The CHORWERK RUHR is one of the top ensembles in the state of North Rhine-West-phalia. It was founded in 1999 as a project of the state’s regional cultural policy with the aim of creating a vocal ensemble that not only takes into account the qualifications of its singers but enhances the region’s cultural image. Until 2003 its artistic director was Frieder Bernius, after which the ensemble worked regularly with a wide range of leading conductors such as Rupert Huber, Bruno Weil, Christopher Moulds, Hans Zender, Reinhard Goebel, Peter Neumann, Robin Gritton and Sylvain Cambreling. Since October 2008 the Austrian composer and conductor Professor Rupert Huber has been the chorus’ new artistic director.
Its membership includes 16 to 100 singers depending on the scale of the music involved and the conflicting demands of style and performance practice. This has resulted in a pool of more than 180 choristers with whom the ChorWerk Ruhr has mastered over 50 projects and appeared at more than 100 concerts and events.
In its many projects the ChorWerk Ruhr has worked up a wide-ranging choral repertoire, always with the aim of conveying the full stylistic range of vocal music to its members and audiences at the highest possible artistic level. In its work with renowned orchestras such as Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Ensemble Resonanz, musikFabrik NRW, Schönberg Ensemble Amsterdam, Cappella Coloniensis, Ensemble Modern, Neue Düsseldorfer Hofmusik, Junge Deutsche Philharmonie and SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg, the ensemble has succeed time and again in thrilling its audiences.
Equally important to the sound of the chorus and the qualifications of its singers are its frequent highly demanding a cappella projects. It has steadily drawn increasing acclaim from critics and listeners alike and is by now firmly established among the region’s top artistic drawing cards. This is also apparent in its many recordings with West German Radio (WDR) and Deutschlandfunk as well as its coproductions with the Ruhrfestspiele Recklinghausen and the Klavier-Festival Ruhr. Each year the ChorWerk Ruhr enters special cooperative ventures and coproductions with the RuhrTriennale.
The ChorWerk Ruhr is a project of Kultur Ruhr GmbH with funding from the Minister-President of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia and the European Regional Development Fund.