Danish National Vocal Ensemble
Since its debut in 2007, the Danish National Vocal Ensemble’s sound has been called transparent, bright and pure, and the ensemble sings with a technical precision that has placed it among the top tier vocal ensembles in Europe.
The Danish National Vocal Ensemble’s repertoire spans nearly 500 years of music, from Renaissance polyphony to the latest avantgarde explorations and even folk songs, bringing the essence of the famous Nordic choral style to perfection.
Each season the Danish National Vocal Ensemble appears in both a cappella concerts and with The Danish National Symphony Orchestra. The group also appears with other ensembles, including the baroque orchestra Concerto Copenhagen and international orchestras like the Radio Symphony Orchestra from Hamburg, the Malmö Symphony Orchestra and the Bergen Philharmonic.
In 2014 Marcus Creed succeeded Swedish-born Olof Boman and Stephen Layton as the ensemble’s chief conductor and principal guest conductor respectively. DNVE received both an ECHO Klassik Award, nominations for 2 Grammy’s, a Gramophone Award and for the Danish Radio P2 Prize. Their CD L’amour et la foi received in June 2015 Diapason d’Or.
The English conductor, Marcus Creed, began his studies at King's College in Cambridge, where he had the opportunity to sing in the famed King's College Choir. Further studies took him to Christ Church in Oxford and the Guildhall School in London.
Marcus Creed began living in Berlin in 1976 (or 1977). Stations along his way have been the Deutsche Oper Berlin (where he worked as opera coach and choir director), Hochschule der Kunste (lecturer on song), as well as the Gruppe Neue Musik and the Scharoun Ensemble (pianist and conductor). In 1987 he was appointed artistic director of the RIAS-Kammerchor, which won numerous international awards under his direction (including the Edison Award, the Diapason D'Or and the Cannes Classical Award). His work together with the Akademie fur Alte Musik Berlin, the Freiburger Barockorchester and the Concerto Koln formed an important part of his concert activities.
Marcus Creed has been invited by several early music festivals. He gave performances of Bach's Mass in B minor (BWV 232), Purcell's Dido and Aeneas at the Berlin Staatsoper Unter den Linden, and his cycle of Handel oratorios (Solomon, Messiah, Jephtha, Israel in Egypt, Alexander's Feast, Theodora, etc.) set an exemplary criterion in Germany. He conducts Belshazzar at the Gottingen Handel Festival in 1996. In the performance of new music with the RIAS-Kammerchor, he is also closely associated with the Berlin Scharoun Ensemble as a pianist and conductor. He regularly appears at the Berlin Festwochen as well as at festivals like the Warsaw Spring, Wien Modern, the Salzburg Festspielen, the Venice Biennale and at festivals in Montreux, Edinburgh, Lucerne and Innsbruck.
In partnership with Claudio Abbado and the Berliner Philharmoniker Marcus Creed conducted Stockhausen's orchestral Gruppen. He has worked with other orchestras like the Berlin Staatskapelle and the Berliner Symphoniker. In 1998, he accepted a call to take up the position of professor of conducting at the Musikhochschule in Koln. Since January 1, 2003, he has been artistic director of the SWR Vokalensemble Stuttgart.