Kaspars Putniņš (b. 1966) is the artistic director and chief conductor of the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir since the 2014–2015 season. He has been the conductor of the Latvian Radio Choir since 1992. In 1994, he formed the Latvian Radio Chamber Singers, an ensemble of soloists formed from the members of Latvian Radio Choir. Putniņš was the artistic director and chief conductor of the Estonian National Male Choir in 2005–2008. He appears regularly as a guest conductor with the leading European choirs such as the BBC Singers, RIAS Kammerchor, Collegium Vocale Gent, Flemish Radio Choir, to name just a few. While Putniņš work encompasses a wide range of choral repertoire from Renaissance polyphony to works of the Romantic period, his main goal has always been to promote contemporary choral music. This new repertoire challenges and develops the abilities of his performers and takes their vocal sounds to entirely uncharted territories. In April of this year, the President of the Republic of Estonia, Kersti Kaljulaid, gave Kaspars Putniņš the Order of the Cross of Terra Mariana, 4th Class, which is given to honor services to the Estonian state and people and which was handed out during the state visit of the President of Latvia to Estonia.