Zürcher Sing-Akademie (Photo: Priska Ketterer)

‘Since 2017, Florian Helgath is the artistic director of the Zürcher Sing-Akademie’


About the choir

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12 March 2019Print page


he Zürcher Sing-Akademie is renowned for its versatility and flexibility, performing at the highest level in both chamber and symphonic settings. The Swiss choir works with many eminent orchestras both within Switzerland and internationally, and boasts an extensive symphonic repertoire. The choir also frequently performs a cappella programmes, and plays a prominent part in the promotion of Swiss composers, both historical and contemporary. Central to its ethos is the continued development of the choral landscape; to this end, the Zürcher Sing-Akademie frequently commissions new works and has presented many première performances. Florian Helgath has been conductor and artistic director of the Zürcher Sing-Akademie since 2017.


Since its formation in 2011, the choir has collaborated with numerous conductors including Bernard Haitink, David Zinman, Daniel Barenboim, Sir Roger Norrington, Pablo Heras-Casado, Neeme Järvi, Giovanni Antonini, and René Jacobs. Concert tours have taken the Zürcher Sing-Akademie to Germany, Italy, Israel, the Netherlands, Lebanon, Taiwan, China, and as well as many European cities. Particular highlights include concerts at the BBC Proms in London, in the Philharmonie de Paris, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Philharmonie Köln, and in the National Concert Hall Taipeh.


In addition to its long association with the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, the choir regularly performs with acclaimed ensembles such as the Freiburger Barockorchester, the Luzerner Sinfonieorchester, the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, the Kammerorchester Basel, the Musikkollegium Winterthur, the Hofkapelle München, and baroque orchestra La Scintilla. 


The choir’s success is well-documented in recordings, including Felix Mendelssohn’s Die erste Walpurgisnachtwith the Musikkollegium Winterthur directed by Douglas Boyd (MDG, 2016), Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony no. 9 with the Luzerner Sinfonieorchester and James Gaffigan (Sony, 2018), as well as a cappella works by the Swiss composer Walter Furrer directed by Florian Helgath, which appears on a CD of selected works by Furrer (M&S Edition, 2018).


Highlights of the 2019/20 season include the opening concerts of the new seasonof the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich with their new Principal Conductor Paavo Järvi, concert tours with the Freiburger Barockorchester and the Kammerochester Basel, as well as the invitation to the 12th World Symposium on Choral Music in Auckland, New Zealand.



The Zürcher Sing-Akademie is a member of TENSO - European network for professional chamber choirs.

-> HERE you find more information about TENSO and its activities.



Furthermore, the choir is a member of the Swiss Federation Europa Cantat - SFEC. Informations about this network can be found on the website -> HERE








For the 2019/20 season, the Zürcher Sing-Akademie is supported with contributions from the city of Zurich and the International Music & Art Foundation. We thank you very much for your patronage.