One of the most esteemed Polish choirs. Winner of L’Orphée d’Or 2015 awarded by Académie du Disque Lyrique in Paris, nominated to Fryderyk 2015 prize and the Gold Record.
Poznan Chamber Choir combines the best Polish choral traditions with passion and open attitude to art. The ensemble is celebrated both nationally and internationally for excellent musical interpretations originating in its quest for the deepest sources of inspiration.
The choir was established in 2005 by Bartosz Michałowski – currently the director of the Choir of the National Philharmonic, at that time the assistant to Prof. Stefan Stuligrosz, founder of the famous “Poznan Nightingales” Boys´ and Men´s Choir of the Poznań Philharmonic. Conducting experience acquired during numerous concerts with this titled choir played a crucial role in the establishment of the young artist’s own ensemble, which soon found recognition among organizers of prominent competitions and festivals.
Winner of Grand Prix Awards at major choir competitions, the ensemble has also earned a number of special prizes in the best conductor, best vocal technique, and best performance of contemporary music categories. The spectacular success enjoyed by the choir at the prestigious Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, opened the doors to other remarkable festivals. Since then Poznan Chamber Choir has frequently participated in various events, including: Transatlantyk Festival, Nostalgia Festival, Oratorio Music Festival Musica Sacromontana, International Festival of Sacred Music Gaude Mater, International Festival of Contemporary Music “Poznańska Wiosna Muzyczna”, Lower Silesian Music Festival or Mikołów Music Days.
Poznan Chamber Choir was the first Polish ensemble to perform with the legendary Concerto Köln and Irish Baroque Orchestra. The ensemble also gave joint concerts with Poznań Philharmonic Orchestra, Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Lower Silesia Philharmonic Orchestra, Gorzów Philharmonic Orchestra, Czech Virtuosi and the legendary blues band Dżem. The ensemble cooperated with numerous distinguished conductors, including Paul McCreesh, Krzysztof Penderecki, Marek Pijarowski, Łukasz Borowicz, Paweł Przytocki, Marcin Nałęcz-Niesiołowski, Leonard Slatkin and Monika Wolińska.
The ensemble’s broad repertoire consists of a cappella works of various epochs, beginning with Requiem by Ockeghem, through masterpieces of the Baroque composers, to pieces written by contemporary authors, such as Penderecki, Górecki, Łukaszewski, Lauridsen, Whitacre or Pärt. The choir regularly performs vocal-instrumental works. Each year it also gives premiere performances of various musical pieces.
Poznan Chamber Choir has recorded 14 CDs.