Kai-Uwe Jirka is a professor of choral conducting and the director of the “Staats- und Domchor” at the “Universität der Künste Berlin”. Since 2006, he has also served as artistic director of the Sing-Akademie zu Berlin.
He prepared choirs for productions under the artistic direction of Kent Nagano, Claudio Abbado and Sir Simon Rattle. In cooperation with the lautten compagney he has led the premieres of many lesser-known 18th century works from the archive of the Sing-Akademie.
Another focus of his work lies in the field of contemporary music. In recent years, he has conducted premieres of works by composers like Luke Bedford, Jörg Birkenkötter and Katia Tchemberdji.