The Philharmonia Chorus is an independent symphony chorus based in London.
The Philharmonia Chorus is an independent symphony chorus based in London. Founded in 1957 by Walter Legge who had formed the Philharmonia Orchestra 12 years earlier, the Philharmonia Chorus quickly established itself under Chorus Master Wilhelm Pitz as Europe's leading symphony chorus. Since then, the Chorus has performed with nearly every distinguished conductor of our time and has made over 80 recordings. The tradition of choral excellence continues today with Chorus Master Stefan Bevier.
Stefan Bevier originally studied singing and double bass at the Hochschule der Künste, Berlin, and obtained a scholarship from the Herbert von Karajan Foundation. He was a member of the Orchestra Academy of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra as well as a regular deputy for them under Herbert von Karajan. He studied singing with Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Schuch-Tovini and Aribert Reimann, and conducting with the former Chief Conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic, Sergiu Celibidache. He is Chief Conductor of the Festival Orchestra Berlin, the Baroque Orchestra Berlin, and is the founder and conductor of the European Vocal Soloists. He started working with the Philharmonia Chorus in 1999, and was appointed Chorus Master in 2010.