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Chorus Viennensis was founded in 1952 as a male choir consisting only of former members of the Vienna Boys' Choir.

Over the years the Chorus Viennensis has performed - mostly in cooperation with the Vienna Boys' Choir - many concerts in Austria and abroad (USA, Canada, Japan, Mexico, Venezuela, and many European countries) singing mainly programs of sacred music under the direction of many outstanding conductors (for more information see Rückblick [retrospect]).

One of the exceptional early events was the performance of St Matthew's Passion under the direction of Ferdinand Grossmann (Vienna Imperial Chapel, 1958). In the 60s and 70s records were produced and concerts were given with music mainly by Bach (passions, cantatas, etc.) under the direction of Hans Gillesberger and Nikolaus Harnoncourt. This had a significant impact on the development of the choir. Some of these recordings were awarded international prizes as e.g. the Grand Prix du Disque.

Ever since 1970 the Chorus Viennensis has been rehearsing - apart from the activities with the Vienna Boys' Choir - a repertoire for male voices and has found recognition and applause of the audience as well as of critics and the media.

In 1988 the International "Franz Schubert" Competition for Male Choirs took place in Vienna and choirs of seven countries participated. The Chorus Viennensis (under the direction of Guido Mancusi) was not only awarded the First Prize but also the Schubert Interpretation Prize, donated by the city of Vienna.

In addition to many concert and record invitations (see Diskografie [discography], for the complete discography in PDF-form click here) the Chorus Viennensis was awarded the Mozart Interpretation Prize by the Austrian Ministry of Arts and Sciences in 1992.

The consistent musical education as a member of the Vienna Boys' Choir and the constant education by outstanding directors are the main reason of the choir's international success.

For the next performances of the Chorus Viennensis see Termine [dates].

For photographs and logos (in different forms or sizes) to be used in programs of concerts or info for the press etc. see Presseinfo [pressinfo].
Below you can look at a biography of the Chorus Viennensis as well as of Michael Schneider, the current conductor.

Biography Chorus Viennensis
Biography of the Artistic Director (Michael Schneider)

For further information please contact:
tel. +43 1 533 99 27 24
mobile +43 664 648 85 73 [Armin Radlherr]
fax +43 1 533 99 27 80
general e-mail info@chorusviennensis.at
e-mail of the conductor michael.schneider@chorusviennensis.at