Kosovo Philharmonic Choir

Kosovo Philharmonic Choir is a professional ensemble with 50 members, that continues the work of the Professional Choir of the Radio Television of Prishtina, a choir that was well-known in the 80’s under the direction of current permanent conductor Rafet Rudi. Under his direction the choir has had successful and important presentations in Kosovo and abroad. Thanks to him, the choir is devoted to contemporary choral literature as well as to the choral polyphony of the Renaissance and Baroque era. Choir and Philharmonic Orchestra performed a number of important vocal-instrumental works such as: Mass in D Major K.194 by Mozart, ‘Vespro della Beata Vergine 1610’ by Monteverdi, Cantata No. 28 by Bach, Vivaldi’s ‘Gloria’, Mass in C Major by Beethoven and  Hayden’s ‘Mass In tempore belli”. The work of the choir was halted by violence in the beginning of  90’s under the Serbian regime, while the choir was reconstituted in 2003, but this time as part of Kosovo Philharmonic. With its activity the choir also has developed continuously the tradition of the choral singing in Kosovo, present in the country since 1945. The repertoire of Kosovo Philharmonic Choir includes works of different stylistic eras, starting from works of old masters of vocal music (C. Monteverdi, T. Morley, J. Arcadelt)  up to works of well-known composers of the modern and contemporary literature (B. Britten, A. Part, E. Whitacre etc.). A crucial place of the choirs repertoire consist works by Albanian composers. The choir does have regular appearances with its A capella concerts in Croatia, Albania and Macedonia while in September 3rd 2016 the Kosovo Philharmonic Choir sang at a concert in honor of Mother Teresa in Vatican ahead of the nun’s canonization. The choir does collaborate also with guest conductors, among others such are: Marko Vatovec, Damijan Mocnik, Baki Jashari and Marcio da Silva. In may 2018, the Philharmonic Choir of Kosovo has performed a tour in England, a presentation that was highly praised by British critics.