The RIAS Kammerchor (RIAS Chamber Choir) has an artistic profile which is unmistakeable in its rich diversity and is received with enthusiasm all over the world.
Among professional choirs, the RIAS Kammerchor is a pioneer in the area of historical performance practice. Since its foundation in 1948 by RIAS (Radio in the American Sector) it has also been exemplary in promoting music of the modern era and the present day. Within the context of the tension between these areas, the choir's interpretations of works from the classical and romantic repertoires have acquired intensive musical speech with clarity of depth. Since 2007, Hans-Christoph Rademann has been creating new emphases in the development of the choir's sound and repertoire.
In 2013, RIAS Kammerchor was awarded the Nachtigall (Nightingale), the honorary prize of the Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik (German Record Critics' Award). Three years earlier, it was named one the world's ten best choruses by Gramophone in the UK. Just in 2014 the recording of CPE Bach's Magnificat won the Gramophone Classical Award (Baroque Vocal), and the recording of JS Bach's St Matthew Passion with the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin and the director René Jacobs won two Echo Klassik awards.
The RIAS Kammerchor is an ensemble of Rundfunk Orchester und Chöre GmbH (roc berlin.) The shareholders are Deutschlandradio, the Federal Republic of Germany, the State of Berlin und the Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg broadcasting station.