Florian Helgath Conductor Generalmanagement

Artistic Director Chorwerk Ruhr & Zürcher Sing-Akademie

Florian Helgath has established himself as one of the leading choral conductors of the younger generation. As artistic director and conductor of Chorwerk Ruhr and the Zürcher Sing-Akademie, he shaped the ensembles into top international choirs of the highest calibre, both with cappella music as well as in the field of choral symphonies.

From 2009 to 2015 Florian Helgath conducted the Danish Radio Choir in Copenhagen and led the Via Nova Choir Munich from 2008 to 2016. With this ensemble he has conducted numerous world premieres and has been awarded national and international prizes.

Florian Helgath is a regular guest with the RIAS Kammerchor, Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks, SWR Vokalensemble, MDR Rundfunkchor Leipzig, The Norwegian Soloists' Choir, Netherlands Radio Choir,  Flemish Radio Choir and Croatian Radio Symphony & Choir.

Further ahead are return visits with Choeur de Radio France and his debuts with Coro da Música Porto and Slovenian Philharmonic & Choir apart of his projects with his own vocal ensembles.

He has also worked with orchestras such as the Gulbenkian Orchestra, Aarhus Symphony, South Denmark Philharmonic, Stavanger Symphony, Brussels Philharmonic, Odense Symphony, Münchner Rundfunkorchester, WDR Orchestra, Munich and Bochum Symphony Orchestra, Dortmund and Duisburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Zurich Chamber Orchestra as well as Ensemble Resonanz.

In the field of historical performance practice he has realized projects with Freiburg Barockorchester, Orchestra La Scintilla of the Zurich Opera, Concerto Köln, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin and B'Rock Orchestra.

Engagements led him to major concert halls and festivals such as Berlin Festspiele, Schwetzingen Festspiele, Bachfest Leipzig, Donaueschingen Musiktage, Eclat Festival Neue Musik Stuttgart, Thüringen Bachwochen, BR Musica Viva, ION Nuremberg and partitularly to Ruhrtriennale with contemporary opera performances and numerous manifold projects. In addition to a cappella projects, Florian Helgath focusses on performances of choral symphonic and symphonic repertoire.

Florian Helgath's discography includes numerous highly acclaimed albums such as Carré/Chorbuch with Chorwerk Ruhr on the Coviello Classics label (Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik 2022), the album Geistliche Gesänge with works by J.S. Bach, Reger, Knut Nystedt with the MDR Rundfunkchor (ICMA Award 2017) or Da Pacem: Echo of the Reformation with the RIAS Kammerchor and Capella de la Torre (ECHO Klassik 2017). The album of Tigran Mansurian's Requiem with the RIAS Kammerchor with Munich Chamber Orchestra by ECM Records was nominated for a Grammy in 2018 (Best Choral Performance).

In October 2020, Florian Helgath was appointed as professor of Hochschule für Musik und Tanz in Cologne.

Florian Helgath gained his first musical experience with Regensburg Domspatzen and at Hochschule für Musik und Theater Munich. Michael Gläser, Stefan Parkman and Dan Olof Stenlund were among his important teachers who had a decisive influence on his development as a conductor.

Further important steps in his career was international success as a prize-winner in competitions such as the Eric Ericson Award 2006, the Competition For Young Choral Conductors 2007 in Budapest and the Choral Conductors' Forum of Bavarian Radio 2007.

Season 2024/25

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Florian Helgath conducts Croatian Radio Symphony & Choir

Florian Helgath conducts Bruckner: Mass F minor with Croatian Radio Symphony & Choir and soloists in Zagreb on 9 May 2024.

Florian Helgath conducts Bach: Matthew Passion in Munich

Florian Helgath conducts J.S. Bach: Matthew Passion with the Munich Bach-Chor, Bach-Orchester and soloists in Munich on 29 March 2024.

Florian Helgath at rostrum of Gulbenkian Orchestra & Choir

Florian Helgath conducts Bach: Christmas Oratorio (I-II, V-VI) with the Gulbenkian Orchestra, Choir and soloists in Lisbon on 20,  21 and 22 December 2023.

Florian Helgath & Chorwerk Ruhr: New album by Brahms

Coviello Classics released the new album Als ob mich Engel riefen  with Chorwerk Ruhr & Florian Helgath featuring various A cappella compositions by Brahms.

Florian Helgath conducts Chorwerk Ruhr & Bochum Symphony

Florian Helgath conducts Dvorak: Stabat mater with Chorwerk Ruhr, Bochum Symphony and soloists in two concerts in Bochum on 1 November 2023 in Bochum and Coesfeld on 5 November in Coesfeld.

Florian Helgath conducts Brahms: A German Requiem

Florian Helgath conducts Brahms' A German Requiem with Zürcher Sing-Akademie, Orchestra La Scintilla and soloists in three concerts: Zürich 20.10.2023, Bern 21.10. and Basel 22.10.


Florian Helgath with The Norwegian Soloists' Choir

Florian Helgath conducts The Norwegian Soloists' Choir in Oslo on 14 October 2023 presenting a programme of Brahms, Poulenc, Hindemith, Britten and Grieg.

Florian Helgath conducts Netherlands Radio Choir in Utrecht+Amsterdam

Florian Helgath conducts the Netherlands Radio Choir in two concerts in Utrecht and Amsterdam on 6 and 8 October 2023. The programme features music by Brahms, Grace-Evangeline Mason and Frank Martin.

Florian Helgath conducts Chorwerk Ruhr at Ruhrtriennale

Florian Helgath directs Chorwerk Ruhr at Ruhrtriennale in three concerts from 18-20 August 2023 in Dortmund, Zeche Zollern featuring Rachmaninov: Vespers op. 37.


Chorwerk Ruhr & Florian Helgath: album nomination for OPUS Klassik

The album Mauricio Kagel: Chorbuch of Chorwerk Ruhr and Florian Helgath (Coviello Classics) is nominated for an OPUS Klassik 2023 in the category choral recording.The winners will be elected on 8 October.

Florian Helgath conducts The New Israeli Vocal Ensemble

Florian Helgath conducts the The New Israeli Vocal Ensemble in four concerts on 08.06.2023 Ra'anana, 09.06. Jerusalem, 10.06. Haifa and 11.06. Tel Aviv with an A cappella programme of  Frank Martin, Johannes Brahms, Paul Hindemith and Giles Swayne.

Florian Helgath conducts programme 'In Paradisum' on Swiss tour

Florian Helgath conducts Zürcher Sing-Akademie in five concerts in Zürich on 10 February 2023, Bern (Französische Kirche) on 11 February,

Bern (Martinskirche) on 10 March, Biel on 11 March and Lucerne on 12 March. The A cappella programme features music by Jaakko Mäntyjärvi, Mendelssohn, Thomas Jennefelt, Brahms, Michael Tippett and Mahler/Clytus Gottwald.

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Florian Helgath at Sonderborg Symphony & Choir

Florian Helgath conducts the Sonderjyllands Symfoniorkester, Filharmonisk Kor and soloists in Bach: Christmas Oratorio, cantatas I-III in three concerts in Sonderborg on 15 December 2022 in Sonderborg, Kolding on 16 December and Logumkloster on 17 December.

Florian Helgath extends tenure with Chorwerk Ruhr until 2026

Florian Helgath will lead the CHORWERK RUHR into the future for another three years. He will remain associated with one of the most important chamber choirs in the German-speaking world as artistic director until October 2026.

Born in Regensburg, the 43-year-old quickly established himself as one of the leading choral conductors of the younger generation and has been instrumental in shaping the successful work of CHORWERK RUHR since 2011. Florian Helgath sees his work as an exploration of new choral music that refers to traditional forms of music and thus enables the audience to have an extended artistic experience of the rich history of music.

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Florian Helgath & Chorwerk Ruhr in Amsterdam

Chorwerk Ruhr, Florian Helgath and instrumentalists give their debut at Amsterdam, Muziekgebouw on 30 September 2022 with music by J.S. Bach and Mauricio Kagel:Chorbuch.


Florian Helgath at rostrum of Aarhus Symphony

Florian Helgath conducts the Aarhus Symphony & Choirs on 9 December with the world premiere of Thomas Agerfeldt-Olesens' Christmas Oratorio (soloist: Peter Lodahl, tenor) and J.S. Bach's Orchestral Suite No. 3

Florian Helgath directs Stavanger Symphony

On 21 October Florian Helgath is at the rostrum of Stavanger Symphony & Chorus to conduct Carl Orff: Carmina Burana.

Florian Helgath: 2 nominations for OPUS KLASSIK

For the two albums Mozart: Requiem with Chorwerk Ruhr, Concerto Köln and soloists for Coviello Records as well as Praetorius & Italy with RIAS Kammerchor and Capella de la Torre for deutsche harmonia mundi  Florian Helgath has been nominated for OPUS KLASSIK in the category choir music. The award presentation will take place at Konzerthaus Berlin on 10 October.

Florian Helgath & Zürcher Sing-Akademie: Concert stream on 11 June

Florian Helgath conducts the Zürcher Sing-Akademie with music by Alfred Schnittke, Josef Rheinberger, Charles Hubert Parry, Knut Nystedt, Giuseppe di Bianco and Burkhard Kinzler on 11 June, 19:30 at Rheinau Klosterkirche. The video is available afterwards yet. Here the link: <link www.sing-akademie.ch/concerts.php _blank>https://www.sing-akademie.ch/concerts.php</link>

Florian Helgath at rostrum of Bochum Symphony

Florian Helgath is at the rostrum of Bochum Symphony and Chorwerk Ruhr in Bochum on 31 October and in Essen on 1 November to conduct Brahms: Nänie and Fauré: Requiem with Anna Feith, soprano and Ludwig Mittelhammer, baritone.

Florian Helgath conducts Carmina Burana

Florian Helgath lately conducted Carl Orff's Carmina Burana in the version for choir, two pianos, percussion and soloists with the Zürcher Sing-Akademie. View the

video here: <link https: www.youtube.com>


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Florian Helgath conducts South Denmark Philharmonic

Florian Helgath conducts the South Denmark Philharmonic & Chorus and soloists in Sonderborg on 17 and 18 December in J.S. Bach's Christmas Oratorio, cantatas I-III.

Florian Helgath conducts Händel

Watch the Florian Helgath, Zürcher Sing-Akademie and Orchestra La Scintilla with "Handel in Rome" here: <link https: youtu.be jfukqvqgqow _blank>


. The programme features Dixit Dominus, Laudate pueri and excerpts from Messiah.

Florian Helgath & Chorwerk Ruhr: Mozart album

Coviello Classics has released another album of Florian Helgath, Chorwerk Ruhr, Concerto Köln and soloists with Mozart's Requiem in the version of Michael Ostrzyga (2019) in June 2020.

Florian Helgath about Mendelssohn's "Elias"

Florian Helgath talks about Mendelssohn's Elias: <link https: www.youtube.com _blank>


Florian Helgath conducts Netherlands Radio Choir

Florian Helgath conducts the Netherlands Radio Choir in Groningen on 6 March with Brahms' A German Requiem (version for choir, soprano, baritone and piano duo).

Florian Helgath conducts The Norwegian Soloists' Choir

On 9 February Florian Helgath conducts The Norwegian Soloists' Choir in Oslo. The programmes features music by Brahms, Thomas Jennefelt, Hugo Wolf and Mauricio Kagel.



Als ob mich Engel riefen

Choral Music by Johannes Brahms
Florian Helgath
Chorwerk Ruhr
(Coviello Classics 2023)

A Swiss Romantic

Florian Helgath
Zürcher Sing-Akademie
(Claves Records 2023)


Swiss a cappella music
Florian Helgath
Zürcher Sing-Akademie
(Claves Records 2022)

Mauricio Kagel: Chorbuch + [Stockhausen]

Mauricio Kagel: Chorbuch
Chorwerk Ruhr
Florian Helgath Dirigent
(Coviello Classics 2022)

Musikalische Exequien / Voices

Schütz, Brass
Florian Helgath
Chorwerk Ruhr
(Coviello Classics 2022)

Motets of the 17th century

Florian Helgath
Chorwerk Ruhr
Capella de la Torre
(Coviello Classics 2021)

Praetorius & Italy

Florian Helgath
RIAS Kammerchor
Capella de la Torre
Katharina Bäuml
(deutsche harmonia mundi 2021)

Mozart: Requiem

Florian Helgath
Chorwerk Ruhr
Gabriela Scherer - Anke Vondung - Tilman Lichdi - Tobias Bern
Concerto Köln
(Coviello Classics 2020)

Cafe Beethoven: Bagatelles by and about Ludwig van Beethoven

Florian Helgath
SWR Vokalensemble
Bill - Weissengruber -
Bruckman - Herfurtner - Schlachter
(Coviello Classics 2020)

Nikolaus Brass

fallacies of hope - deutsches requiem
Florian Helgath
SWR Vokalensemble
(NEOS 2019)

Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem

Florian Helgath
ChorWerk Ruhr
Sebastian Breuing & Christoph Schnackertz piano
(Coviello Classics 2019)

Walter Furrer: Drei Chöre a cappella

3 religiöse Chöre aus Faust I
Florian Helgath
Zürcher Sing-Akademie
(SRF 2 Kultur 2018)

Buji-ja - Bij-ju

Schanderl, Buchenberg, Zink,
Ostrzyga, Gerulewicz, Cadario,
Desprez, Salamon, Seither, Weidner
Florian Helgath
Via-Nova-Chor München
(Spektral 2017)

Missa in c - Stabat Mater

Johann Simon Mayr
Florian Helgath
Orpheus Vokalensemble
Concerto Köln
(SWR 2 / Carus 2017)

Da Pacem

Lasso, Schütz, Monteverdi
RIAS Kammerchor
Capella de la Torre
Katharina Bäuml
(Sony Music / DeutschlandRadio Kultur 2017)

Geistliche Gesänge

Reger, Bach, Nystedt
Florian Helgath
MDR Rundfunkchor
(Querstand 2016)

Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks - "Hört! Die Engelsboten singen!

Christmas with the Choir of the Bayerischer Rundfunk
Florian Helgath Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunk
Francois Leleux
(BR Klassik 2013)

Bachfest Leipzig 2013 Selected Highlights

Palestrina/Wagner Stabat mater
Florian Helgath
MDR Rundfunkchor
(Bachfest 2013)

Via-Nova-Chor - Contemporary Choral Music

Schnittke, Ravel, Bruckner, Sandström a.o.
Florian Helgath
Via Nova Choir
(Spektral 2012)