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Netherlands Chamber Choir

For more almost 90 years, the Netherlands Chamber Choir has enjoyed a place at the top of the international choral world. Using choral music as a medium, the ensemble explores contemporary themes and tells relevant stories in its performances and collaborations with actors, dancers, poets, VJs, and DJs, as well as scientists, healthcare professionals, and opinion leaders, to give new meaning to the stories the choir tells during its performances.

In recent years, the choir has collaborated with choreographers Huang Yi and Nanine Linning, director Pierre Audi, performance artist Marina Abramović, and with ensembles like the Freiburger Barock Orchester, Amsterdam Sinfonietta, and Les Talens Lyriques, as well as the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.

In the past, composers like Poulenc, Frank Martin, and Sofia Gubaidulina wrote important works for the choir. More recently, the choir has commissioned works from composers such as Michel van der Aa, David Lang, Nico Muhly, James MacMillan, Huang Ruo, Mohammed Fairouz, Lera Auerbach, Mathilde Wantenaar, and many young talents from the Netherlands and abroad.

Since September 2015, Peter Dijkstra has been chief conductor of the Netherlands Chamber Choir. Amongst his predecessors were such renowned conductors like Uwe Gronostay, Tõnu Kaljuste, Stephen Layton, Risto Joost, and founder Felix de Nobel.