The Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks (Bavarian Radio Choir) was founded in 1946. Its artistic upswing took place parallel to the development of the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks (Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra). Since 2003, Mariss Jansons has been chief conductor of both the choir and the orchestra.
In 2005, Peter Dijkstra was appointed artistic director and has since presented a variety of programmes in collaboration with both orchestras of the Bavarian Radio in the subscription series given by the choir. The main focus has been on contemporary vocal music, as well as the collaboration with early-music specialist orchestras, such as the Concerto Köln (Concerto Cologne) and the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin (Academy for Ancient Music Berlin).
Thanks to its exceptional degree of homogeneity and stylistic range – which embraces all fields of choral singing, from medieval motets to contemporary works, and from oratorio to opera – the ensemble enjoys an exceptional reputation world-wide.
The choir has given guest performances in Japan, as well as at festivals in Bonn, Bremen, Luzern and Salzburg. Top European orchestras, such as the Berlin Philharmonic, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Amsterdam, the Staatskapelle Dresden from Saxony, and the Bamberg Symphonic-Bavarian State Philharmonic all enjoy working with the Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks. In recent years, the choir has performed with renowned conductors such as Claudio Abbado, Andris Nelsons, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Ulf Schirmer, Herbert Blomstedt, Bernard Haitink, Riccardo Muti, and Christian Thielemann. The Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks also sets new interpretive accents with contemporary music at the musica viva concerts as well as in the “Paradisi gloria” series with the Münchner Rundfunkorchester.