‘...The high-standard, refined musicking by the Hong Kong choir Die Konzertisten is surprising and gratifying…[they] deliver the music with a perfectly blended voice, natural phrasings and utmost devotions.’ - Dennis Wu
Now in its 11th season, Die Konzertisten (DK) is recognised as one of Hong Kong’s foremost chamber choirs. DK’s repertoire ranges from Renaissance polyphony and Baroque masterpieces to Romantic delicacies and newly commissioned works.
DK regularly collaborates with internationally distinguished artists, including conductors Stephen Layton, Jonathan Cohen, John Butt, Helmuth Rilling, Nicholas Cleobury, Chen Yun-hung, baroque cellist Viola de Hoog, baroque flautist Marten Root, countertenors Iestyn Davies and Tim Mead; and have performed such diverse works as Handel’s Israel in Egypt, Vivaldi’s Gloria, Mozart’s Requiem, Bruckner’s Mass in E minor, Duruflé’s Requiem, Howells’s Requiem, and Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms.
A keen advocate of Baroque music, DK ardently promotes the historically informed performance of early music to the local audience. In the 2018/19 season, DK collaborated with the award-winning period-instrument ensemble Arcangelo and its director Jonathan Cohen, giving two unique concerts, including Bach’s Mass in B minor. Other highlights throughout the years include Handel’s Messiah, Bach’s St John Passion and St Matthew Passion, Buxtehude’s Membra Jesu Nostri, and Purcell’s Dido & Aeneas.
DK regularly appears in Hong Kong Arts Festival’s programmes, including Les Siècles: BERLIOZ 150 (2019), Madame White Snake (2019), Estonian National Symphony Orchestra & Male Choir (2018), Debussy’s Pelleas et Melisande (2018), Dream of the Red Chamber (2017), Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch - Iphigenia in Tauris (2014), and The Britten 100 Project (2013). The choir has also been invited to work with other prominent local musical organisations, such as Hong Kong Sinfonietta, Hong Kong Children’s Choir, RTHK4, Hong Kong Composers’ Guild, PRISM Chamber Music Festival, and Hong Kong City Chamber Orchestra.
Die Konzertisten debuts at PRISM Chamber Music Festival in 2019, with works by Douglas Guest, William Harris, G. Holst, Richard Rodney Bennett, James MacMillan, Herbert Howells and Hubert Parry.