SWR Vokalensemble Stuttgart
The SWR Vokalensemble is one of the top international ensembles for contemporary music. For many years, the chamber choir has dedicated itself to the exemplary performance and development of vocal music with passion and supreme vocal competence. The instrumental sound culture and the enormous vocal and stylistic flexibility of the singers are unique and fascinate not only the audience in the international concert halls, but also the composers.
Since many years, the ensemble has awarded several commissions to the choir each year. The SWR Vokalensemble has premiered more than 250 new choral works, often making the impossible possible and making the unthinkable conceivable. In addition to contemporary music, the SWR Vocal Ensemble is dedicated above all to the demanding choral works of Romanticism and Classical Modernism.
Since 2003, Marcus Creed has been Artistic Director of the SWR Vokalensemble. Under his leadership, the choir has received numerous awards for its chamber music interpretation culture and stylistically confident interpretations, including four times with the ECHO Klassik.
His passion for New Vocal Music is passed on to the choir in his academy, his sponsored choir and school projects as well as specially designed children's and youth concerts. For the quality of his music mediation work, it has received several awards, i.a. with the "Young Ears Prize", the "ECHO Klassik für Kinder" and the "Leopold" media award.
The SWR Vokalensemble mostly performs in Baden-Württemberg and Rhineland-Palatinate. In addition, the ensemble is also a guest at renowned festivals and on international concert stages.
Marcus Creed conductor
The English conductor Marcus Creed began his studies at King’s College in Cambridge, where he had the opportunity to sing in the famed King’s College Choir. Further studies took him to Christ Church in Oxford and the Guildhall School in London.
Stations along his way have been the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Hochschule der Künste as well as the Gruppe Neue Musik and the Scharoun Ensemble. In 1987 he was appointed Artistic Director of the RIAS Kammerchor, which won numerous international awards under his direction. In 1998, he accepted a call to take up the position of professor of conducting at the Musikhochschule in Köln.
Since 2003, Marcus Creed has been the Artistic Director of the SWR Vokalensemble, where he is particularly eager to realize outstanding compositions of the recent past, including works by Luigi Nono, György Kurtág, Wolfgang Rihm and Heinz Holliger.
Marcus Creed is a sought-after guest conductor of special ensembles of Early Music and New Music. Since 2015 he is also Principal Conductor of the Vocal Ensemble of Danish Radio.
His CD releases have received international accolades for their stylistic and sound-sensitive interpretations, including the German Record Critics' Award, the Edison Award, the Diapason d'Or, the Cannes Classical Award and the ECHO Klassik.