The Helsinki Chamber Choir (Helsingin kamarikuoro) was founded in 1962 as the Finnish Radio Chamber Choir and assumed it's current name in 2005. It is currently Finland's only professional chamber choir. The choir's Artistic Director from 2005-2007 was Kimmo Hakola. Since 2007 Nils Schweckendiek has been responsible for the group's artistic planning. While it's wide-ranging repertoire includes music from the Renaissance to the present day, the Helsinki Chamber Choir is particularly highly regarded for it's work with new music. The choir regularly commissions new works and has given over 70 world premieres in the seasons since 2005, as well as more than 30 Finnish first performances. The choir appears frequently at major Finnish music festivals and collaborates with orchestras and Baroque and contemporary music ensembles. Recent touring has included concerts in Russia, Estonia and Belgium. On this new release the ensemble performs works by Paola Livorsi, Einojhani Rautavaara, and Lotta Wennakoski.