The choral ensemble Vokalakademie Berlin, founded by Frank Markowitsch, consists of young singers, selected through several auditions, who all have exceptional musical and vocal abilities. Vokalakademie Berlin stemmed from the Innsbruck Festival Chorus, established in 2006 by Rene Jacobs as a conservatoire-based project, as part of the Innsbrucker Festwochen der Alten Musik (Innsbruck Festival of Early Music).
The ensemble first performed under its new name in January 2011, marking its debut with the opening concert of Chor@Berlin, a newly-founded choral festival in Berlin. The piece performed in the concert was Alessandro Scarlatti's Vespers for the Blessed Virgin, and was held at Radialsystem V., an arts venue in Berlin. The group was received enthusiastically by both press and audience members for its excellent ensemble singing, as well as the outstanding solo parts sung by the young singers.
The artisic concept relies on the strong contribution of each individual singer, and as such, each member of the ensemble receives individual vocal lessons during the rehearsal period. This vocal coaching is done by Regina Jakobi, who has specialised for many years in working with professional choral and solo singers, and who has been working with Vokalakademie Berlin since its foundation.