Russian National Orchestra

Moscow State Academic Chamber Choir

The Moscow State Academic Chamber Choir was established in 1972 by Professor Vladimir Minin, National Actor of the USSR and State Laureate of the USSR. Today, the Moscow State Chamber Choir is considered to be one of the finest choirs in the world. Its repertoire includes Russian folk and classical music (Rakhmaninov, Tchaikovsky, Mussorgsky, Taneyev, Prokofiev, Shostakovich), West-European classics (Bach, Mozart, Brahms, Vivaldi, Rossini) and works of 20th century composers.

Thanks to Minin and his choir, the spiritual works of many Russian composers, including Rakhmaninov, Chesnokov, Strumsky and Grechaninov, unheard for many long decades, have been revived at the highest professional level. Many outstanding composers, including Sviridov, Schedrin and Gavrilin, wrote works specially for this Choir, and the debuts of such works were hugely significant events: Sviridov Hard Times Songs (2003), Kancheli Little Imber (2004) and Amao Omi (2007), Dashkevich Seven Lightings of the Apocalypse (2006).

In recent years, the Choir has broken new creative ground with its operatic performances, including Rubinshtein's Demon, Mussorgsky's Khovanshchina, Verdi's Troubadour and Ball-masquerade, Puccini's Boheme, Rimsky-Korsakov's The Tsar Bride and Golden Peacock, and Bernstein musical West Side Story. Over the years, the Choir has collaborated with the finest symphonies, orchestras, musicians and conductors, including Arkhipova, Obraztsova, Vedernikov, Nesterenko, Sotkilava, Spivakov, Bashmet, Pletnev, Fedoseev, Temirkanov, Gorenshtein, Sondetskis and others.

The Choir has recorded more than 30 CDs. In 2003, Deutsche Grammophon released the Choir's CD Russian Voices, which included compositions a capella by Taneyev, Sviridov, Mussorgsky and Prokofiev.

The choir has for many years collaborated with the Russian National Orchestra, including at the First RNO Grand Festival in 2009. In March 2005, in London, the Choir and RNO performed Taneyev's two cantata's, At the Reading of a Psalm and John of Damascus, under baton of Mikhail Pletnev, to great acclaim from the British press.