The “Coro Polifonico di Ruda” is an Italian male choir first founded in the 1920s and re-founded in 1945. It has held concerts all over the world: from the United States to Argentina, from Canada to Mongolia, from the Philippines to China and Russia, from Portugal to Bulgaria, from Norway to Greece and other European countries. It has taken part in more than fifty regional, national and international choir competitions winning first prize twenty-five times, in Arezzo, Gorizia, Tallinn, Linz, Málaga, Lloret de Mar, Orvieto, Rome, Vittorio Veneto, Shaoxing, Ravenna, Vienna, Graz, Derry both in the folklore and in the polyphony and also in the Gregorian chant. On the back of these victories, Rome-based company “Tico-Film” produced a docudrama dedicated to the choir that was purchased and transmitted by several European television networks. The choir works together with the main Italian and Friulian orchestras for exclusive symphonic-choral productions and records for public broadcaster RAI and other Italian and foreign broadcasting stations. It has recorded 15 albums which have been released by Bongiovanni and other national labels.
The choir not only participates in the most important European music festivals -the Kanal festival, the Riva del Garda festival, the Sacred Music Festival in Trento, “Le chiavi d’argento” in Chiavenna, etc.- but is also active in the field of publishing. With the Udine-based publishing company “Pizzicato”, it has published several monographies about the most important Friulian authors of the eighteenth and nineteenth century and it is completing the series “Organi e tradizioni organarie nel Friuli Venezia Giulia” (“Organs and organ traditions in Friuli Venezia Giulia”), the aim is to catalogue all the organs still operating in Friuli Venezia Giulia.
Recognized by the Friuli Venezia Giulia region as an “institution of particular artistic relevance “, the “Coro Polifonico di Ruda” has been appreciated through the decades for what it has offered to the public: exclusive and rarely performed programmes which were often the result of in-depth archival research in collaboration with respected professors at both the Conservatory “Jacopo Tomadini” and the University of Udine.