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.

Performances with the RNO

September 2013

In Russia

10 Tue

Tchaikovsky Concert Hall

Moscow

Russia

Location

Program

Massenet
Marie-Magdeleine, Oratorio for Choir, Orchestra and Soloists

 

Concert Sponsor

Conductor:

Mikhail Pletnev

Guest Artists:

Moscow Chamber Choir (Minin Choir)

Micaela Carosi, Soprano

Gregory Warren, Tenor

Ksenia Vyaznikova, Mezzo-soprano

Nikolai Kazansky, Bass-baritone

Moscow State Academic Chamber Choir

2013 RNO Grand Festival

April 2013

In Russia

18 Thu

Great Hall, Moscow Conservatory

Moscow

Russia

Location

Program

Taneyev
At the Reading of a Psalm
Conductor:

Mikhail Pletnev

Guest Artist:

Moscow State Academic Chamber Choir

2012-2013 Season

February 2012

In Russia

03 Fri

Great Hall, Moscow Conservatory

Moscow

Russia

Location

Program

Mozart
Requiem
Exsultate, jubilate
Ave, verum corpus
Conductor:

Vladimir Minin

Guest Artists:

Yevgenia Sorokina, Soprano

Joann Lunn, Soprano

Olivia Vermeulen, Mezzo-soprano

James Gilchrist, Tenor

Yorck Felix Speer, Bass

Moscow State Academic Chamber Choir

2011-2012 Season

December 2011

In Russia

05 Mon

Tchaikovsky Concert Hall

Moscow

Russia

Location

Program

Concert for the 220th Anniversary of Mozart's Death

Mozart
Exsultate, jubilate
Ave, verum corpus
Requiem
Conductor:

Vladimir Minin

Guest Artists:

Moscow State Academic Chamber Choir

Yevgenia Sorokina, Soprano

Bella Kabanova, Soprano

Margarita Nekrasova, Mezzo-soprano

Sergei Dudinsky, Tenor

Andrei Borisenko, Bass

Margarita Vysotskaya, Organ

2011-2012 Season

September 2011

In Russia

18 Sun

Tchaikovsky Concert Hall

Moscow

Russia

In Russia

11 Sun

Tchaikovsky Concert Hall

Moscow

Russia

Location

Program

Shostakovich
Symphony No. 13 for Bass, Bass Choir and Orchestra
Bernstein
Symphony No. 3 ("Kaddish")
Conductor:

Thomas Sanderling

Guest Artists:

Sergei Leiferkus, Baritone

Maria Bulgakova, Soprano

Yurlov State Academic Choir

Moscow State Academic Chamber Choir

Vesna Children's Choir

Samuel Pisar, Narrator

2011 RNO Grand Festival

February 2011

In Russia

28 Mon

Tchaikovsky Concert Hall

Moscow

Russia

Location

Program

Brahms
A German Requiem
Conductor:

Mikhail Pletnev

Guest Artists:

Venera Gimadieva, Soprano

Konstantin Shushakov, Baritone

Moscow State Academic Chamber Choir

2010-2011 Season

January 2011

In Russia

21 Fri

Orchestrion

Moscow

Russia

Location

Program

Handel
Hallelujah Chorus
Mozart
Exsultate, jubilate
Schubert
Mass in G
Conductor:

Vladimir Minin

Guest Artists:

Yevgenia Sorokina, Soprano

Irina Nikolskaya, Mezzo-Soprano

Moscow State Academic Chamber Choir

2010-2011 Season

November 2010

In Russia

06 Sat

Concert Hall

Krasnoyarsk

Russia

Location

  • Concert Hall
  • Time: 7 PM

Program

Taneyev
John of Damascus
Three Choirs from "12 Choirs based on Poems by Polonsky"
Sviridov
Pushkin's Wreath (fragments of the choir concerto)
Beethoven
Symphony No. 9
Conductor:

Mikhail Pletnev

Guest Artists:

Andrei Borisenko, Bass

Yevgenia Sorokina, Soprano

Moscow State Academic Chamber Choir

2010-2011 Season

September 2010

In Russia

12 Sun

Tchaikovsky Concert Hall

Moscow

Russia

Location

Program

GALA CONCERT
Taneyev
St. John of Damascus Cantata
Beethoven
Symphony No. 9
Conductor:

Mikhail Pletnev

Guest Artists:

Moscow State Academic Chamber Choir

Dinara Alieva, Soprano

Evez Bakhashali Abdullayev, Baritone

Mass Choir "500 Voices"

2010 RNO Grand Festival

June 2009

In Russia

12 Fri

House of Unions

Moscow

Russia

Location

April 2009

In Russia

10 Fri

Tchaikovsky Concert Hall

Moscow

Russia

Location

Program

Haydn
Symphony No. 49 (La Passione)
Beethoven
Christ at the Mount of Olives


Sponsored by:

Conductor:

Mikhail Pletnev

Guest Artists:

Akiko Suwanai, Violin

Paul Nilon, Tenor

Andzhei Beletsky, Baritone

Moscow State Academic Chamber Choir

Simone Kermes, Soprano

2008-2009 Season

February 2009

In Russia

19 Thu

Tchaikovsky Concert Hall

Moscow

Russia

Location

Program

Bizet
Carmen


Sponsored by:

Conductor:

Mikhail Pletnev

Guest Artists:

Beatrice Uria-Monzon, Mezzo-soprano

Moscow State Academic Chamber Choir

2008-2009 Season

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