The Rundfunchor Berlin (Berlin Radio Chorus), founded in 1925, shaped the musical highlights of the 1920s and 30s under the conductors such a Szell, Scherchen, Klemperer, and Kleiber and, beginning in the 1950s under Helmut Koch, made Handel's oratorios internationally known for the first time in their original versions. Dietrich Knothe (1982-1993) developed the ensemble into a precision instrument for the most demanding literature. Robin Gritton (1994-2001) enhanced an refind its nearly infinite palette of colors. Simon Halsey has been principal conductor of the Rundfunkchor since 2001. The focus his work is absolute precision and subtle mixtures of colors. He places particular emphasis on stylistically and linguistically perfect, yet vivid and thrilling interpretations of worksfrom all periods and national schools. In addition to his partnerships with the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin (Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra) under Marek Janowski and the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester under Kent Nagano and his successor, Ingo Metzmacher, Halsey has expanded his collaboration with the Berlin Philharmonic. The Rundfunikchor is a regular partner of this and many other international orchestras under all the distinguished conductors, appearing in Berlin's Philharmonie as well as on international tours and numerous CD recordings.
Stefan Parkman, born in Uppsala in 1952, hold the post of Eric-Ericson-Professor of Choral Cunducting at the University in his native city. After completing his studies in Uppsala and Stockholm, he conducted the uppsala Cathedral Boy's Choir in Stockhol (1985-1993), the Danish Radio Choir (1989-2002, since the Honorary and Guest Conductor), the Uppsala Academic Chamber Choir (since 1993), and the Sediesh Radio Choir (2002-2005). In addition, Parkman conducts all the major ensembles and symphony orchstras in Skandinavia and directs productions at the Royal Swedish Opera in Stockholm. Outside of Scandinavia, he works with the Netherlands Chamber Choir in Amsterdam, the BBC Singers in London, the Bayrischer Rundfunchor (Bavarian Radio Choir) in Muinch, and has worked extensivliy with the Rundfunkchor Berlin since 1993. Parkman gives master classes, workshops, and seminars in Sweden and abroad. He appears as a soloist in Baroque Passions and oratorios. In 1997, Queen Margarethe II of Denmark made him a knight of the Dannebrog Order. He was elected to membership in the Royal Swedish Academy of Music in 1998.