The Artistic Director of the Symphonic Choir is Andrei Petrenko, Honorable Artist of the Russian Federation. The choir started its life in 2008 to promote cantata and oratorio compositions, which it initially performed in cooperation with the Ural Philharmonic Orchestra; however, very soon it started giving its own a cappella performances. The choir worked with such famous conductors as Dmitri Kitayenko, Krzysztof Penderecki, Jean-Claude Casadesus, Dmitry Liss, Evgeny Brazhnik, Alexander Vedernikov, Enkhe. It gave performances at the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall, the Mariinsky Theatre Concert Hall, the Salle Pleyel in Paris, St. Isaac’s Cathedral, the Hall of Church Councils at the Cathedral of Christ the Savior, at other philharmonic concert venues in Russia.
The choir took part in the La Folle Journee International Music Festival in Nantes (2012) and Ekaterinburg (2015), Moscow Easter Festival (2014, 2015), 21st Transfiguration Choral and Bell Music Festival (Yaroslavl, 2013), major culture projects of Ekaterinburg – Symphonic Forum of Russia, Eurasia International Music Festival, French Autumn Festival, and Bach-fest. In 2015, the choir gave a number of concerts in Denmark, performing with the Odense Symphony Orchestra. The performances with participation of the Symphonic Choir and the Ural Philharmonic Orchestra were broadcasted live by the Arte TV channel in France and other countries of Europe.
In its repertoire the choir has such grand-scale compositions as requiems by Mozart, Verdi, Faure, Berlioz, Silvestrov, The Bells by Sergei Rachmaninoff, The Spring Symphony by Benjamin Britten, At the Reading of the Psalm by Sergei Taneyev, Cantata for the 20th Anniversary of the October Revolution Sergei Prokofiev, Liturgy and All-Night Vigil by Sergei Rachmaninoff.