Audi Youth Choral Academy

Talent, a love of music and a willingness to work with the utmost dedication and perseverance – even to the smallest musical detail. That’s the secret of the Audi Young Persons’ Choral Academy’s success. It was a success story right from the start when it was founded in 2007 as part of AUDI AG’s commitment to culture. The international awards and unanimous praise it has received from the music and media world alike gives testimony to the quality of this exceptional choir, which has become a fixed part of the annual Audi Summer Concerts. The some 80 young singers are also enthralling audiences outside the region with appearances in Munich, the Berlin Cathedral, Passau and even the Vatican.

In 2010, the choir released its first CD, which was recorded with the Bavarian State Orchestra under the direction of Kent Nagano. At about the same time, the choir won its first international music award: a Gold Certificate for exceptional artistic achievement. The Audi Young Persons’ Choral Academy was also an award winner during the 2011 “365 Landmarks in the Land of Ideas” competition. The jury of experts praised the Audi young musicians’ program as an outstanding example of the sustainability, courage, commitment and creativity of the people of Germany. In 2012 the Audi Young Persons’ Choral Academy was on a celebrated concert tour in Taiwan and Singapore.

The choir meets two to three times a year over a period of several days to take part in workshops and rehearsals. Away from everyday distractions, the young singers and staff are able to fully concentrate and dedicate themselves to music. The choir has two projects a year with one or more appearances providing its crowning achievement. Together with a team of music and voice teachers, the choir’s director and professor of choral conducting at the University of Music and Performing Arts, Martin Steidler, inspires his group to give its very best. In addition to extensive choir rehearsals, each singer receives individual voice lessons and music instruction. A love of music and singing together with a tremendous amount of talent, and incredible sound and expression is what gives the Audi Young Persons’ Choral Academy its special draw. Applications are open to talented young people between the ages of 16 and 27. Currently, the choir is composed of singers from across Germany as well as from neighboring countries.

The latest landmarks in the choir’s short but successful history include the release of a cappella CD in July 2012 and a giant triumph at the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, performing Bach’s Christmas oratorio at the beginning of 2013.