The Tölzer Knabenchor (the Tölz Boys' Choir) was founded in 1956 in Bad Tölz, Bavaria, Germany. Since 1970, the choir has maintained two separate studios, in Bad Tölz and in Munich-Solln. Boys accepted to the choir are trained rigorously in the German classical tradition.
The Knabenchor's repertoire features baroque oratorios and other performances of early music, many of which have been preserved in high-quality recordings. Among these are the Kleine Geistliche Konzerte (Little Sacred Concertos) of Heinrich Schütz, recorded between 1987 and 1990 under the baton of Gerhard Schmidt-Gaden.
The various ensembles of the Tölzer Knabenchor give nearly 240 concerts and operatic performances annually. The choristers receive a share of the proceeds. The choir has traveled extensively, performing in China, Japan, the USA, Israel, England, France, Italy, Spain, Holland, Belgium, Poland, Austria and Switzerland. Many eminent conductors have worked or still work with them. Among them, Claudio Abbado, Daniel Barenboim, Leonard Bernstein, Karl Böhm, Celibidache, John Eliot Gardiner, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Herbert von Karajan, Gustav Leonhardt, James Levine, Lorin Maazel, Metha, Muti, Seiji Ozawa, Sawallisch, Sir Georg Solti, and Weil.
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