Kammerchor Stuttgart, Germany
The Kammerchor Stuttgart counts as one of the leading ensembles in Europe of its kind. During the more than forty years of its existence, Frieder Bernius has developed the choir into an ensemble which a special stylistic flexibility and a well known sound. Subsequently, this choir was invited to all the major European festivals and famous European concerthalls. The Kammerchor’s repertoire reaches from the 17th until the 21st century. Frieder Bernius and his ensemble have rendered outstanding services to New Music many times. Over 90 gramophone records and CDs featuring the choir have been released by EMI, Sony and Carus, around 40 of which received international record awards. The International Federation for Choral Music invited the ensemble to the 1st, 4th and 10th World Symposium on Choral Music in Vienna, Sydney and Seoul. Invitations to North America (1989 the choir was invited to the National ACDA convention in Louisville) and regular concert tours to Asia and Israel affirm the world-wide reputation of the Kammerchor Stuttgart.
Frieder Bernius, conductor
Frieder Bernius’ successful and long lasting freelance career as a conductor has included both vocal and orchestral engagements: “A combination rarely to be found in one person” as commented by a critique of the recording of the 2nd Symphony by Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy. A close collaboration and detailed work with the individually selected singers and musicians of the ensembles he founded, facilitated the outstanding performances of vocal symphonic works, that have taken him to nearly all major European cities. The founding of the Kammerchor Stuttgart in 1968, the Klassische Philharmonie and the Barockorchester Stuttgart in 1991 as well as the Hofkapelle Stuttgart in 2006 are proof of his versatility as an artist.
Rediscovery of several operas of the 18th century is part of his artistic portfolio just as much as the performance of contemporary composers. His more than 90 CD recordings are well recognized and have been awarded many international record prizes.