Tenso Europe Chamber Choir
Launched during Riga 2014 Cultural Capital City, Tenso Europe Chamber Choir is an initiative of Tenso Network Europe and conductor Kaspars Putniņš of the Latvian Radio Choir. The choir brings together Europe’s most talented young professional singers for a summer project of coaching and performances providing young singers a valuable experience of what it is like to be part of a professional vocal ensemble.
After the huge success of the European Youth Orchestra, Tenso Europe Chamber Choir is the first pan-European professional choir. The repertoire is varied and brings out all facets of choral singing, such as William Bryd, Monteverdi, J.S. Bach, Mendelssohn, Brahms, Ravel, Reger, Frank Martin, György Ligeti, Arvo Pärt, Jonathan Harvey, Jan Sandström, Rytis Mazulis and Martins Vilums.
The choir won huge plaudits for the inaugural concerts in Riga, Helsinki and Tallinn as well as at the Europa Cantat Festival in Pecs, in Paris and the Netherlands. In 2016 the choir appeared with Kaspars Putnins in Paris and the Netherlands as well as with Paul Hillier in Helsinki and Tallinn. 2017 saw concerts in Ljubljana, Lochem among others.
Kaspars Putniņš is permanent conductor of the Latvian Radio Choir since 1994. From the season 2014/15 he was appointed as Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir. Since 2013 he is Conductor of the Tenso Europe Chamber Choir.
The Latvian conductor regularly appears with the RIAS Kammerchor, NDR Radio Choir Hamburg, SWR Vokalensemble Stuttgart, Swedish Radio Choir, Danish National Vocal Ensemble and Choir and Netherlands Radio Choir.
Whilst Kaspars Putniņš' work encompasses a wide range of choral repertoire from the polyphony of the Renaissance period through to romantic music, his foremost goal has always been to promote new outstanding choral music. He has forged close relationships with many Baltic and Nordic composers including, Maija Einfelde, Mārtiņš Viļums, Gundega Šmite, Toivo Tulev, Lasse Thoresen, Gavin Bryars and Andris Dzenitis and has set standards with his interpretations. Putniņš has initiated several drama projects in collaboration with visual and theatre artists.
His discography includes recordings of Peteris Vasks' Mate Saule for BIS Records, Jonathan Harvey's The Angels for Hyperion, works by Bryars, Vasks, Esenvalds, Maskats and Silvestrov, all with the Latvian Radio Choir as well as the CD New Latvian Harvest with contemporary Latvian music with the Latvian Radio Chamber Singers. He has also recorded Rachmaninov's The Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom with the Flemish Radio Choir for Glossa. BIS Records released Rachmaninov Vespers with the Netherlands Chamber Choir.
In recent years, Putniņš has worked extensively with young singers and conductors in various projects and masterclasses, such as Bachakademie Stuttgart, Kurt Thomas course, Vocaal Talent and Meesters & Gezellen.
Kaspars Putniņš is recipient of the Latvian Grand Prix of Music and the Latvian Council of Ministers Award for Achievements in Culture and Science.