Cappella Amsterdam was established by Jan Boeke in 1970 and has since 1990 been under the artistic leadership of Daniel Reuss. In recent years the choir has occupied a prominent position in the field of Dutch music and has enjoyed great success in Europe and beyond.
Cappella Amsterdam is renowned for its homogenous, refined consonance and its extraordinary versatility. The choir excels in both modern repertoires as in music by the old masters and especially embraces the works of Dutch composers.
Not only does Cappella Amsterdam enjoy success with its own productions but also through collaborations with other established choirs, ensembles and orchestras. The choir worked with, among others, Asko|Schönberg, Orchestre de Paris, Ensemble Intercontemporain, Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, SWR Vokalensemble, musikFabrik, and RIAS Kammerchor.
Harmonia mundi has released several CD’s by Cappella Amsterdam, which have all been received with praise. Lux Aeterna, which included works by György Ligeti and Robert Heppener, was crowned with the ‘Diapason d’Or de l’année 2009’. Recordings of Frank Martin’s Golgotha (2010, Grammy nominated) and Choral Works by Janáček (2012) have also earned international acclaim. Choral Works received ‘Diapason d’Or’, ‘Choc de Classica’, ‘Preis der Deutschen Schallplatten Kritik’ and ‘Edison Klassiek 2013’. Stabat Mater by Francis Poulenc (2014), recorded with soprano Carolyn Sampson, the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir and the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, was rewarded with the ‘CHOC de l’année 2014’. And Warum ist das Licht gegeben dem Mühseligen? with choral works by Johannes Brahms (2014) was awarded with Der Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik. The CD Arvo Pärt - Kanon Pokajanen (2016) was praised internationally.
To share knowledge, repertoire and experiences, Cappella Amsterdam became one of the founders of Tenso, the European network of professional chamber choirs.