Swedish Radio Choir
Swedish Radio Choir is regarded as one of the world’s most well-known and celebrated a cappella ensembles. The vision of the 32 singers is to deploy its exceptional sonic range to place its own special imprint on the A cappella and the choral symphonic repertoire. It is an ensemble in which each individual voice finds its place in a unified artistic expression.
Their repertoire is incredibly rich, with a wide variety of genres and a generous mix of early and contemporary music, and almost everything in-between. In addition to their concerts with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra in Berwaldhallen and their own series of concerts, the Choir is regularly engaged by conductors including Valery Gergiev and Daniel Harding for concerts, tours and recording. Claudio Abbado had invited the choir many times for concerts with the Berlin Philharmonic and Mahler Chamber Orchestra.
In October 2015 the choir captivated the audiences in Japan with standing ovations and sold-out a cappella performances in Tokyo, Hyogo, Karuizawa, Miyazaki as well as in performances with the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra with W.A. Mozart Requiem and Ave verum Corpus, J.S.Bach motet Singet dem Herrn, Arvo Pärt Triodion, Arnold Schönberg Friede auf Erden, Johannes Brahms Fest- und Gedenksprüche, Frank Martin Mass for double choir and György Ligeti Lux aeterna.
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. Future invitations will follow with NDR Chor Hamburg, RIAS Kammerchor, projects with EPCC at Festival de Wallonie, Liège September Festival among others.
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.