Latvian Radio Choir

The Latvian Radio Choir is a full-time professional chamber choir founded in 1940. Chief Conductor Sigvards K?ava and Conductor Kaspars Putni?š have been leading the Choir since 1992. The Choir’s repertoire extends from the Renaissance to the present day, and its main focus is on exploring the capabilities of the human voice and seeking to push its limits. A major part of the repertoire is dedicated to contemporary music and composers of the 20th and 21st centuries. The Choir is also open to creative experiments and often participates in dramatic performances and multimedia projects. The Choir regularly commissions works from leading Latvian composers such as P?teris Vasks and ?riks Ešenvalds. In addition to its frequent engagements with the Latvian Radio, the Choir has made numerous internationally critically acclaimed CDs, including a series of a dozen albums in association with Le Festival de Radio France et Montpellier. Recently, the Choir has collaborated with such outstanding artists and ensembles as Stephen Layton, Tõnu Kaljuste, Lars Ulrik Mortensen and Concerto Copenhagen, Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra. The Choir frequently performs at festivals, for example at the Montpellier Radio festival in France, the Austrian Klangspuren festival, the Baltic Sea Festival, TENSO Days and the Haarlem Choir Biennale. The Latvian Radio Choir is a five-time recipient of the Great Music Award of the Latvian government and a founding member of TENSO, a European exchange and research network for professional chamber choirs.

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