Riga Chamber Choir AVE SOL was founded in 1969 by professor Imants Kokars as the choir, whose main task would be to encourage Latvian composers of writing contemporary choral music to extend the Latvian choir’s repertoire. As a result, Latvian choral music afforces with many musical works of high-quality, great number of them devoted particularly to Ave Sol. Under the guidance of Imants Kokars the artists of choir has been sold Latvian choral arts in countless concert tours and festivals throughout the world.
Ave Sol has performed together with famous conductors (Saulius Sondeckis, Gintaras Rinkevicius, Oswald Salaberger, Dmitry Kitajenko, Vasily Sinaisky, Dmitry Lissa, etc.) and orchestras (the Leningrad Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra of Lithuania National Philharmonic Orchestra, Toijama Academic Orchestra, Orchestra Kammer Sinfonie Bremen, Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra of the London Royal Academy of Music, etc.) in the canorous concert halls and churches (Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto, Lincoln Center Hall, New York, St Mark's Cathedral in Venice, Opera of Rouen, Singapore City Hall, the Cologne Cathedral, Bremen Cathedral, Notre Dame de Paris, the Berlin Philharmonic Chamber Hall).
Starting the year 2000 Uldis Kokars - Imants Kokars son becomes an artistic director and principal conductor of Riga Chamber Choir Ave Sol. The professional settings of the choir stands unchanged - an active concert life is still prosecuting in parallel with active work in studio to record most outstanding Latvian choral music in sound boards (18), audio cassettes and CDs (27 CD - both thematically and as a selections of most outstanding choral music by the Latvian composers) and DVDs. (latest - L. Garuta and A. Eglitis cantata God, Your Land is Burning!). Also, during the period from 1969 to 2003 Chamber Choir Ave Sol recorded 12 CDs of "Latvian Choral Music Anthology" to illustrate 12 volumes of “Latvian Choral Music” scores.
Choir's repertoire is incredibly broad - ranging from a simple lullaby and ending at the opera. Since the founding of choir, Ave Sol always has been searching for new professional challenges and sonic richnesses of the color of different styles, genres and periods of music. Besides the innovative works of Latvian composers there should be mentioned the musical sophistication of Baroque era (A. Vivaldi - Dixit dominus, Gloria; G.F. Handel - oratorio Messiah, J.S. Bach - Mesa h moll, Magnificat D dur, John Passion, Matthew Passion, Christmas oratorio, Easter oratorio, etc.) as well as a great works of Vienna classics and Romantic period (W.A. Mozart - Requiem, Enthronement mesa, L. van Beethoven - Missa Solemnis D dur, the Ninth Symphony finale; F.Schubert Mesa G dur, Mesa Es dur, Mesa As dur, H. Berlioz Requiem, etc.). In the repertoire of Chamber Choir Ave Sol there is a great amount of complicated compositions by brightest composers' of 20th century: (I. Stravinsky Symphony of Psalm, A. Honeger Jeanne d`Arc au bucher, K. Orf Carmina Burana, K. Penderecki Polish Requiem, Missa cum P. Eben Missa cum populo, A. Schnittke's Requiem, J.Ratter Gloria , P. Hindemith oratorio Unaufhörliche, etc.). Overall, Chamber Choir Ave Sol gives nearly 20 to 30 concerts each year, preparing more than 10 new concert programs.
Chamber Choir Ave Sol still continues to look for new musical challenges and willingly participates in adventurous projects based on a synthesis of different artistic genres, in the interim not forgetting to promote the classics of Latvian choral music to the world.