Dresden Philharmonic Choir

Dresden Philharmonic Choir © Markenfotografie

Dresden Philharmonic Choir © Markenfotografie

The Dresden Philharmonic Choir owes its establishment in 1967 to Kurt Masur who, as Principal Conductor of the Dresden Philharmonic, also wanted to work with a concert choir. In 2017, the Dresden Philharmonic Choir could look back on 50 successful years distinguished by many concerts as well as national and international concert tours. Live radio recordings and CD recordings document the ensemble's quality, sophistication and versatility. In 1989, the choir was honoured with the Art Award of the City of Dresden.

The Philharmonic Choir gives concerts with the Dresden Philharmonic under the direction of the respective principal and guest conductors, engages in cooperation projects with other ensembles and orchestras, and gives guest performances of a capella programmes in and outside of Dresden.
One focus area of the cooperation with the Philharmonic is classic-romantic, symphonic choral music. The overall repertoire of the choir includes choral symphonic works, oratorios and concert performances of operas from all epochs, as well as purely vocal works.

The choir rehearses all year round with its respective choir director as well as with voice coaches. Gunter Berger, Artistic Director of the choir since 2012, stands for stylistic variety: the ensemble presents choir music from the 16th to the 21st century.  
A charitable fundraising association supports the choir financially for special projects.

The Philharmonic Choir has around 80 members at this point in time. New young singers with choir experience and a pre-trained voice are welcome.