Moscow State Chamber Choir, Russia
Music Director and Conductor - Vladimir Minin
The Moscow State Chamber Choir was founded in 1972 by the prominent Russian conductor, Professor Vladimir Minin, the ensemble' permanent Music Director and Conductor.
Worldwide the MSCC, presented at all continents except Australia, is known as Minin' choir. It was he who revived to perform at the highest artistic level religious music of Russian composers prohibited in the USSR, iconic Rachmaninov' «Vespers» and «Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom», Tchaikovsky', Tchesnokov', Grethcaninov' and Kastalsky' works. But the main distinctive features of the choir are its extraordinary musicality, subtlety of interpretation, impeccable ensemble skills.
The choir performs a varied repertoire, including Russian folk and classical music (Rachmaninov, Tchaikovsky, Modest Mussorgsky, Sergey Taneyev) and Western classic (Bach, Mozart, Brahms, Vivaldi, J. Rossini) as well as works of Prokofiev and Shostakovich. Many prominent composers of the twentieth century - G. Sviridov, V. Gavrilin, R. Shchedrin and Giya Kancheli - created for MSCC and devoted their compositions to choir.
In 2003 «Deutsche Gramophone» has released first MSCC' CD titled «Russian Voices». It includes works of native secular choral a-capella music (S. Taneyev, G. Sviridov, Modest Mussorgsky and Prokofiev). In general, the choir' discography contains more than 34 vinyl records and CDs.
For 10 years the ensemble appeared at Bregenz music festival (Austria).
Outstanding artists of the world such as E. Obraztsova, E. Nesterenko, Z. Sotkilava, V. Fedoseev, M. Pletnev, V. Spivakov, Y. Bashmet have been MSCC scenic partners.
Joint performance of the Moscow State Chamber Choir and the Russian National Orchestra with Mikhail Pletnev as conductor was a significant event in the cultural life of Great Britain and Italy. During recent tour in Japan (June 2009), the NHK recorded choir' life performance at the Opera City. In the same year the MSCC gave its first concert in Singapore with great success.