Gustaf Sjökvist Chamber Choir was founded in 1994 and has since then been a very active part of Swedish musical life. The repertoire consists mainly of contemporary music and the choir has premiered scores of new work of composers such as Sven-David Sandström, Lars Edlund, Jan Sandström, Carl Unander-Scharin, Georg Riedel and Bo Holten. The repertoire also includes the classical oratorios such as Bach B-minor mass, Christmas Oratorio, Brahms' Ein Deutsches requiem Mozart’s requiem, Beethoven Symphoni no 9, Verdi's requiem among others.

Throughout the years, the choir has collaborated with many different soloists and ensembles, made tours in many European countries together with Barbara Hendricks and tours in Sweden and Europe together with Jan Lundgren. CD recordings have been made together with Barbara Hendricks, Edita Gruberova, Håkan Hagegård, Malena Ernman, Jan Lundgren, Mats Bergström and Nils Lindberg. The choir has also toured with a cappella music to Germany, the United States, Taiwan and Hong Kong, and also made a number of CD recordings of its own.

Gustaf Sjökvist Chamber Choir has regularly appeared at the Music at Siljan Festival and been invited several times to The Taipei international choral festival in Taiwan. The choir has also performed in various projects in the Stockholm Concert Hall, had concerts in the Royal Palace and has also made numerous TV and radio recordings over the years, among others a series of programs on the AXESS tv-channel and most lately in a program on SVT, “In the footsteps of Bach” about Sven-David Sandström. On June 19 2010 the choir participated in the wedding ceremony between Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel in the Stockholm Cathedral. In December 2011, Gustaf Sjökvist Chamber Choir performed at the Nobel lecture for Tomas Tranströmer at the Swedish Academy. The CDs “No Borders” together with Barbara Hendricks, “Magnum Mysterium” with Jan Lundgren and “I vår tid” have all been nominated for a Swedish Grammy.

In February 2013, the choir went to the US to participate in Nordic Cool, a festival in Kennedy Center, Washington, which during four weeks in February and March was be dedicated to Nordic culture. The choir also had one concert in San Fransisco.

More recent projects include a CD recording with ABBA legend Benny Andersson and taking part in the Baltic Sea Festival with a performance of Shostakovich's opera "Orango".

This year the choir celebrates its 20th anniversery, giving a number of concerts that include old favourites as well as works commissioned by the choir. We hope to see you there!

Gustaf Sjökvist has attended the Royal Academy of Music in Stockholm and studied choral conducting with Eric Ericson, later orchestral conducting with Sixten Ehrling and Karl Münchinger.

Between 1967 and 2011 Gustaf Sjökvist was the Stockholm Cathedral's choir master, heading choral and concert activities there. Between 1986-1994 Gustaf Sjökvist was the principal conductor of the Swedish Radio Choir. In 1994 he became principal guest conductor of the Bavarian Radio Choir in Munich. For choral performances and recordings he has collaborated with the maestri Abbado, Muti, Haitink, Guilini, Blomstedt and Levine, among others.

Since 1988 he is a member of the Royal Academy of Music and in 1991 he was appointed Professor by the Swedish Government. 1998 he was awarded the Royal Medal Litteris et Artibus. In 2000 he was appointed Court organist by H.M The King and in 2007 he was awarded a medal from the Royal Academy of Music.

In December 2012, Gustaf Sjökvist was elected President of the Royal Swedish Academy of Music.

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