History

The German-Polish choral academy “in terra pax” was called into existence after the fall of the Berlin Wall and the Iron Curtain in 1991 by musicians such as Professor Ludwig Güttler, Dresden, Professor Jan Szyrocki, Szczecin, Wolfgang Unger, Leipzig, Volker Schmidt-Gertenbach, Göttingen and Werner Pfaff, Karlsruhe. Patronage was taken over by the Presidents of Poland and Germany.

In summer 1998 we were able to welcome singers from France to “in terra pax” for the first time.

In 2003 Professor Jan Szyrocki, founder and artistic director of the academy. His responsibilities were assumed by Dr. Richard Zielinski from the USA and Professor Benedykt Błonski from Poland. Since 2011 Jean-Baptiste Bertrand from France is the artistic director.

“in terra pax” has a special relationship with the Polish composer Marek Jasinski, who wrote a piece especially for the academy every year until his death in the year 2010.

Over the course of time many internationally famous conductors have worked with “in terra pax”. You can find a list on the page conductors. Please understand that the biographies represent the point at which the conductors worked with “in terra pax” and are not updated.

You can also find a program archive containing the pieces “in terra pax” performed in every year and a number of articles written about “in terra pax”, either by the press or by participants.