The chorus ALEA is a Vienna-based vocal ensemble founded by Matthias Schoberwalter in 2015. Having started of as a project by a few school students, which met to make music together, chorus ALEA has established itself as one of the most promising up-and-coming vocal ensembles in Austria. It features around 35 members, most of which completed vocal studies.Chorus Alea specializes in a capella music of the 20th and 21st century and has performed works like Figure Humaine by Francis Poulenc, Sechs Motetten nach Franz Kafka by Ernst Krenek, Lux Aeterna by Györgi Ligeti, and Enigma I–IV by Beat Furrer. In addition, the ensemble frequently performs more well-known choral works by composers like Johannes Brahms or Gustav Mahler. The choir has also done several projects outside classical music. For example, chorus ALEA recorded music for film and musical productions in the studio as part of a cooperation with the Austrian composer Erwin Kiennast.
Chorus Alea is committed to encouraging musical openness by promoting contemporary music. The ensemble commissioned and premiered several compositions including L’allegria by Alexander Stankovski, Quasi-Palindrom III by Frederick Neyrinck, and Frames by Eric Ziegelbauer. Chorus ALEA appeared at venues such as Casino Baumgarten, Ehrbarsaal, and Mumuth and was conducted by Lorenz Aichner and Agnes Schnabl. A past highlight was the participation in the Operettenfestspiele Langenlois 2023 where the ensemble sang in Franz Lehár’s Das Land des Lächelns.In the 2023/24 season Chorus Alea plans to return to Langenlois and work together with Alma Mahler Philharmonie.
“Out of the world” / Alma Mahler Philharmonie / pieces by Fanny Hensel, Imogen Holst and Wolfram Wagner
Matthias Schoberwalter is a conductor and choral director based in Vienna. He works with several choirs and vocal-ensembles in Austria and is the current conductor of Wiener Lehrer a-cappella-Chor, Cantilena – Frauenkammerchor Gumpoldskirchen and Choram Publico.
As founder of the vocal-ensemble chorus ALEA, he conducts a lot of contemporary and under-explored music and creates various (interdisciplinary) projects.
Matthias studied Choral Conducting at University of music and performing arts Graz with Professor Johannes Prinz and at Sibelius Academy with Professor Nils Schweckendiek.
He enriched his studies with several master classes led by Yuval Weinberg, Zoltan Pad and Klaas Stock and worked with ensembles like SAEVUS (Belgium), Vokalwerk Hannover (Germany) and Transylvania State Philharmonic Choir (Rumania).
Since 2021 Matthias is choir director of Operette Langenlois and in 2023 he was appointed as choral Master to Lehar Festival Bad Ischl.
Matthias teaches choral conducting at Joseph Haydn Konservatorium Eisenstadt.
His aim is to inspire many people and musicians of all levels to sing together and express their musicality.
Magdalena was born in Vienna in 1998 into a family of musicians.
She has played the piano and cello since her early years and has devoted herself intensively to choral singing since entering high school.
After graduating from high school, she began studying music education in 2016 (majoring in choral conducting with Alois Glassner and Johannes Hiemetsberger) at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna, in the course of which she met Matthias Schoberwalter - in February 2018 they jointly founded the association "chorus ALEA", in which Magdalena took over the organizational leadership and is also active as a singer. Together, many exciting concepts were developed and implemented.
During her studies came the interest in classical singing. Since 2019, she has been studying instrumental and vocal pedagogy with a major in classical singing and a focus on children's and youth voice training with Johannes Geppert and is dedicated to teaching.
She sings in numerous choirs and solo ensembles, works as a voice teacher and conducts choir.