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Since their formation six years ago, the young artists of Vokalquintett Berlin have rapidly gained an excellent reputation as interpreters of classical a cappella music, both early and contemporary. Describing their concert at the 2009 Innsbruck Festival of Early Music, the Wiener Zeitung wrote of their "first class status in this genre". The idea of forming the Quintett was made while singing under the direction of René Jacobs, at the Academy of the 2008 Innsbruck Festival.

Originating from Germany and Israel, the five singers also perform regularly with other ensembles such as RIAS Kammerchor, Collegium Vocale Gent and Kammerchor Stuttgart. Their repertoire is rich and varied, ranging from music of the Renaissance/Baroque eras through to the 20th and 21st centuries, focusing in particular on the works of Claudio Monteverdi, Carlo Gesualdo, Johann Hermann Schein and Heinrich Schütz.

Since their debut in Berlin, they have created seven varied and differing programmes, and given several concerts at interesting and unusual venues all over Germany, including Radialsystem V in Berlin, Konzerthaus Berlin, the big synagogue at Rykestraße in Berlin and Schloss Elmau in Bavaria. In 2012, the Quintett performed for the first time in Israel at the Abu Gosh Vocal Music Festival under the auspices of Goethe-Institut, and again in 2013 under the auspices of the Johannes Rau Foundation.

Vokalquintett Berlin also collaborates with composers from Israel and Germany. A CD with A letter from Naghib Mahfuz – composed for the ensemble by Tsippi Fleischer – has been released by the label Vienna Modern Masters in March 2013. They also gave a concert including pieces of contemporary music from Austria and their Renaissance counterparts at the Austrian Cultural Forum, Berlin, which was highly acclaimed. Their programme Preserve My Soul combines works based on texts from the great spiritual traditions of Judaism, Christianity and Islam.
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