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The first seeds of the GREGORIAN concept were sown into the mind of, Hamburg music producer Frank Peterson, after taking a trip to the royal monastery of San Lorenzo de El Escorial in Spain in 1989. The medieval monastery and chateau made an indelible impression upon him. As he walked the grounds, chance would have it that he was also listening on his Walkman to modern-day music. The stark contrast through time ignited the initial inspiration for Peterson to experiment in the mixing of ancient Gregorian music with modern day hits.
Peterson brought the idea to life for the first time with Michael Cretu with the worldwide sound phenomenon Enigma. The first album MCMXC a.D. appeared in 1990 and quickly became a worldwide success story. MCMXC a.D. was number 1 in 41 different countries and received 57 platinum and 45 gold medals. It is consequently considered the most successful German album of all time worldwide.
 
The success of Enigma prompted Peterson to take a step forward with his initial idea of GREGORIAN. He established GREGORIAN as an independent music act. Their first album “Masters Of Chant” followed Peterson’s previous success with Enigma seamlessly. Over the following years GREGORIAN has sold over 10 million recordings worldwide with 18 CDs & 7 DVDs, and has achieved gold and platinum status in 24 different countries.
 
At least once a year, Frank Peterson delves into his extensive music collection in search of new repertoire. The selecting of songs for a project like Gregorian requires not only good intuition but also tact. "Not every song is suitable for the Gregorian Tone Scale," he explains, "so you have to be very careful in the selection process for Gregorian.” All the more for us that Peterson’s boundless ingenuity and immense repertoire of ideas seem to be inexhaustible. Meanwhile, the Gregorian repertoire consists of almost 250 songs, ranging from classical music by Carl Orff to pop standards of the last 40 years to contemporary rock acts like Metallica, Coldplay, U2 and even Rammstein.
 
There is little doubt that Gregorian has not only achieved a unity of all respective musical worlds but in doing so has created a new one in and of itself. Peterson invites the listener on a familiar journey with famous melodies, whilst successfully contrasting and entwining them in the timeless & wondrous world of Gregorian Chant.
 
The individual creativity of Frank Peterson is also reflected in the concert productions of GREGORIAN. Peterson produces breath-taking shows in arenas, theatres, and churches that thrill fans and critics in Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East. More than 2.6 million visitors have watched GREGORIAN live at their concerts in 31 countries. 2013 being the most successful year for music project GREGORIAN to date with over 150 sold-out concerts and for the first time ever breaking into China for 5 concerts.
 
To experience GREGORIAN live is to witness an audio and visual spectacle that in 19 years to date has never failed to procure a standing ovation from the public.
 
It is not however in producer and mastermind Frank Peterson’s nature to sit back on his laurels. After 4 months of production, 2015 saw the final chapter of the Masters Of Chant Saga “The Final Chapter” climb to #8 in the German album charts. The accompanying tour led GREGORIAN to over 80 cities across Europe.
 
Released at the end of 2017 “Holy Chants” is the latest Album from GREGORIAN. Seasonally presented the album is accordingly a fittingly crisp and beautiful collection of winter time songs. 

in 2020 GREGORIAN celebrates its 20th anniversary and announces an extensive World Tour. The more than two-hour programme will feature some of the great musical milestones of the unparalleled career of the world's most successful choir, such as "Moments Of Peace", "Nothing Else Matters", "With Or Without You" and highlights from the lavish, live productions of recent years’ focus.

Frank Peterson was born in 1963 in Hamburg. After six years in Munich, Madrid and Ibiza, he now works in Hamburg and Key Biscayne, Florida. Peterson is founder of GREGORIAN and owner of Nemo Studios and omeN Music Publishing.
 
In addition to GREGORIAN, Frank Peterson has also produced i.a. artists such as Sarah Brightman, Andrea Bocelli, Enigma, Ofra Haza, Alannah Myles, José Carreras, Placido Domingo, Paul Stanley, Josh Groban, Tom Jones, Backstreet Boys, Marky Mark, Nevio und Sandra. He has also contributed to numerous compositions and productions of international film scores and advertising campaigns.

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20/2020
06 Nov 2019
Holy Chants
24 Nov 2017
Masters of Chant X - The Final Chapter
05 Nov 2015
Winter Chants
31 Oct 2014
Masters of Chant-Chapter IX
13 Sep 2013
Epic Chants
Limited Edition (CD+DVD)
14 Sep 2012
Masters of Chant Chapter VIII
CD+DVD
30 Sep 2011
Best Of 1990-2010
28 Jan 2011
The Dark Side Of The Chant
05 Nov 2010
Masters of Chant Chapter VII
25 Sep 2009
Masters of Chant Chapter VI
28 Sep 2007
Christmas Chants
17 Nov 2006
Masters of Chant Chapter V
31 Mar 2006
The Masterpieces
CD + DVD
30 Sep 2005
The Dark Side
24 Oct 2004
Masters of Chant Chapter IV
06 Oct 2003
Masters of Chant Chapter III
07 Oct 2002
Masters of Chant Chapter II
15 Oct 2001
Masters of Chant Chapter I
Limited Edition
09 Oct 2000
Christmas Chants & Visions
20 Nov 2008
The DVD Collection
30 Mar 2007
Masters of Chant: Live At Kreuzenstein Castle
30 Mar 2007
The Masterpieces: Decade 1
30 Sep 2005
Gold Edition
24 Nov 2003
Masters of Chant: Chapter III
02 Dec 2002
Moments Of Peace in Ireland
03 Dec 2001
Masters of Chant in Santiago de Compostela
12 Feb 2001

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