Intrada Vocal Ensemble, directed by Ekaterina Antonenko, is one of the leading Russian-based choirs of a new generation. Intrada is regularly invited by Moscow’s leading orchestras (such as the Russian State Symphony Orchestra under Vladimir Jurowski, Moscow Soloists under Yuri Bashmet, Russian National Orchestra under Mikhail Pletnev) and performing in well-known venues (including Moscow and St. Petersburg Philharmony, Mariinsky Concert Hall, Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, Moscow International House of Music and Moscow Kremlin). The choir is a regular guest at the Moscow elite festival “December Nights” founded by Svyatoslav Richter at the State Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts.
Intrada enjoys performing Early Music in collaboration with world-renowned artists and has worked with ensembles and conductors such as “The Tallis Scholars” and Peter Phillips, “Il Giardino Armonico” and Giovanni Antonini, “Le Poème Harmonique” and Vincent Dumestre, Frieder Bernius, Jean-Christophe Spinosi, Hans-Christoph Rademann, Christopher Moulds, Peter Neumann and Stefano Montanari.
Intrada performed Russian sacred music at the Schlosskapelle Dresden as part of “Dresdner Kunstfest 2015”, at the International Congress for Choral Conductors in Paris and at the Musikfest Erzgebirge 2016. In 2017 the ensemble gave a highly praised concert featuring choral music of Shostakovich, Schedrin, Sviridov and Schnittke at the “Dresden Music Festival”. Following an invitation of “Deutschlandradio Kultur” the group performed at the Wartburg Castle in 2018.
The choir premiered a number of contemporary music compositions in Russia, including Frank Martin’s “Mass for Double Choir” and the Moscow premier of David Lang’s “The Little Match Girl Passion”. In 2014 a joint concert of the Tallis Scholars and Intrada dedicated to the memory of Sir John Tavener took place at the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, featuring the second world performance of Tavener’s “Requiem Fragments” (solo soprano: Julia Lezhneva). The group performed world premieres of works by Klaus Lang, Franck Christoph Eznikian, Ilya Demutsky, Vladimir Rannev, Arman Guschan and Alexey Sysoev.