The Slovenian Philharmonic Choir was founded in 1991 as a professional choir on the initiative of Mirko Cuderman, who has been leading it until September 2009. Season 2009/2010 choir begins with new leadership, with Martina Batič, as an assistant to the director for the choir and with german conductor Steffen Schreyer as his chief conductor.
This has been an individual organisational unit within the Slovenian Philharmonics and has approximately 30 performances per concert season. Its basic goals are vocal/instrumental and a cappella music concerts within the Vocal season series, and it is regularly active in vocal/instrumental projects in cooperation with Slovenian and foreign orchestras.
The Slovenian Chamber Choir has performed with numerous foreign choirmasters for the Vocal season series (E. Ericson, T. Kaljuste, G. Theuring, V. Kranjčević, J. Scheidegger, H. Leenders …), and the vocal/instrumental music concerts offered many great opportunities for the choir to sing under the baton of renowned Slovenian and foreign orchestra conductors (M. Horvat, K. Penderecki, H. Haenchen, U. Gronostay, T. Guschlbauer, J. Kovács, K. Kobayashi, R. Muti …). Furthermore, the Choir often performs with numerous solo artists from Slovenia and abroad.
Their concert repertoire has offered many premieres of Slovenian and foreign authors’ works, and most of the program within the Vocal season series was new to the home audience.
The Slovenian Chamber Choir has released 30 CDs of Slovenian sacred music under the name Musica sacra Slovenica; it also records for the RTV Slovenia (the national TV and Radio) and regularly works with Zagreb Concert Management. The collection Slovenian Choir Music now contains 56 records already.
The ensemble has performed at several European festivals (Aquileia – Incontri musicali 92 in 93, Čedad – Mittelfest 92, Fiecht – Europasommer 92, Nürnberg – Musica sacra 95, Dubrovnik Festival 95, Eutin and Itzehoe – Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival 98). In 1993, it participated in the Peace in Central Europe Concert in Budapest, the European symposium for choir music in Ljubljana in 1995 and was also involved with the »Mahler–Wien–Amsterdam« project in Amsterdam and Utrecht in 2000.
The Choir is a regular guest at the festival Varaždinske barokne večeri (Varaždin Baroque Evenings), and was also bestowed with the Ivan Lukačić prize there in 1994, 1995, 2000 and 2006. Furthermore, they received the Porin award for best larger ensemble within the Croatian discography 2002. In 2006, the choir was honoured with the highest award for foreign artists: Listina Republike Hrvatske (the Certificate of the Republic of Croatia) for the maintenance of Croatian music heritage.