Singers from 13 participating EU countries
J.S. Bach (1685-1750) / Knut Nystedt (1915-2014): Immortal Bach
Johannes Brahms (1833-1897) – Zwei Motetten Op.74
Francis Poulenc (1899-1963) – Messe en sol majeur
Veljo Tormis (1930-2017) – Jaani Hobu
Pēteris Vasks (1946) – Madrigal
Tatjana Kozlova-Johannes (1977) – To my End and to its End
The TENSO European Chamber Choir is an initiative of Tenso Europe and the renowned Latvian conductor Kaspars Putniņš. Following the example of the successful Youth Orchestra of the European Union, it officially became the first pan-European professional choir with its premiere in 2014 as part of the European Capital of Culture project. Each year, 24 talented young professional singers from all over Europe are selected to take part in summer workshops and a short tour of Europe. The choir plays an important role in promoting choral music, and the repertoire includes both classical and contemporary choral singing.
Kaspars Putniņš is a long-time conductor of the Latvian Radio Choir, which is considered one of the best in Europe. In addition to various projects, he regularly appears as a guest on many other leading choirs, such as the BBC Singers (England), the RIAS Chamber Choir (Germany), the Dutch Chamber Choir, the Swedish Radio Choir and others. He masters a wide repertoire of choral music from Renaissance polyphony to the Romantic period, and is also known as an innovator and an important advocate of new achievements in choral singing. He likes to push the voices of the performers across borders to completely new vocal expressions. He is the recipient of the Latvian Music Prize and the Prize for Achievement in Culture and Science, awarded by the Latvian Committee of Ministers. Since the 2014/2015 season, he has been the principal conductor of the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, and also collaborates with visual artists and theater.