The SWR Vokalensemble Stuttgart, with its 33 singers, is considered one of the leading international ensembles for 20th century and contemporary vocal music. It first appeared at the Donaueschingen Festival in 1947. In 1951, their new chief conductor Hermann Joseph Dahmen began to significantly promote the choir’s specialization in contemporary vocal music. With its subsequent chief conductors Marinus Voorberg (1975–1981), Klaus-Martin Ziegler (1981– 1987) and Rupert Huber (1990–2000), the SWR Vokalensemble attained an international reputation as an ensemble for new music. Marcus Creed has been the chief conductor since 2003. Under his direction, the SWR Vokalensemble founded its first own concert series in Stuttgart. The CD productions recorded under Marcus Creed’s baton have won significant awards. They include practically unknown works by Charles Ives, Elliott Carter and Heitor Villa-Lobos. For its production of Bruckner’s E minor Mass and a selection of motets, the SWR Vokalensemble Stuttgart was named “Ensemble of the Year” in 2009. In 2011 and 2012 they were awarded the Echo Classic Prize for the “Choral Production of the Year” (2011: Heitor Villa- Lobos, Choral Works; 2012: György Ligeti, Requiem). Furthermore, the ensemble was awarded the “European Choir Prize” by the Pro Europa Foundation for Culture for its pioneering efforts on behalf of contemporary vocal music.