Artistic Director Hans-Christoph Rademann
The conductor Hans-Christoph Rademann is an exceptionally versatile artist with a wide-ranging repertoire, who devotes himself with equal passion to the performance and rediscovery of early music and to the premiering and promotion of contemporary music.
Born in Dresden and raised in Schwarzenberg in the Ore Mountains (Saxony), he was influenced from an early age by the great central German tradition of music and church music directors. He was a pupil at the Kreuzgymnasium with its rich tradition, a member of the famous Kreuzchor, which celebrates its 800th anniversary in 2016, and studied choral and orchestral conducting at the Musikhochschule Dresden. During his studies he founded the Dresdner Kammerchor, developing it into a top international choir; he remains its director today. Impressive evidence of the quality of this artistic collaboration is the highly-acclaimed recording of the Complete Works of Heinrich Schütz on the Stuttgart Carus-Verlag label, which reaches its conclusion in 2017.
Hans-Christoph Rademann works with leading choirs and ensembles on the international concert scene. From 1999 to 2004 he was chief conductor of the Norddeutscher Rundfunk Chorus, and from 2007 to 2015 chief conductor of the RIAS Kammerchor. Regular invitations as a guest conductor take him to the Collegium Vocale Gent, Akademie für Alte Musik, Freiburg Baroque Orchestra, Concerto Köln, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden, etc.
Since June 2013 Hans-Christoph Rademann has been Akademie Director of the Internationale Bachakademie Stuttgart. His first CD recording with the resident Gächinger Kantorei, released in June 2015 by Stuttgart label Carus-Verlag, presents a new reading of Johann Sebastian Bach’s Mass in B minor: this is based on a new edition using the Dresden sources of the Kyrie and Gloria, and is performed for the first time with the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra. Both press and public were enthusiastic: »Nothing sounds like wide-screen Bach with large forces any more, most of the choral numbers breathe a great lightness and elegance. [...] No question, in Stuttgart a new era has dawned. [...] As the new director of the Bachakademie Stuttgart, Hans-Christoph Rademann has made a magnificent debut with this recording of the Mass in B minor.« (kulturradio des rbb)
Hans-Christoph Rademann has received numerous prizes and honours for his artistic work. These include the Johann-Walter-Plakette of the Sächsischer Musikrat (2014), the Saxon Constitutional Medal (2008), the Patrons’ Award and Art Prize of the City of Dresden (1994 and 2014). He has received many awards for his numerous CD recordings including the German Record Critics’ Award (most recently in 2014), the Grand Prix du Disque (2002), Diapason d’Or (2006 & 2011), CHOC de l’année 2011, Best Baroque Vocal Award 2014, amongst others.
Hans-Christoph Rademann is Professor of Choral Conducting at the Hochschule für Musik Carl Maria von Weber in Dresden. He is also Artistic Director of the Erzgebirge Music Festival, an ambassador for the Ore Mountains region and patron of the Christlicher Hospizdienst Dresden e. V. (Christian Hospice Service Dresden).