Choir of the Secondary School N. 6 Zhukovskii City, Moscow region, Russia
Director: Tatiana Kureneva
Zhukovskii City is the center of the Russian aviation. In this well-known city, there is a secondary school, specialized in advanced cultural and musical education. In 1990, the school organized a school choir, which consists of children studying in 5-10 grades (11-16 years old). At present, the choir is recognized as ‘Exemplary chorus’ by Ministry of Education of the Russian Federation. The choir was awarded in many competitions: at the International Competition ‘Moscow Sings’ (Diploma); at the National Competition of school choirs first level diploma); at the Regional Competition ‘Young Talents of the Moscow Region’ in 2012 (first level diploma); at the VI International Choir Festival ‘Slovakia Cantat’, in Bratislava nel 2013 (silver band diploma); at the ‘Bad Ischl International Choir Festival’, Austria nel 2013 (silver band diploma). The choir performs in the best Moscow concert halls: Big Hall of Moscow P.I. Tchaikovsky Conservatoire, Gnesin Musical Academy, Jesus Christ Church. The honored teacher of the Russian Federation, Tatiana Kureneva is the permanent choir conductor and artistic director.
Choir Aquarelki, Ulan-Ude, Russia
Director: Olga Zayashnikova
The Сhoir Aquarelki was founded in 1994 by Olga Zayashnikova, Honored Employee of Culture of the Republic of Buryatiya and Russian Federation and by concertmaster Mariya Sorokovikova; artistic director and conductor of that choir is also Olga Zayashnikova. The Сhoir Aquarelki has an extensive and interesting repertoire, it takes part at concerts at local and national levels continually showing solo programs. It has been awarded at the following Russian national and international choral competitions: II International Choral Singing Competition ‘Singing childhood’: IV class diploma, Ulan-Ude, 2010. – VII Russian National Competition of the children and youth creative works ‘Moscow-Baikalsk Transit’: First Prize Laureates, Grand Prize. May, 2013. – XIX Russian National Competition of the children and youth creative works ‘Wind rose – 2013’: Second Prize Laureates. Moscow, October 2013.
Vocal Group Cantus Vocum, Città di Castello, Italy
Director: Angelo Tordini
The Vocal Group Cantus Vocum, was founded in 1998 and debuted in Umbertide, host of the Artistic Cultural Circle of St. Francis. In the summer of 2003, the Group took part in the ‘Choral Festival’ at Our Lady of Rivaio, Castiglion Fiorentino. In December of the same year, it participated at the XVIII edition of ‘Christmas in Choir’ in Ripa Perugia, hosts of the Regional Association of the Choirs of Umbria. In April 2004 the Group took part in the XV edition of the ‘International Competition of Choral Music’ at the Teatro Nuovo in Verona. In 2005, the Group took part at the ‘The Thin Red Line’, organized by the Department for economic, cultural and social activities of the province of Perugia, at the Rocca Paolina in Perugia. In May of the same year it performed at the ‘Mass of the Artists’ in the Basilica of Santa Maria in Montesanto, Rome. The repertoire consists of songs for four mixed voices, which are performed mostly a cappella; vast and diverse, ranging from the 1500s, with motets and madrigals, until, pop, jazz and blues music, with spirituals and gospel.
Choir of Senior Students of the P.Tchaikovsky Children’s Music School, Uzhgorod, Ukraine
Director: Olena Tymchyk
The Choir of Senior Students of Uzhgorod P.Tchaikovsky Children’s Music School is widely known among fans of choral singing in Transcarpathia. Although the Choir is an educational team, it often performs in famous concert halls of the city and the region. The group has been awarded with diplomas at national and international festivals and competitions for high level of vocal and choral performance and its concert activity. The Choir repeatedly won the first prize at regional children’s choir contests (in 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012 and 2014). The team is an active promoter of Ukrainian choral music. Listeners note the bright and original performance of works by Ukrainian classical composers such as D.Bortniansky, F.Kolessa and modern authors B.Filts, V.Hohenko, K.Miaskov and others. Works of West European classical composers J.S.Bach, B.Galuppi, R.Schumann and F.Schubert also occupy an important place in the Choir’s repertoire. The Choir’s performance is characterized by the use of rich choral palette, emotional and subtle sense of style of a composer and high professional level.
Polyphonic Group Claudio Monteverdi, Ruda, Italy
Director: Matjaž Šček
The Polyphonic Group Claudio Monteverdi Choir was founded in 1976. After an intense activity of study the choir took part to the most important international choral festival in Italy. The choir was awarded at the International Choral Competition in Arezzo and in Ravenna in 1978 and 1979 and at the International Choral Competition in Gorizia in 1982. During its 38 years of uninterrupted activity, the choir performed more than 800 concerts in Europe and USA. The repertoire includes pieces of classic, sacred and secular music, from different periods: baroque, romantic, modern and contemporary. The choir performs folk songs in different languages. Monteverdi choir takes care to promote the folk songs, the language and the culture of the Friuli (an Italian region). The choir has published 8 books of music, compositions and arrangements by Orlando Dipiazza. Since 1976 the choir has recorded 6 CDs. The Monteverdi choir was conducted, until 1996, by Orlando Dipiazza. Since January 2008 the choir conductor is Matjaž Šček.
Children Choir Carmina, České Budějovice, Czech Republic
Director: Jitka Valentová
The Children Choir Carmina was established in 2006. The choir has four sections, one concert level and 3 preparatory levels. All sections together have 190 members. The choir has performed concerts all over the Czech Republic and cooperates with soloists of classical music as well as pop-music; it is invited to many benefit concerts and also often to opens exhibition vernissages. It cooperates also with the South Bohemian Philharmonic and performs at Czech Television. Carmina has been successful in many competitions: Gold range in children´s choirs competition in Czech Republic, Special Jury Prize in National Competition in Pardubice Town 2007. In 2010 the choir won 1st price at the International Competition in Neerpelt (Belgium), Silver diplomas and special jury prize for piano accompaniment at the Malta International Festival 2013. The choir is supported by the České Budějovice Town Hall, statutory city, South Bohemia Regional Authority and by the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic.
Children Choir Crescendo, Peterhof, Saint-Petersburg, Russia
Ensemble Crescendo, Peterhof, Saint-Petersburg, Russia
Director: Marina Massalskaya
The Children’s Academic Choir Crescendo was founded in 2005 at the House of Children’s Creativity in Saint-Petersburg, Peterhof. The director and conductor of the choir is Marina Massalskaya. The choir has three levels of training: 1. Primary group (3-6 years old) 2. Junior choir (7-9 years old) 3. Concert choir (10-17 years old) The repertoire of the choir consists of masterpieces of classical and contemporary, Russian and world famous composers, folk songs. The choir Crescendo takes part in different types of festivals, competitions, concerts, musical performances. The choir is the winner of All-Russian festival-competition ‘Victory Salut’ (Peterhof, 2010); the winner of the international competition ‘Neva Wave’ in Bulgaria (2010). The choir was awarded with a silver diploma at the ‘Young Prague’ Festival in 2012. Crescendo also has an Ensemble of the parents and relatives of the choir members. They are fond of music and with their children enjoy practicing and performing together.
Choir Zhuravushka, Grodno, Belarus
Director: Zhanna Mishina
The history of the exemplary choir Zhuravushka began in 2007. The artistic director and conductor is Zhanna Mishina. The choir membership includes 35 pupils which are attending piano classes at the Antoni Tyzenhaus Children’s Music School. The repertoire of the choir consists of vocal works of various genres and epochs, including Russian and foreign classics, sacred music and folk music. The ensemble has participated in numerous festivals and competitions. It has been awarded the Diploma of the Regional Festival “New Names” (2004, 2006) and has been laureate at multiple competitions such as Festival of Orthodox Chants of the Grodno Eparchy (2004, 2007), International Festival of Sacred Music “God Almighty” (2005), International Competition of Orthodox Chants “Kalozha Blagovest” (2011), International Festival “Youth of the Planet” – “Songs over the Neva-2014”. The young choristers gradually become devoted and sincere connoisseurs of great music and strive for turning each and every meeting with the audience into a true celebration of the choral art.
Concert Choir Kamerton, Istra, Moscow region, Russia
Director: Irina Podkopaeva
The Concert Choir Kamerton was founded in 1992. It has got several awards at many international competitions: ‘Moscow Sounds’ (2000), ‘Golden Kamerton’ (2001, 2007), ‘Christmas song’ (2004), ‘The days of Slav reading, writing and culture’ (2004), Moscow International Forum ‘Gifted Children’ (2003), ‘Christmas Prague’ (2006), 5th ‘World Choir Games’ (Austria, Graz). The extensive repertoire consists of Russian and European sacred music, works of contemporary composers and folksongs. The choir successfully performed in the best concert halls of Russia and deservedly presented Russian vocal culture in Finland, Bulgaria and Czech Republic. The founder, artist director and conductor is Irina Podkopaeva. Piano accompanist is Antonina Ordinartseva.
Akolada Chamber Choir of the University of Bydgoszcz, Poland
Director: Renata Szerafin-Wójtowicz
Akolada Chamber Choir was founded in 2002. Its repertoire consists of sacred and secular works of composers of various eras and nationalities, enriched by pieces inspired by folklore. The Choir often performs with symphonic orchestras. The choir has won several prizes, among the others: Gold Diploma in 1st ‘Int’l Copernicus Competition’, Torun 2013; Grand Prix in ‘Cup of Marshal of Kujawsko-Pomorski Province’, Bydgoszcz 2013; 1st Prize in 10th, 12th, 14th ‘Festivals Cantio Lodziensis’, Lodz 2007, 2009, 2011; 1st Place, Prize for best performance of compulsory piece in 2nd ‘Int’l Sacred Music Choir Competition Laudate Dominum’, Vilnius, Lithuania 2011; Grand Prix, Special Prizes in 8th, 10th ‘Int’l Festival’, Barczewo 2009, 2011; 1st Prize, Special Prize at 2nd, 4th, 5th ‘Passion Song Competition’, Bydgoszcz 2005, 2009, 2011; Gold Diploma, Special Prize at 3rd, 4th ‘Ars Liturgica Competition’, Gniezno 2008, 2010; Tres Bien Diploma at 46th ‘Montreux Festival’, Switzerland 2010; Grand Prix in Contemporary and in Sacred Music categories at 44th ‘Int’l Festival, Międzyzdroje’ 2009; 1st Place, Award for the most interesting interpretation of mandatory work at 20th, 21st ‘Festival of Song of Sea’, Wejherowo 2008, 2013.