Founded in 2010 by Burak Onur Erdem, Rezonans has become one of the prominent choirs of Turkey within a few seasons. The choir performs regularly in leading choral festivals of Europe and sings under the baton of world-renowned conductors.
Rezonans has a repertoire that concentrates on the works of 20th and 21st century Turkish composers, as well as works of contemporary period and German romantic period. The choir performed the world premieres of Hasan Uçarsu and Özkan Manav compositions and was the first choir who performed the Kamran Ince's Gloria in Turkey. Rezonans is also preparing to bring many new Turkish pieces to the light.
The choir worked with Grammy© award winning composer Eric Whitacre, Nigel Short, former member of the famous British a capella band King’s Singers, Jo-Micheal Scheibe, the president of American Choral Directors Association, Volker Hempfling, among the most important living conductors of Germany and Georg Grün, also one of the special conductors of Germany.
Rezonans performed with significant choirs of the world within 8 seasons by hosting them in Istanbul: Yale Schola Cantorum (conducted by Simon Carrington), Salt Lake Vocal Artists (conducted by Brady Allred) and Junges Vokalensemble Hannover (conducted by Klaus- Jürgen Etzold).
The choir gave concerts in prominent music festivals of Turkey like IKSV Music Festival, Opus Amadeus Chamber Music Festival, SANSEV Choral Festival, Çanakkale Choral Festival, Ankara Choral Festival and Mozart Amadeus Izmir Polyphonic Choir Festival.
Rezonans represented Turkey in the largest choral festival of Europe, Europa Cantat Festival and sang Turkish music with 5.000 participants in Hungary. The choir also was the first Turkish choir to take part in the legendary Cork International Fleischmann Trophy and won the second prize in 2016.
Rezonans has been selected Turkey’s Choir of the Year by the Donizetti Classical Music Awards in 2017. In the same year, choir won the third prize in Monographic Category of the Arezzo Choral Competition within European Grand Prix and qualified to final stage. Rezonans also took place in Fano Choral Festival by giving two special concerts one of which was the opening concert of festival.
In 2018, the choir attended to The International May Choir Competition in Varna and won “The Best Young Conductor” prize. Then, choir successfully represented Turkey with acclaimed concerts in the Europa Cantat Festival in Tallinn.
Rezonans is evaluating the invitations received from different international festival / competition organizations and is preparing to represent our country in the choir competition to be held in Marktoberdorf, Germany in 2019. Rezonans will also host Johannes Hiemetsberger, conductor of Chorus sine nominee and Neue Wiener Stimmen, and Çiğdem Aytepe, Hacettepe University Instructor and conductor of Ertuğrul Oğuz Fırat Choir, as guest conductors during the season.
Zeynep Eren Kovankaya
Cansu Saydan Demir