Florian Helgath Conductor
Florian Helgath is emerging as one of the leading choral conductors of the young generation. Since 2011 Florian Helgath has been Artistic Director of the Chorwerk Ruhr. Since 2017 he is also Artistic Director of the Zürcher Sing-Akademie. With these vocal ensembles he creates choir music of all periods on the highest level both in A cappella and with orchestras.
Florian Helgath has held the position as conductor of the Danish National Choir from 2009 to 2015. In addition he was Artistic Director of the Via Nova Choir Munich from 2008 to 2016. With this ensemble he has conducted numerous acclaimed first performances and has been awarded with international prizes.
Florian Helgath is also a regular guest conductor of the SWR Vokalensemble, RIAS Kammerchor, MDR Leipzig Radio Choir, Choir of the Bavarian Radio, Vocalconsort Berlin, Netherlands Radio Choir, Choeur de Radio France, Flemish Radio Choir, Norwegian Soloists’ Choir, Warsaw Philharmonic Choir among others and collaborates with orchestras as Concerto Köln, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, B’Rock Orchestra, Orchestra La Scintilla, Brussels Philharmonic, Münchner Rundfunkorchester, WDR Funkhausorchester, Münchner Symphoniker, Bochumer Symphoniker, Dortmunder Philharmoniker, Berner Kammerorchester, Odense Symphony, Danish Chamber Orchestra and Ensemble Resonanz.
Concerts led him to major concert halls and festivals as the Berliner Festspiele, Schwetzingen Festival, Audi Summer Concerts, Eclat Festival Stuttgart, Thüringer Bachwochen and particularly to the Ruhrtriennale with contemporary opera performances and numerous manifold projects. In addition to A cappella projects, Florian Helgath's focus is increasingly on performances of choral and symphonic repertoire.
Upcoming highlights include guest conducting with the RIAS Kammerchor, Stavanger Symphony & Chorus, Aarhus Symphony & Chorus, Hungarian Radio Choir, South Denmark Philharmonic & Choir, Choeur de Radio France, concerts with Chorwerk Ruhr at Muziekgebouw Amsterdam und deSingel Antwerp among others.
Florian Helgath’s discography includes a number of prize-winning recordings as Praetorius & Italy with RIAS Kammerchor, Capella de la Torre for Sony Classical/deutsche harmonia mundi, Mozart Requiem (version Michael Ostrzyga 2019), Brahms Requiem (piano version) with Chorwerk Ruhr for Coviello Classics, the album Sacred Songs with works by J.S. Bach, Reger, Knut Nystedt with MDR Leipzig Radio Choir, (ICMA Award 2017), Da Pacem: Echo der Reformation with RIAS Kammerchor and Capella de la Torre (ECHO Klassik 2017), Three choirs A cappella by Walter Furrer with Zürcher Sing-Akademie at SRF2 Kultur, music by Palestrina and Wagner with MDR Leipzig Radio Choir, J.S. Mayr Missa in c – Stabat Mater with Orpheus Vokalensemble and Concerto Köln as well as Contemporary A A cappella music with Via Nova Chor. The recording of Tigran Mansurian's Requiem with RIAS Kammerchor prepared by Florian Helgath and the Munich Chamber Orchestra for ECM Records had been nominated for a Grammy in 2018.
In October 2020 Florian Helgath has been appointed as professor at the University of Music and Dance in Cologne, where he teaches choral conducting in Bachelor and Master programmes.
Florian Helgath’s initial experience started as a chorister in his native city with the Regensburger Domspatzen. He studied choral conducting at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Munich and graduated in 2008 with a Masters Degree. Among his most important teachers are Michael Gläser, Stefan Parkman, Dan-Olof Stenlund who influenced him largely in his career as conductor.
As a prizewinner and finalist of the Eric Ericson Award 2006 and Competition for Young Choral Conductors in Budapest 2007, Florian Helgath had drawn the attention of the international choral music scene.
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Capella de la Torre
The Capella de la Torre is proud to be one of the leading ensembles for early wind music worldwide. The group was founded in 2005 by the oboist and shawm specialist Katharina Bäuml, and since then has newly inspired its audiences over and over again in over one thousand concerts, 28 CDs to date, and numerous live recordings. Through these experiences, the ensemble has garnered extensive experience in the music of the fourteenth though seventeenth centuries.
In 2016 Capella was awarded the ECHO Klassik prize in the category "Ensemble of the Year". 2017 the ensemble was again awarded the ECHO Klassik prize for the CD Da Pacem - Echo of the Reformation with the RIAS Kammerchor and Florian Helgath. In 2018 Capella de la Torre is one of the first OPUS Klassik winners - the ensemble was awarded for the album Serata Venexiana. The album Praetorius & Italy together with RIAS Kammerchor and Florian Helgath for deutsche harmonia mundi has been nominated for OPUS KLASSIK 2021.
In order to make the music of past centuries sound fresh for modern ears, current historical and musicological research plays a vital role in Capella de la Torre's programs. Especially important is the work with original sources and texts.
In addition to concerts, another focus of the ensemble is its work with young audiences though numerous outreach and education projects.
Katharina Bäuml oboe & shawn
Katharina Bäuml studied modern oboe, and baroque oboe and historical reed instruments, finishing both degrees with honors at Schola Cantorum in Basel.
Since then she has specialized in myriad areas of early music, but her particular interest has been in wind music of the fifteenth through seventeenth centuries. This interest led her to launch the ensemble "Capella de la Torre" in 2005 which has become the most important German ensemble for Renaissance music. In 2016 Katharine Bäuml won the ECHO Klassik award with Capella de la Torre for their CD "Water Music". In 2017 and 2018 followed a further ECHO Klassik and OPUS Klassik for Da pacem – Echo of the Reformation with the RIAS Kammerchor and Florian Helgath as well as for Serata Venexiana.
In addition to early music, Katharina Bäuml’s interests include contemporary music played on historical instruments, leading to numerous commissions for her ensemble "Duo Mixtura," which have been performed at the Berlin Ultraschall Festival, among others.
As artistic director of several festivals and concert series, Katharina Bäuml continues to initiate projects which connect jazz and the music of the early modern period. Most recently she has assumed the artistic direction of the series "Musica Ahuse" in the Romanesque Cloister Auhausen, where renowned leading early music ensembles perform each year.
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Chorwerk Ruhr is one of Germany’s leading chamber choirs. Founded in 1999, this vocal ensemble has developed into an established beacon of the vocal arts in the German-speaking world. Its most remarkable quality is to be able to satisfy the exacting demands of solo casting and at the same time achieve perfect fusion of the ensemble within a choral sound.
In November 2011 the multi-award-winning conductor Florian Helgath took over as Artistic Director. He regards the focal point of his work as highlighting new choral music in the context of traditional musical forms, thereby enabling the listener to appreciate its innovation against the background of our rich musical history. With this top-class ensemble he produces choral music at the very highest level. The ensemble’s remarkable quality is also evident in the numerous commissioned compositions and world premieres by distinguished contemporary composers that have been achieved in close co-operation with Chorwerk Ruhr’s partners.
Chorwerk Ruhr has established itself as one of the most illustrious artistic names associated with the Ruhr metropolitan region and one of Germany’s top choirs. Since it was founded, the ensemble has performed concerts of music from all periods up to and including the present day with such prominent conductors as George Benjamin, Frieder Bernius, Sylvain Cambreling, Reinhard Goebel, Robin Gritton, Rupert Huber, Susanna Mälkki, Kent Nagano, Peter Neumann, Emilio Pomàrico, Peter Rundel, Marcus Stenz, Bruno Weil and Hans Zender.
In concerts with distinguished orchestras including the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Berliner Philharmoniker, Concerto Köln, Ensemble Resonanz, l’arte del mondo, Ensemble Musikfabrik, the Schönberg Ensemble Amsterdam, Ensemble Modern, the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie, the Bochumer Symphoniker, the SWR Symphony Orchestra of Baden-Baden and Freiburg and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra. Chorwerk Ruhr has consistently delighted audiences and earned excellent reviews. Numerous recordings with WDR and DLF as well as regular appearances at music festivals both in Germany and abroad reflect the popularity of this excellent ensemble. Within the TENSO Network the choir collaborates on an administrative level with professional chamber choirs in all of Europe. Every year Chorwerk Ruhr performs in a special co-operative project as part of the Ruhrtriennale.
Chorwerk Ruhr is an integral part of Kultur Ruhr GmbH, funded by the Ministry of Culture and Science of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia.
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