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Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir

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« It was this reverence to sound – the urge to explore single moments through time – that united each of the exceptional works presented by the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir on Saturday evening. “Blossomings”, under the glowing direction of Kaspars Putniņš, was a programme so perfectly suited to the deathless acoustic of Tallin’s St Nicholas’ Church that one felt each piece must surely have been written with the building in mind. »
Timmy Fisher, May 2019  

The Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir (EPCC) is one of the best-known Estonian music ensembles. The EPCC was founded in 1981 by Tõnu Kaljuste, who was the artistic director for twenty years. He was succeeded by Paul Hillier (2001–07), Daniel Reuss (2008–13) and, in 2014, by Kaspars Putniņš. The choir’s repertoire extends from baroque to contemporary music, with a special focus on the work of Estonian composers. Each season the choir gives about 60–70 concerts in Estonia and abroad. The EPCC has collaborated with many eminent conductors including Claudio Abbado, Eric Ericson, Neeme Järvi and Gustavo Dudamel, working with leading orchestras such as the London Symphony Orchestra, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. The choir is a welcome guest at prestigious festivals, including the BBC Proms, Aix-en-Provence etc. An acclaimed discography has received awards such as Grammy and Gramophone Award etc. In 2020 BBC Music Magazine named the EPCC as one of the 10 best choirs in the world.