Who is the jkd?
Motivated by their desire to rehearse and perform ambitious choral music - both liturgical and secular - in a relatively small ensemble, several students from Duesseldorf founded the young chamber choir düsseldorf (junger kammerchor düsseldorf, jkd) in 2014.
Rehearsals began in early 2015 and in May of the same year, the choir made its debut titled “Laudate”, presenting compositions ranging from Passiontide to Pentecost. The second program, put on stage in November of UNESCO’s “International Year of the Light 2015”, encompassed vocal works of various artists and epochs revolving around the subjects of light and hope.
Artistic director Mathias Staut studied church and school music, as well as conducting in Saarbruecken, Koeln, Duesseldorf and Trossingen. Among his teachers are Anders Eby, Ruediger Bohn, Ekhart Wycik and Michael Alber. His artistic formation has been complemented by private singing lessons with Martin Lindsay, by master classes and workshops with Alexander Mayer, Peter Neumann, Wolfgang Schaefer, Ralf Schnitzer, Steffen Schreyer, Morten Schuldt-Jensen, Friederike Woebcken, Frank Loehr, Stefan Parkman, Klaus Arp and Sebastian Tewinkel (to mention a few), as well as by sitting in on projects with “WDR Rundfunk Chor”, “ChorWerk Ruhr” and the SWR vocal ensemble. Mathias Staut has previously worked as church musician, répétiteur, musical assistant and choirmaster. At present - besides his commitment to the jkd – he works as an academic high school teacher at the Goerres Gymnasium Duesseldorf and musical director of the girls and boys choir of the “Deutsche Oper am Rhein” (the opera of Duesseldorf).