Founded in 1948, the RIAS-Kammerchor (RIAS Chamber Choir) has played a crucial role in the revival of the musical life of the city of Berlin.
Frequently heard in collaboration with the Berlin Radio Symphony
and the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
, the choir has been led by conductors Ferenc Fricsay, Karl Böhm
, Herbert von Karajan
, Lorin Maazel, Claudio Abbado
, James Levine
, and Daniel Barenboïm
. The choir has also made a specialty of performances of early music under the baton of such conductors as Nikolaus Harnoncourt
, John Eliot Gardiner
, Frans Brueggen
, Roger Norrington
, and René Jacobs. Under principal conductor Marcus Creed
, the choir also independently performs as an a cappella chamber choir.