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The Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir at Wratislavia Cantans Festival

02.09.2014

The Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir (EPCC) is one of the best-known Estonian music groups in the world. The EPCC was founded by Tõnu Kaljuste in 1981, who was Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of the group for two decades. followed by Paul Hillier as Chief Conductor from 2001–2007 and Daniel Reuss from 2008–2013.
New Artistic Director and Chief Conductor from season 2014/15 is Latvian conductor Kaspars Putniņš.

The EPCC has been guest at numerous festivals such as Salzburg Festival, BBC Proms, Edinburgh International Festival, International Festival Aix-en-Provence, Musikfest Stuttgart, Schwetzingen Festival, Flanders Festival, Bergen International Festival, Istanbul Music Festival, Mozartwoche Salzburg, Osterfestival Tirol, Cheltenham Music Festival, Tampere Vocal Music Festival, Folle Journées Festival Nantes, Hong Kong Arts Festival, and appeared at major concert houses and venues around the globe.

The EPCC has cooperated with a number of outstanding conductors and orchestras – Claudio Abbado, Louis Langrée, Helmuth Rilling, David Willcocks, Eric Ericson, Iván Fischer, Neeme Järvi, Paavo Järvi, Stephen Layton, Marc Minkowski and Sir Colin Davis; with renowned orchestras such as London Symphony Orchestra, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Camerata Salzburg, Les Musiciens du Louvre, Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Estonian National Symphony Orchestra and Tallinn Chamber Orchestra.

The large repertoire of the choir extends from Gregorian chant to late baroque and the music of the 20th century, opera and an ever special focus on the work of Estonian composers (Arvo Pärt, Veljo Tormis, Erkki-Sven Tüür, Galina Grigorjeva, Toivo Tulev, Tõnu Kõrvits, Helena Tulve).

Their discography includes numerous recordings for ECM Records, Ondine Records, Virgin Classics, Carus and Harmonia Mundi which received highest plaudits worldwide. The choir has won a Grammy Award for the Best Choral Performance for Arvo Pärt's Da Pacem under Paul Hillier (Harmonia Mundi) and was nominated seven times for the Grammy Award. The recording Litany to Thunder and Baltic Voices 3 was awarded with the Diapason d’Or.

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