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VIA-NOVA-CHOR MUNICH

The via-nova-chor Munich was founded in 1972 by Kurt Suttner who left his unmistakable mark in his 35 years of conducting the choir. From 2008 to 2016 Florian Helgath was director of the choir. In April 2017 Kerstin Behnke succeeds him as new musical director. The chorus, consisting of roughly 40 singers, is particularly dedicated to the performance of contemporary music without neglecting the vast classical tradition and it offers a platform for composing and perfoming new choral pieces. More than 50 premieres impressively give proof of this. In the past the via-nova-chor has performed many musical works by modern-day Munich composers and recently it has premiered works by Michael Ostrzyga (Köln), Hans Schanderl (Berlin), Alessandro Cadario (Mailand) and Brian DuFord (New York).

A number of concert tours has taken the choir all over the world to places such as Taipei, Taiwan (Taipei International Choral Festival 2000), Jeonju, South Korea (Sori-Festival 2002), Oslo, Norway (a concert in celebration of Knut Nystedt's 90th birthday in 2005), Cuneo, Italy (Festival Incontri Corali 2006), and Austria (Musikfest Psalm 2003 in Graz and The Klangspuren-Festival 2011 and 2013 in Schwaz). In addition, the ensemble was a guest choir at Musica Sacra International in Marktoberdorf in 2012, after its last participation there in 2002.

The via-nova-chor has also won several first prizes in a number of internationally acclaimed choir contests such as: Den Haag (1977), Cork (1985/87), Budapest (1991), Tolosa (2009) and Debrecen (2014). On a national level the chorus won first prizes at the Bavarian Choir Competition (2009) and at the German Choir Competition in Dortmund (2010), as well as receiving a special award in the performance of contemporary choral music at the German Choir Competition in Fulda (1994) and in Dortmund (2010). The chorus was a Grand Prix finalist in Maribor, Slovenia in 2011 and in Debrecen, Hungary in 2014. In Debrecen it was awarded the Folklore Diploma.

Additionally in cooperation with Eric Ericson, the choir has also gained invaluable insights into the interpretation of comtemporary choral music. Several guest conductors, among them Gary Graden, Manfred Schreier, Peter Dijkstra, Max Frey and Denis Rouger have been a further source of inspiration. From time to time the via-nova-chor is accompanied by such renowned orchestras as the Munich Radio Orchestra. In addition to regular radio broadcasts by the BR (Bavarian Radio), the choir has made several CD recordings. Its latest CD was released in 2012 with the title VIA NOVA CHOR - Contemporary Choral Music.

The via-nova-chor Munich is a member of the following groups and associations:

Deutscher Chorverband 
Bayerischer Sängerbund
International Federation for Choral Music (IFCM)