With around 60 concerts a year, CD recordings and international guest appearances, the Rundfunkchor Berlin is one of the most outstanding choirs in the world. Three Grammy Awards alone attest to the quality of its recordings. Its broad repertoire, flexible, richly nuanced sound, flawless precision and gripping response make the professional choir a partner of major orchestras and conductors, including Kirill Petrenko, Daniel Barenboim, Simon Rattle and Yannick Nézet-Séguin.
Gijs Leenaars has been the principal conductor and artistic director of the Rundfunkchor Berlin since 2015/16. Born in Nijmegen in 1978, the Dutchman is one of the most interesting choral conductors of the younger generation. He studied piano, choral and orchestral conducting in Nijmegen and Amsterdam. Gijs Leenaars conducts cross-genre concert performances such as the "human requiem" or "LUTHER dancing with the gods" and is responsible for recordings of a cappella repertoire and choral symphonic works.