Artists biographies
Bamberg Symphony Orchestra Chorus

The Choir was founded in 1993 by Rolf Beck who has been its director since then. Its repertoire spans both the secular and sacred a capella literature and the great choral-orchestral works of the Classical, Romantic and modern eras. Recent focuses of the choir’s work have included Haydn’s “Seasons” and Beethoven’s “Missa solemnis”, and participating in performances of Mahler’s Symphonies Nos. 2, 3 and 8.

Through numerous concerts, radio broadcasts, CDs and television appearances, the Choir has won a high reputation in Bamberg, Germany, and throughout the musical world. Its concert activity takes it to Germany’s musical capitals as well as to Europe’s leading festivals, including the Lucerne and Salzburg Festivals, the Linz Brucknerfest and Prague Spring. Choir members have toured Israel, Japan and South America. The Choir has collaborated with many maestros including the Principal Conductor Jonathan Nott, his predecessor Horst Stein, the Bamberg Symphony’s Honorary Conductor Herbert Blomstedt, the Orchestra’s Principal Guest Conductor Robin Ticciati and its own founder and director Rolf Beck. It has recently renewed partnerships with Sir Roger Norrington, Christoph Eschenbach and Matthias Pintscher.

Membership of the Bamberg Symphony Choir is conditional upon an audition, in which vocal and general musical abilities are tested. Choir members initially prepare works privately and then meet for rehearsal weekends on specific projects. In the near future and during the 2012/2013 season the Choir will take part in several performances by the Bamberg Symphony – Bavarian State Philharmonic for example Beethoven’s Ninth Symphonie.

Bamberg Symphony Orchestra Chorus © Michael Zehe Bamberg Symphony Orchestra Chorus © Michael Zehe

Appearances at the
Beethovenfest 2013