Ensemble Blue

The chamber choir of St George’s Church, Küsnacht (Switzerland), directed by Joachim Schwander and with Emanuele Jannibelli on the organ, sings a wide-ranging programme of sacred music, centred around Rheinberger’s Missa Brevis in F major.

Ensemble Bleu is a chamber choir affiliated to the Catholic Church of St George in Küsnacht, Switzerland. Founded by Andreas Gut in 2010 and consisting currently of 24 permanent singers, the group performs in varying formations in services and concerts at St George’s and other churches. Performances have included major choral works such as Handel’s Messiah, Bach’s St Matthew Passion and Christmas Oratorio as well as Requiems by Mozart, Brahms, Rutter and Fauré; the ensemble also cultivates a considerable repertoire of sacred a cappella music ranging from Josquin’s Missa Pange Lingua and Gregorio’s Miserere through motets by Bach, Mendelssohn and Bruckner to French and English modernism.

Emanuele Jannibelli studied organ with Jakob Wittwer and later with Rudolf Meyer at the Conservatoire of Winterthur (Switzerland), where he obtained his concert diploma with distinction in 1993. Further studies led him to Ludger Lohmann in Stuttgart and Marie-Louise Langlais in Paris. At the latter place he earned the Prix d’excellence in 1995. He also holds a piano teaching diploma, having been taught by Boris Mersson and Katharina Auf der Maur. Since 2014 he is organist at the Catholic Church of St George in Küsnacht, a role which he combines with teaching at Zurich Hochschule der Künste.

Joachim Schwander has been Organist and Director of Music at St George’s Küsnacht since April 2017, where he conducts the four choirs, plays the organ in the three churches of the parish and oversees a wide range of musical activities happening in and around St George’s. Open to a broad musical repertoire spanning from Gregorian Chant to contemporary classical music, his musical interests reach beyond the boundaries of classical music. A versatile improvisor on the organ, Joachim has collaborated with musicians from his local jazz, folk and techno scenes. This stylistic variety is also reflected in the various choral groups which he directs.