The Moscow State Academic Choir is one of the oldest and most famous of Russian choirs. The choir was founded in 1956 by the esteemed conductor Vladislav Sokolov, winner of the Glinka State Prize of the Russian Federation.
By 1957, the choir had won first prize at the 6th World Youth and Students Festival in Russia, and has maintained a high profile ever since. The choir has toured regularly within Russia, as well as in Western Europe and Asia. The Moscow State Academic Choir has debuted a number of choral works by Russian composers, including Prokofiev's Ivan the Terrible and Kabalevsky's Requiem. The choir has a large number of Russian spiritual and patriotic works within its repertory including the great choral scenes from various Russian operas, and choral versions of Russian and other folk melodies.