Founded in 1948 under the auspices of ‘Radio in the American Sector’, the RIAS Kammerchor played an important role in the revival of post-war musical life in Berlin. The core of its repertoire is the music of the Baroque era, together with the modern classics and the music of today. It swiftly acquired an international reputation for premiering new works by such composers as Penderecki, Reimann, Kagel, Gundermann, and Tan Dun.
After Uwe Gronostay, Marcus Creed and Daniel Reuss, Hans-Christoph Rademann has directed the ensemble since 2007, in close collaboration with Concerto Köln, the Freiburger Barockorchester, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin and the Orchestre des Champs-Élysées, and such conductors as Frans Brüggen, Roger Norrington, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, René Jacobs, and Philippe Herreweghe.
Since 1994 the RIAS Kammerchor has been a member of the ROC (grouping of radio orchestras and choirs), supported by Deutschlandradio, the German federal government, the state of Berlin, and Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg.
Frank Markowitsch regularly conducts the RIAS Kammerchor and other leading choirs in France and Germany. He has worked with such conductors as René Jacobs (Berlin Staatsoper and Innsbruck and Aix-en-Provence festivals), Marc Minkowski, Ingo Metzmacher, Kazushi Ono, Ton Koopman, and Konrad Junghänel. He teaches at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler.