Choir Conducting

In rehearsals I care about effective and goal-oriented work. Voice training is very important to me to improve the choral sound continuously and to teach singers a high quality vocal technique. I value accuracy and attention to detail without losing the overall conception of a project and offer helpful advices, exercises and goals to achieve an authentic, pure and true-to-style result.

Due to my wide range of experience in various choral styles I focus on the typical sound character of the particular project. Among other things, I sang in a choral residency in England, attended oratorio rehearsals under Ton Koopman, realised the Stabat Mater by Karl Jenkins with two choirs and orchestra, did an internship at Stadttheater Luzern (Lucerne Opera House) during the production Magic Flute, became familiar with the Nordic and also with the Russian orthodox choral culture, developed two famous Musicals as musical co-director in a professional musical theatre and composed, rehearsed and performed a choir piece on comission for the Swiss National Day Celebration of the city of Zurich.

I always strive to support and promote choirs competently and professionally with my positive, open-minded approach and my pedagogical skills. The friendly and respectful treatment of the singers is also very important to me. My creative, fresh but authentic interpretations of the works testify to a solid analysis of the musical material and intensive studies of important sources from the respective period of time.

Education in Choral Conducting, graduated from Lucerne University of Music and Latvian Academy of Music (Riga) under Howard Arman, Pascal Mayer, Franz Schaffner, Māris Sirmais and Markus Zemp.

Feedback on the musical work in the field of choir conducting:

  • “Sven is a totally exceptional, professional choirmaster. He is incredibly inspiring and has 100% contact with his chorus singers. He raises his choral singers both technically and emotionally to a whole new level.”
    — Leif, Choir Conductor from Sweden
  • “His high demands on the chorus he generates with his positive and motivating way of working.”
    — Monika, Joy Singers
  • “His immense presence and motivating nature lead us to practice difficult passages or to develop new pieces with pleasure. Sven is distinguished by his enormous patience, empathy and positive frame of mind, even with large challenges.”
    — Kornel, Joy Singers
  • “Sven-David demands and encourages us with well-structured, interesting and informative rehearsals. He indicates a lot of patience and with his talent in motivating, he can lead us to “top performances”. Again and again he surprises us with his inexhaustible inventiveness. Young talent! It’s great to sing in his choir!”
    — Annalisa, Echor Sempach

Currently, I conduct the Cantus Zürich and its subsidiary choirs (Gregorianik-Schola, Bachensemble), the Choir of the parish Maria Krönung Witikon and the Choir of the Kantonsschule Frauenfeld.

To work as a guest conductor and other projects, I’m always open and interested.
For direct enquiries please contact via the contact page.