Since 2011, Florian Helgath has been Artistic Director of the ChorWerk Ruhr. Within the past years he presented choir music of various periods on the highest level both in a cappella and with orchestras. Starting 2017/18 he is Artistic Director of the Zürcher Sing-Akademie.
Helgath has held the position as conductor of the Danish National Choir from 2009 to 2015 and was Artistic Director of the ViaNova Chor Munich from 2008 to 2016 and has conducted numerous highly acclaimed first performances.
Helgath is also a regular guest conductor of the SWR Vokalensemble, RIAS Kammerchor, MDR Leipzig Radio Choir, Choir of the Bavarian Radio, Netherlands Radio Choir, Choeur de Radio France, Warsaw Philharmonic Choir amonng others and collaborates with the Munich Radio Orchestra, Bochum, Symphony, Odense Symphony, Danish Chamber Orchestra, Münchner Symphoniker, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, Concerto Köln and Ensemble Resonanz. Concerts led him to major concert halls and festivals as the Berliner Festspiele, Audi Sommerkonzerte, Eclat Festival Stuttgart, Thüringer Bachwochen and particularly to the Ruhrtriennale with contemporary opera performances and numerous manifold projects.
He also has prepared choirs for conductors as Herbert Blomstedt, Kent Nagano, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos and Christian Thielemann.
Helgath’s discography includes the CD ‘Sacred Songs‘ with works by Bach, Reger and Knut Nystedt with the MDR Leipzig Radio Choir, which was awarded the ICMA Award 2017, works by Palestrina and Wagner also with the MDR Leipzig Radio Choir, ‘Contemporary Choral Music‘ with the Via Nova Chor as well as J.S. Mayr Missa in c – Stabat Mater with the Orpheus Vokalensemble and Concerto Köln among others. For the album ‘Da Pacem‘ with the RIAS Kammerchor and Capella de la Torre, Helgath received the ECHO Klassik 2017.
Florian Helgath’s initial experience started as a chorister in his native city with the Regensburger Domspatzen. He studied choral conducting at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Munich and graduated in 2008 with a Masters Degree. Among his most important teachers are Michael Gläser, Stefan Parkman, Dan-Olof Stenlund who influenced him largely in his career as conductor.
As a prizewinner and finalist of the Eric Ericson Award 2006 and Competition for Young Choral Conductors in Budapest 2007, Helgath has already drawn the attentionn of the international choral music scene.