Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir (EPCC) is one of the best-known Estonian music groups in the world. The EPCC was founded by Tõnu Kaljuste in 1981, who was the artistic director and chief conductor for twenty years. In 2001– 2007, the English musician Paul Hillier took over and since the season of 2008/2009 the EPCC has continued with Daniel Reuss as artistic director and chief conductor.
The repertoire of the choir extends from gregorian chant to late baroque and the music of the XX century, ever special focus on the work of Estonian composers (Pärt, Tormis, Tüür, Grigoryeva, Tulev, Kõrvits, Tulve) and introducing it to the world. Each season the choir gives about 60–70 concerts in Estonia and abroad.
The EPCC has cooperated with a number of outstanding conductors and orchestras – Claudio Abbado, Helmuth Rilling, Eric Ericson, Ward Swingle, Neeme Järvi, Paavo Järvi, Nikolai Alekseyev, Andrew Lawrence-King, Roland Böer, Frieder Bernius, Stephen Layton, Marc Minkowski, Christoph Poppen, Sir Colin Davis; with Norwegian, Australian, Lithuanian, Prague and Stuttgardt Chamber Orchestras, Berlin Rundfunk Orchestra, Concerto Copenhagen, Concerto Palatino, Salzburg Camerata, Les Musiciens du Louvre-Grenoble, and with Estonian National Symphony Orchestra and Tallinn Chamber Orchestra.
The EPCC has been a welcome guest at numerous music festivals all over the world, for instance at BBC Proms, Edinburgh International Festival, Abu Gosh Music Festival, Moscow Easter Festival, Musikfest Bremen, Salzburg Festspiele, Mozartwoche, Festival Aix-en-Provence etc.
Another important aspect in the choir’s life is recording music (for ECM, Virgin Classics, Carus, Harmonia Mundi, Ondine), resulting in award-winning CDs, including the album „Arvo Pärt. Da Pacem“ (Harmonia Mundi 2006, cond. Paul Hillier) which won the Grammy Award for Best Choral Performance. All in all, the choir have eleven Grammy nominations with the works by Arvo Pärt, Erkki-Sven Tüür and the music of Nordic countries.