Participants 2015

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A.LE COQ (Talinn, Estonia)

A.Le Coq chamber choir was established in the autumn of 1999 in the second largest city of Estonia, Tartu. It is also the intellectual capital of Estonia, being the home for the oldest University of Estonia, established in 1632. The founder of the choir is a conductor Mrs. Eve Paap, from 2012 the tasks of a choir master are performed by Mrs. Ingrid Rammu. The choir has 36 singers, who represent many characteristic professions of Tartu like teachers, scientists and students, From the very first days the choir has been sponsored by A. Le Coq Ltd., the largest beverage producer in Estonia. The main objective for the choir is to perform beautiful and interesting music. As good music doesn't know limits of genre and era, choir's repertoire includes pieces from baroque to today, from clerical music to popular love songs, from mood music to oratorios, by composers from all over the world . Throughout its years of activity, the choir has participated in several local and international choir festivals.

California Vocal Arts (San Luis Obispo, USA)

San Luis Obispo VOCAL ARTS ENSEMBLE When touring also known as the CALIFORNIA VOCAL ARTS The Ensemble was founded in September 1977 under the direction of conductor Gary Lamprecht, the California Vocal Arts Ensemble is a 25 to 55 voiced community adult choir which has achieved remarkable success. Its first significant success occurred in 1982, when the Vocal Arts was awarded first place for the State of California in the "Great American Choral Festival". Following a performance on the "Queen Mary" for the California Music Educators' Convention in the Spring of 1984, the Vocal Arts toured England, Wales, France, Belgium, and Germany in the Summer of 1985. The Vocal Art's first concert out of the U.S.A. was in Canterbury Cathedral in England. The highlight of the tour was a third place award in prestigious competition at the 34th Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod in Wales in Great Britain. Concerts by the choir were aired on BBC Television and on Belgian National Radio. In 1988 the Vocal Arts Ensemble again toured Great Britain. The highlight of this tour was a return to the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod and the ovation of over 5,000 listeners in the evening guest. concert. From 1991 to 2012 the Vocal Arts Ensemble toured to Russia, Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Austria, Canada, Italy, Slovenia, Argentina, Uruguay, Canada, Norway and Sweden. The summer of 2015 will see the choir again on tour in southern France and Florence, Italy.

Cantate! Portsmouth Cathedral Youth Choir (Portsmouth, Inghilterra)

Cantate (Portsmouth Cathedral Youth Choir) offers girls and teenage boys the opportunity to sing as part of the daily music-making at Portsmouth's Anglican Cathedral. Set up in 2006, the initiative opened the way for girls and teenage boys to add their voices to choral worship both in Portsmouth Cathedral and in concerts around the Anglican Diocese. Girls aged 11-18 and teenage boys are welcome to join this versatile and exciting choir. In addition to singing Evensong each Thursday in term time, the Choir has performed in various concert venues and been involved in the Portsmouth Cathedral's Sing Up Chorister Outreach Programme. They have also taken part in the Portsmouth Festivities and broadcast live on BBC Radio 4. In October 2008 they made their first tour to Paris, visited Salzburg in December 2009, sang concerts in the French Alps in 2011 and toured Malta in 2013. The choir is open to teenagers from other schools too across the city and diocese. Cantate sings 6pm choral evensong every thursday and at other major cathedral services such as Ordinations and special events.

CHAMBER CHOIR CLINICS SENDAI
(Sendai, Giappone)

They are investigating a repertoitr which can fascinate audiences through concerts and competitions. From 2013 the choir invite Ms Yuko Suzuki as a proper conductor, Mr Masaori Takahashi as a corporation conductor, Ms Makiko Kikuchi as a voice trainer, and Ms Yoko Kaketa as a pianist. In 2012 the choir performed in the 23th Ensemble Competition in Miyagi where it won the Gold Prize, in Mita Women's Choir 40th Memorial Concert and in the 28th Takarazuka International Chamber Competition where they obtained the Silver Prize. In 2013 the choir participated in the 24th Ensemble Competition in Miyagi where they won again the Gold Prize, in The Taro Singers Charity Concert and in the Music Festival for reconstruction in Ishinomaki. In 2014 they performed in The Taro Singers New Year Concert, in 25th Ensemble Competition in Miyagi, obtaining the Silver Prize, in the 30th Takarazuka International Chamber Competition and in Chamber Choir Clinics in Sendai 4th Recital. The conductor, Ms Yuko Suzuki, graduated from Department of Music of Miyagigakuin Women's University and specialized in Vocal Music. In 1980, she studied at Bach Academy in Stuttgart, Germany under teaching of the Prof. Arleen Auger. In 1982, she conducted the Choir Geistlicher Musik Sendai and in 1985 she sang as soloist under conducting of Prof. Helmut Rilling. 

 

East China Universi ty of Science and Technology Students Chorus Group (Shanghai, Cina)

Founded in 2008, Choir of East China University of Science and Technology is directed by associate professor Cao Huaqin, the Artistic Director of college students' art troupe. The choir members carry out systematic and professional trainings on a regular basis and rehearse Chinese and foreign chorals of various forms and styles. Members cooperate with each while forming their own singing style. Many chorus special performances are held annually with several gold medals won in competitions in Shanghai. Superb concert performances in foreign affair receptions demonstrate the exquisite art style of the university students, showcase the school's rich cultural heritage, and promote school cultural exchanges with others, which not only animate the campus culture but also win honors for the school. In July 2013, the choir went to Hong Kong to take participate in "2013 Hong Kong International Youth Choir Festival", and won two silver awards in mixed chorus group and modern music group respectively. They took part in "The 10th Cantemus International Choral Festival",winning a gold diploma in mixed chorus group and special award for the outstanding performance in 2014.

HONG KONG TREBLE CHOIR (Hong Kong)

The Hong Kong Treble Choir (HKTC) was established in November 2000 as a registered charitable organisation with the support of locally renowned choral experts and consultants including Ms. Barbara Fei (Honorary Advisor), Prof. Wingwah Chan (Honorary Artistic Director) and Prof. Leon Shiu-wai Tong (Founder, Artistic Director and Principal Conductor). Under the guidance and leadership of Prof. Tong, HKTC has toured and performed in mainland China, Europe and all over Asia. In 2009, the Elite class received "The Outstanding Treble Choir of China Award" with the highest score in the 4th China Treble Choir Festival Competition. In 2010, the class won the "Gold Diploma" and "The Best Conductor Award" in the 8th Cantemus International Choir Festival in Hungary, under the conducting of Mr. Kelvin Ka-kay LO. Since the establishment of the Choir, Kelvin has been leading the Elite Group to perform on many local and international stages in Hungary, France, Russia, Estonia, Singapore, Malaysia, Taiwan and different cities in China. Kelvin is also the Vice President of Hong Kong Treble Choirs' Association and the Organizing Committee member of World Youth and Children's Choir Festival Hong Kong. In 2012, the Choir participated in the 10th International Festival of Choral Art "The Singing World"' and was the Champion of children's choir category. Nevertheless, the class was invited to be the Resident Choir of Hong Kong International Youth and Children's Choir Festival in 2011 and 2013.

Naiskoor Emajõe Laulikud (Tartu, Estonia)

The female choir "Emajõe Laulikud" from Tartu, with its conductor Vilve Maide has been singing together since February 2003. In relatively short time period the choir has become one of the leading female choirs in Estonia. This choir of about 60 people can be characterised as full of joy, personality and courage to act differently and seeking innovative pathways. Since 2010 Mariell Piispea has assisted the conductor. The repertoire of "Emajõe Laulikud" is in permanent development, containing songs from both Estonian and foreign authors, from arrangements of national songs to opera choirs, from church music to pop-music and, naturally, the evergreens of Estonians female choirs and our Song Festivals. The choir enjoys both singing together and doing things together. To further develop the quality of Estonian singing culture we set for ourselves higher and higher targets like performing difficult musical pieces more professionally and commissioning new original music from contemporary composers. Female choir "Emajõe Laulikud" has attended several local choir competitions and international choir festivals and has reached excellent results. In spring 2012 the choir competed at choir contest in Lithuania and achieved two gold diplomas. The choir has been participating in several festivals, competitions and interesting musical projects. Years 2009 and 2014 are remembered by our singers as the Years of Bringing the Fire through Estonia from Tartu to Tallinn, to the XXV and XXVI Estonian Song Festival.

Rodni zvutsi (Shumen, Bulgaria)

RODNI ZVUTSI MIXED CHOIR - HOUSE OF CULTURE DOBRI VOYNIKOV-1856, SHUMEN, BULGARIA Rodni Zvutsi mixed choir is founded on 15th August, 1898. Under the guidance of the first conductor Veliko Dukmedjiev in 1914 in Shumen is laid the foundation of opera science in Bulgaria. Some prominent people of the opera art as Ljuba Velichkova, Hristina Angelakova, Stoyan Kolarov etc., came out of the choir lines and made famous the Bulgarian vocal school. From 1961 to 2011 Veneta Vicheva is the main conductor and artistic director of the choir. She leads it towards high achievements which rank the choir among the first in Bulgaria. Rodni Zvutsi choir has been on concert tours in Germany, Italy, France, Slovenia, Poland, Hungary, Russia, Ukraine, Greece, Turkey and Romania and has made a big success. It's the bearer of many awards. From September 2011, the conductor and artistic director of the Rodni Zvutsi Choir is Nikolay Andriyanov, doctor in science of art and a graduate of Shumen University. Under his guidance the choir learns a new complex repertoire and continue to participate in national and international events: in Panorama of Bulgarian choir art – Sofia 2011; in the International Choir Festival in the town of Razgrad – 2012; in the 2nd International Festival of Choirs and Orchestras in Paris, France; in the festival Musical Nights in Ljubliana, Slovenia; in the International Festival in the town of Crakow, Poland, 2013. In 2014 the choir took part in the prestigious Choir Competition and Festival "Singing World


Speghani Choir of Armenia (Yerevan, Armenia)

Speghani Choir, which has its important input in the development of modern choral art, does not only continue Armenia's century-long refined choral traditions, but also successfully assimilates approaches of other schools, performing spiritual, classical, and traditional singing. Established in 1996 and initially comprised of children of parents heroically deceased in the Karabakh war, Speghani still functions to commemorate the victims. In August of 2010, during the International Choral Competition in Saint Petersburg, the choir was awarded with first prizes in "Spiritual Music" and "Folklore Music" nominations and with a special prize by the jury for "Best Performance of Compulsory Work" in the "Modern Music" category. The Choir enjoys great fame and recognition among the international musical community. Speghani performed in many parts of Armenia and NKR, and in various international festivals and competitions in Russia, Lebanon, Italy, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Lithuania. Among the achievements of Speghani, was also the recording of Divine Liturgy of the Armenian Church arranged by Komitas.. The recording was the result of extensive research and creative endeavor which was honored with a blessing by his Holiness Garegin II, Catholicos of All Armenians. Musicologist Sarina Avtandilyan is the Founder, Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Choir. She graduated in Choirmaster at Yerevan State Conservatory after Komitas with a PhD degree. She was several times honored and internationally recognized, also by the President of Armenia for her work to develop of Choral Art" 

Szczecin Chamber Choir (Stettino, Polonia)

Established in 2005, Szczecin Chamber Choir is a successor and continuator of tradition of choral music making started by the Choir of the University of Szczecin that performed from 1969 to 2005. The repertoire of Szczecin Chamber Choir covers pieces of a cappella choral music by Polish and foreign composers, from Renaissance to contemporary times. A choir's latest relase are: "Carols & Pastorales" and "Concert St. Kilian Mainz - Kostheim" First concert of the ensemble, already under its new name, took place in April 2006 at the stage of The Pomeranian Dukes` Castle in Szczecin. Ludwika Mitkiewicz has been working with the Szczecin Chamber Choir since 2008. Ludwika Mitkiewicz graduated from the Academy of Music in Poznań. She has worked with, among others, the Szczecin University Choir, the Szczecin Technical University Choir, and the Collegium Maiorum Choir in which she served the post of the second conductor. She also worked as a teacher at the Complex of Music Schools in Szczecin where she teached theoretical subjects and leaded the school choir. From 1980 to 1995 she has worked with Warsaw Ensemble Schola Cantorum conducted by Józef Herter. Also, for years she has been a member of the Vocalists' and Instrumentalists' Ensemble Camerata Nova, conducted by Eugeniusz Kus. Szczecin Chamber Choir's residence is Pomeranian Duke's Castle.

Universi ty of Santo Tomas Singers
(Manila, Filippine)

Founded in 1992 by Prof. Fidel Gener Calalang Jr., the University of Santo Tomas Singers is the official mixed choral ensemble of the University of Santo Tomas. It is composed of students and alumni from the different colleges and faculties of the university. It has since embarked on 27 international concert tours, which brought them to 31 countries in Asia, Europe, and North America. Since its first tour in 1993, the UST Singers has represented the Philippines and has won 75 top prizes in 22 competitions worldwide, most notably in Tours, France; Gorizia, Italy; Monster, Netherlands; Sopot, Poland; Torrevieja, Spain; Olomouc, Czech Republic; and North Wales, United Kingdom. The choir is currently celebrating 23 years of existence.


VOBLANA CHOIR (Oviedo, Spagna)

White Voices of Nalón is a cultural project linked to the education and society. It was born in year 2009 in the Conservatory of Music «Manuel Fernández Rodríguez "Jaurés"», located in Nalon's Valley, Asturias. In addition to the cultural and social human values that choral activity involves, it provides to each component an integral technical training, formed by individual work of the own voice, body expression and coral group technique. Currently the project is formed by two different choirs, youth section and children section; and recently, by a chamber section. The Chamber section, named VOBLANA, is composed by 17 feminine voices with ages between 20 and 23 years. In their work, they lead to coral field any musical genre, from the most classic polyphony, to the very actual pop and rock versions. Their shows are characterized by the freshness and the visual dynamism that the choreographies accompanying their songs transmit, as well as the high musical depth that the most classical pieces required. Their conductor, Oscar Allen.

 

Prizes

Youth section

XV Youth International Contest of 'Habaneras 'from Torrevieja, 2009, Second prize.
XL Youth Contest 'Ejea de los Caballeros'", 2010, Second Prize.
LX Youth European Music festival of Neerpelt, Belgium, 2012, First Prize "Cum Laude

 

Children Section

XII Antigua Abesbatzak Lehiaketa", Zumárraga, 2010, Finalists.
XVII Youth International Contest of 'Habaneras' from Torrevieja, 2011, Second Prize.
XIX Youth International Contest of 'Habaneras' from Torrevieja, 2013, Second Prize.


WHITE VOICES YOUTH CHOIR OF THE CONSERVATORY OF NALON´S VALLEY
(Oviedo, Spagna)

White Voices of Nalón is a cultural project linked to the education and society. It was born in year 2009 in the Conservatory of Music «Manuel Fernández Rodríguez "Jaurés"», located in Nalon's Valley, Asturias. In addition to the cultural and social human values that choral activity involves, it provides to each component an integral technical training, formed by individual work of the own voice, body expression and coral group technique. Currently the project is formed by two different choirs, youth section and children section; and recently, by a chamber section. The youth section, named White Voices of the Conservatory "Nalon's Valley" is composed by 28 feminine voices aged between 16 and 23 years old. Nowadays, it is considered one of the choirs in Spain with greatest choral growth; being laureate in every competition it has taken part, with national and international relevance. In their work, they lead to coral field any musical genre, from the most classic polyphony, to the very actual pop and rock versions. Their shows are characterized by the freshness and the visual dynamism that the choreographies accompanying their songs transmit, as well as the high musical depth that the most classical pieces required. Their conductor; Oscar Allen. Prizes Youth section XV Youth International Contest of 'Habaneras 'from Torrevieja, 2009, Second prize. XL Youth Contest 'Ejea de los Caballeros'", 2010, Second Prize. LX Youth European Music festival of Neerpelt, Belgium, 2012, First Prize "Cum Laude Children Section XII Antigua Abesbatzak Lehiaketa", Zumárraga, 2010, Finalists. XVII Youth International Contest of 'Habaneras' from Torrevieja, 2011, Second Prize. XIX Youth International Contest of 'Habaneras' from Torrevieja, 2013, Second Prize.


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