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Salzburger Bachchor

The Salzburg Bach Choir was founded in 1983 and soon came to prominence as one of Austria’s leading vocal ensembles. During the last ten years it has additionally acquired an international reputation. Since 2003 its artistic director has been Alois Glaßner. The choir appears regularly at the Salzburg Festival, where it has been acclaimed at numerous concerts as well as in opera productions. Highlights have included Mozart’s Idomeneo, Handel’s Theodora and the world premiere of Thomas Adès’s The Exterminating Angel in 2016. The choir also appears regularly at the Salzburg Mozart Week Festival, its most recent opera engagements there having been Lucio Silla and Orfeo ed Euridice. Guest appearances have taken the ensemble to the Musikverein in Vienna, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Konzerthaus in Berlin, the Handel Festivals in Halle and Göttingen, the Enescu Festival in Bucharest and the Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic as well as to France, Italy, Greece, Spain and Switzerland.

Thanks to its flexible resources and stylistic versatility the Salzburg Bach Choir is able to explore a wide-ranging repertoire extending from the vocal polyphony of the Renaissance to the great oratorios of the Baroque, Classical and Romantic periods and to 20th-century works. But the choir has also been acclaimed for its performances of contemporary music, including the world premieres of works by Georg Friedrich Haas and Mauricio Sotelo.

In addition to its focus on Mozart, the Salzburg Bach Choir has also specialized in recent years in a cappella works and organizes a series of concerts each autumn to explore this particular repertoire. Here, too, the choir’s range extends over five centuries, and its performances of Thomas Tallis’s forty-part motet Spem in alium in St Peter’s Church in Salzburg in the summer have received just as much acclaim as its readings of works by György Ligeti and Beat Furrer at the Dialogues Festival organized by the International Mozarteum Foundation.

The Salzburg Bach Choir has appeared with many outstanding conductors and with orchestras of the eminence of the Vienna Philharmonic, the Mozarteum Orchestra, the Salzburg Camerata, Les Musiciens du Louvre, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela. The choir has worked closely over many years with Ivor Bolton, Leopold Hager, Andrés Orozco-Estrada, Adam Fischer and Ingo Metzmacher.

Current as of May 2017

 Salzburger Bachchor, ©  Salzburger Bachchor/Chris Rogl

Salzburger Bachchor, © Salzburger Bachchor/Chris Rogl


Salzburger Bachchor