The combination of outstanding vocal work, innovative programming and a modern appearance makes the Zurich Chamber Singers under the direction of Christian Erny one of the most promising and interesting vocal ensembles of the young generation. The diverse recordings of the choir, founded in 2015, have delighted press and audiences worldwide. Magazines such as Chorzeit or Aachener Zeitung speak of a “musical pleasure of the first order” or praise the sound culture, which is “unparalleled”. Image HiFi Magazine already sees the Zurich Chamber Singers in the “Top 10 European chamber choirs”.
In the following seasons, the Zurich Chamber Singers will be working with artists such as Roberto Gonzàles-Monjas and Caroline Shaw and with orchestras such as the Musikkollegium Winterthur, the Zurich Chamber Orchestra, the Württemberg Philharmonic Orchestra Reutlingen and the CHAARTS. An extensive tour with their highly acclaimed program O nata lux also leads to their debut at the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg.
The Zurich Chamber Singers are exclusive artists on the Berlin Classics label. The release of their new album Bruckner Spectrum – a carefully and intelligently curated program around Anton Bruckner’s Latin motets – is scheduled for fall 2022. Their last album, O nata lux, received rave reviews from the international press. The Zurich Chamber Singers have also released a number of digital singles and EPs in 2021, including the ten-part Stabat mater by Domenico Scarlatti and other works by Benjamin Britten, Jean Binet, Jean Deatwyler and Eugen Meier.
The Zurich Chamber Singers were founded in 2015 by Christian Erny and Emanuel Signer, initially with ten singer friends. In the meantime, the ensemble has grown to a pool of more than thirty singers and has earned itself an excellent reputation as a professional ensemble.
The remarkable variety and flexibility of the young choir allows it to perform in almost every conceivable setting and style. The choir covers repertoire ranging from Renaissance polyphony to twentieth-century choral symphonic works. Their passionate engagement with new music has already resulted in premieres and first recordings of works by Patrick Brennan (GB), Rhiannon Randle (GB), Kevin Hartnett (USA), Marcus Paus (NO) and Burkhard Kinzler (DE).
Christian Erny, born 1988 in Winterthur, studied piano and conducting at the Zurich University of the Arts, the Jacobs School of Music in Bloomington and the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts. His teachers included Hans-Jürg Strub, Jean-Louis Haguenauer, Markus Utz and Howard Arman. At the Jiri Hlinka Piano Academy he also received formative inspiration from Leif Ove Andsnes and Eldar Nebolsin.
Christian Erny is the founder and artistic director of the Zurich Chamber Singers and conducts various orchestras and ensembles as a guest. Concerts as a pianist have also taken him to many countries in Europe, the USA and South America. His highly acclaimed discography has been honored with awards such as the Gramophone Editor’s Choice and a nomination for the German Record Prize. He is a prizewinner of the international piano competition Île de France and a recipient of the Cultural Grant of his hometown Winterthur.
A passionate and sought-after pedagogue, Erny teaches a large piano class at the Hochschule für Musik Basel and is head of the precollege music program at the Pedagogical and Artistic Seminary in Kreuzlingen. He has also taught as a guest at the Renaissance Arts Academy in Los Angeles and at the Collegio Suizo in Santiago de Chile.
Dr. Emanuel Signer