUSEN award – which means Exclusive Recommendation.
The Czech Philharmonic Choir Brno cooperated in many interesting projects in 2013 – concerts in France - Salle Pleyel in Paris, Lille, summer festivals in Chaise Dieu and Vézelay, Rheingau Musikfestival with Verdi Requiem and Leoš Svárovský.
Further on concerts with Staatskapelle Dresden and Christian Thielemann (R. Wagner Liebesmahl der Aposteln) , concert in München Gasteig (R. Wagner Rienzi), Berliner Philharmoniker and Sir Simon Rattle (Janáček Glagolitic Mass), Budapest Festival Orchester and Iván Fischer (Dvořák Requiem), RAI Torino and Juraj Valčuha (Verdi Requiem), Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra (Verdi Quatro pezzi sacri), RSO Frankfurt and Mathias Pintscher (G. Mahler Symphony No. VIII and B.A. Zimmermann Requiem für den jungen Dichter), and Stuttgarter Philharmoniker under the leadership of Christoph König.
In 2014 – the Year of Czech Music – the Czech Philharmonic Choir Brno has invitations to such interesting projects as Wagner Festival Wels (reinvitation to Fliegender Holländer with Prof. Ralf Weikert), concerts in Vienna with Wiener Akademie (Missa Solemnis with Prof. Martin Haselböck), Prague Symphony Orchestra and Helmut Rilling, Budapest Festival Orchester and Ivan Fischer (A.Dvořák Requiem,Rusalka), RSO Frankfurt with Eliahu Inbal, Konzerthausorchester Berlin with Dmitrij Kitajenko (Rachmaninov Bells), Liége Royal Philharmonic and Christian Arming (Janáček Glagolitic Mass), Tonkünstler-Orchester Niederösterreich and Jun Märkl (Bruckner Mass in E minor and motets).
The choir will perform also in Poland (Poznań ,Warszawa – Missa solemnis with Poznań Philharmonic and Jérémie Rhorer), Germany – Rheingau Musikfestival (Berlioz Romeo and Juliet with Leoš Svárovský).And ,of course,at home – with PKF – Prague Philharmonia, Brno Philharmonic with Petr Altrichter and Zdeněk Mácal, Czech Philharmonic with Manfred Honeck etc..
The activities of the Czech Philharmonic Choir of Brno are made possible thanks to the generous sponsorship of the Southern Moravia Region, Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic and Statutory City of Brno.