Gustaf Sjökvist Chamber Choir was founded in 1994 and has since then been a very active part of Swedish musical life. The repertoire consists mainly of contemporary music and the choir has premiered scores of new work of composers such as Sven-David Sandström, Lars Edlund, Jan Sandström, Carl Unander-Scharin, Georg Riedel and Bo Holten. The repertoire also includes the classical oratorios such as Bach B-minor mass, Christmas Oratorio, Brahms’ Ein Deutsches requiem Mozart’s requiem, Beethoven Symphoni no 9, Verdi’s requiem among others.
Throughout the years, the choir has collaborated with many different soloists and ensembles, made tours in many European countries together with Barbara Hendricks and tours in Sweden and Europe together with Jan Lundgren. CD recordings have been made together with Barbara Hendricks, Edita Gruberova, Håkan Hagegård, Malena Ernman, Jan Lundgren, Mats Bergström and Nils Lindberg. The choir has also toured with a cappella music to Germany, the United States, Taiwan and Hong Kong, and also made a number of CD recordings of its own.
Gustaf Sjökvist Chamber Choir has regularly appeared at the Music at Siljan Festival and been invited several times to The Taipei international choral festival in Taiwan. The choir has also performed in various projects in the Stockholm Concert Hall, had concerts in the Royal Palace and has also made numerous TV and radio recordings over the years, among others a series of programs on the AXESS tv-channel and most lately in a program on SVT, “In the footsteps of Bach” about Sven-David Sandström. On June 19 2010 the choir participated in the wedding ceremony between Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel in the Stockholm Cathedral. In December 2011, Gustaf Sjökvist Chamber Choir performed at the Nobel lecture for Tomas Tranströmer at the Swedish Academy. The CDs “No Borders” together with Barbara Hendricks, “Magnum Mysterium” with Jan Lundgren and “I vår tid” have all been nominated for a Swedish Grammy.
During the fall 2012, Gustaf Sjökvist Chamber Choir has participated in the Royal Palace Music Festival and in Lund Choral Festival at the performance of Sven-David Sandström’s Missa Brevis with Malena Ernman and Musica Vitae. The choir is also part of the concerts in Ersta church which this fall include three concerts with Sandström & Bach among others.