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St. Petersburg Chamber Choir (Choir)

 The Saint-Petersburg Chamber Choir was created in February 1977 by Nikolai Kornev, the professor of Saint-Petersburg Conservatory. The Choir is known and loved not only in Russia but also far beyond its borders. The cleanness and the freshness of its sound, the precision in reading of choral scores and in the same time emotionality and incredible intonation could not leave the audience indifferent. In 1979 the Choir successfully performed on the worldwide known Festival «Leningrad Musical Spring». Since that time choir’s creative life, filled of interesting events, always successful, had began. Its efficiency is impressive: the Choir takes part in many concerts in Leningrad Philharmony and Capella, participates in various musical festivals, records music for more than ten theater performances and for twenty eight movies.

   Naturally the Choir achieved a worldwide success. The Saint-Petersburg Chamber Choir is a laureate of the fore international competitions and the holder of five prestigious rewards: Debrezen (Hungary), Marktoberdorf (Germany), Arezzo (Italy). During the tour over Italy the Choir was received by Pope Johann Paul II. The concert in Vatican lasted more than one hour and extremely impressed the audience.

   It is hard to mention all the festivals the Choir took part in and all the rewards and prizes. Nowadays the Choir is a permanent participant of the Festival «Stars of White Nights» under the guidance of Valery Guerguiev. In the same time, the Choir itself is the organizer of the Saint-Petersburg international Festival of choral music. Eighteen choral collectives from Russia, Germany, Denmark, Italy, Switzerland, Spain, the USA etc. participated in the Festival. During this years the Festival gained many friends and admirers over the world. The Festival also exists in Germany and Great Britain catalogues of the Europe main musical festivals.

   The repertoire of the Saint-Petersburg Chamber Choir under the guidance of Nikolai Kornev includes more than 300 concert programs which embrace pieces from the Renaissance epoch up to our time. Such pieces as Schubert’s «Stabat Mater», Percell’s «King Arthur», Gretchaninov’s «Eucumenic mass» were performed in Russia for the first time in execution of the Saint-Petersburg Chamber Choir. Many modern composers write especially for this collective and entrust to the Choir to present their pieces for the first time to the audience.

   One of the very interesting and unexpected branches of the Choir’s activities is its capacity to be an opera choir. For example, in Paris, in Chatelet there was a performance of «Eugene Oneguin» with the Orchestre de Paris and with an international team of soloists: D.Hvorostovsky, O.Borodina, I.Arkhipova, N.Chikoff, N. Fucille and others. The Choir collaborated with many famous conductors: G.Rozhdestvensky, V.Guerguiev, M.Pletnev, V.Aschkenazi, sir G.Sholty. The public, standing, acclaimed the Choir in the Koln Philharmonic, Saint-Estache Cathedral, Ottobeuren basilica and in many others famous cathedrals and concert halls of the Europe.

   In November 1996 the Choir had a very successful tour over the USA due to one of the leading concert agencies - «Columbia Artist Management International». The public was impressed by Choir’s solo-concerts and with D.Hvorostovsky. The main American’s news papers published a rapturous reviews about an amazing beauty and emotionality of Russian music and about a big talent of its artists.

   The Saint-Petersburg Chamber Choir under the guidance of Nikolai Kornev makes many records. Its collaboration with Philips Classic was especially lucky, there are ten Choir’s CD made with this firm: «Eugene Oneguin», «Vespers», «Liturgy», «Russian Easter music», «Russian Christmas», «Credo» with D.Hvorostovsky. Rahmaninov’s «Vespers» had a biggest success and the Choir obtained a «Grammy» diploma in 1995 for this disc.

   The Saint-Petersburg Chamber Choir is twenty years old and it is a mature, successful musical collective but its soul is still young, and the Choir is full of interesting projects.

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