The Slovenian Philharmonic Choir was established as a professional choir under the name the Slovenian Chamber Choir in 1991. Until autumn 2009, it was led by Dr Mirko Cuderman, and for the seasons from 2009/10 to 2011/12 by conductors Martina Batič and Steffen Schreyer. In the 2012/13 season, Martina Batič took over the artistic direction in its entirety.
This 40-member choir, which has been part of the Slovenian Philharmonic since 1998, performs an average of 35 concerts each season, and as many different programmes. It focuses primarily on a cappella compositions from various musical periods, which feature especially in the Philharmonic’s Vocal Series, but it also collaborates with the Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as other Slovenian and foreign orchestras, in the performance of vocal-instrumental works.
The Slovenian Philharmonic Choir is frequently involved in recording projects. Its substantial discography numbers more than 80 compact discs in the collections Musica sacra Slovenica and Slovenska zborovska glasba, presenting an anthological selection of Slovenian choral music, both sacred and secular. In 2016, the Slovenian Philharmonic Choir was accepted as a member of the Tenso Network Europe.
Martina Batič comes from Ajdovščina, Slovenia. She completed her postgraduate studies cum laude in choral conducting in 2004 at the Munich Academy of Music and Theatre. In 2006, Martina Batič won the Eric Ericson Award, which opened the door to the professional choral world for her. Since autumn 2009, she has been the assistant to the director of the Slovenian Philharmonic for choral affairs, and she assumed the position of artistic director of the Slovenian Philharmonic Choir in 2012.
Particularly notable performances in recent years include a concert with the Eric Ericson Chamber Choir in Stockholm celebrating the 90th birthday of composer Ingvar Lidholm (2011), two concerts
with the Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra in the Blue Subscription Series in Ljubljana (2013), and a concert with the Swedish Radio Choir at the Baltic Sea Festival (2014). Martina Batič
frequently prepares choirs for concerts by celebrated conductors such as Valery Gergiev, Heinz Holliger, Marcus Creed, Jaap van Zweden, Kyril Petrenko, Hartmut Haenchen, Gianandrea Noseda, and