The Boys Choir “Graz Kapellknaben”
was founded in April 2003 and has been committed from the very beginning with enthusiasm for voice, chorus and ensemble singing.
This engagement begins in the pre-choir with simple children’s songs and folk songs and extends into the concert choir and its’ soloists who perform demanding tasks in concerts, opera and radio, as well as participation in the men’s choir.
With their initial participation in oratorio works (i.e. Bach “motet” and “St. Matthew Passion” Mendelssohn “Paul”) the boys choir was introduced into the world of great choral works and thereafter, through performing “Requiem” by WA Mozart and conducting a concert tour with the “Christmas Oratorio” by JS Bach, were acknowledged as a professional ensemble in the fall and winter of 2006.
2006 was also a breakthrough year for the choir in the field of opera. The first successes were “The Three Boys in The Magic Flute” by WA Mozart at the Graz Opera and “The Elves in A Midsummer Night’s Dream” by B. Britten at the Volksoper in Vienna. The soloists and ensembles performed later at the Schauspielhaus Graz (F. Dürrenmatt “Visit of the Old Lady“), the Stadttheater Klagenfurt (H. Willi “Brother of Sleep”) and Baden (O. Nedbal “Polenblut”), the Theater an der Wien (GF Handel‘s “Messiah”, Lera Auerbach “Gogol”), the Raimund theater (U. Jürgens “I‘ve never been to New York“) and on the podiums of Stefaniensaal Graz and the Konzerthaus and Musikverein Vienna.
International tours to Greece, Hungary and Ukraine were the big challenges, in addition to television and radio productions for ORF, ZDF, arte, 3sat and RAI which the Kapellknaben really enjoyed.
In addition to exploring the great classical works, emphasis was also put on exploring the roots of making such music as folk songs. A book with children’s songs and folk songs was created documenting our works within this area of Western music history.
In 2008, the Kapellknaben marked its’ 5th anniversary. That was a trigger point for a concert series with all “templates parody Mass in B Minor” by JS Bach, which was performed in Styria several times in October 2010. Performing this part of our World Heritage is an outstanding success in the recent history of the choir.
In November 2012, the choir recorded a CD “Styrian Advent and Christmas Songs”, which continues to be a very popular recording.