The International Choir Academy Lübeck brings together selected young singers from about 15 different nations into one unique vocal ensemble. Founded in 2002 by its artistic director Rolf Beck, the Academy has since stood for choral singing at the highest level with energy, enthusiasm, and joy of singing. Innovative and exceptional programs as well as the great choral works in the classical repertoire are presented by the International Choir Academy Lübeck in Germany as well as on worldwide tours to Japan, China, Brazil or Korea, among others.
The high quality of the choir is guaranteed by the intensive Academy working phases with the final concerts. Generally three weeks in length, the working phases are taking place this year for the second time in Trancoso/Brazil and then for the first time in Luslawice/Poland. During these working phases singers not only develop their choral singing skills, but they also train their voices in individual master classes with world famous vocal coaches, such as Magreet Honig and Marcel Boone, to name a few. This enables the International Choir Academy Lübeck to fill the solo parts in the concerts with singers from its own ranks.
Highlights of this past year include participation in the Rheingau Musik Festival, the Usedom Music Festival, as well as the Chinese premiere of Arnold Schönberg’s “Gurrelieder” in Shanghai and a concert under the direction of Tan Dun featuring his own “Water Passion” together with Bach’s “St John Passion” – also a Chinese premiere. 2017 will feature Christmas concerts with the a cappella ensemble “Vocal Six” in Hamburg, Lübeck and its surroundings as well as a guest performance tour to Korea with Bach’s “Christmas Oratorio”. The first CD with works from Brahms, Schumann and Dvořák appeared in 2016 on EUROIMMUN Records. In the coming year the International Choir Academy Lübeck will participate in a CD production of the Bamberg Symphony with Wagner’s “Götterdämmerung” under the direction of Jaap van Zweden in Hong Kong.