Hans-Christoph Rademann - Biographical Details
Hans-Christoph Rademann has been principal conductor and director of the RIAS Kammerchor (RIAS Chamber Choir) since 2007. Since that time he has furthered the expansion of the choir's main areas of focus - historical performance practice and present-day music. In terms of musical tradition, he has focused particularly on the rediscovery of works by the Bach family. He has also strengthened co-operation with contemporary composers by commissioning work from Steffen Schleiermacher, Tigran Mansurian and Samir Odeh-Tamimi among others. Within the context of the tension between present-day music and historical performance practice, he has opened up the classical and romantic spheres to the RIAS Kammerchor, creating new emphases across the whole spectrum of forms of expression. Under his leadership, the choir's stylistic quality has grown in diversity, the presence of its sound taking on a new succinctness.
Hans-Christoph Rademann comes from a family of cantors and was a student when he founded the Dresdner Kammerchor, which he still directs today. From 1991 to 1999, he was head of the Dresdner Singakademie, following which he took on cultural responsibility for the choir of the Norddeutscher Rundfunk broadcasting station until 2004. Among the choirs which he has directed as a guest conductor are the Rundfunkchor Berlin, Collegium Vocale Gent and the choirs of the Bayerischer Rundfunk, Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk und Südwestrundfunk broadcasting stations. He has also conducted orchestras such as the Dresdner Barockorchester, the Stuttgart Philharmonic, the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, the Staatskapelle Dresden and the Rotterdam Philharmonic.
Hans-Christoph Rademann has been Professor of Choral Conducting at the Musikhochschule Dresden since 2000. Together with colleagues, he initiated the choral director forum of the German Music Council in 2008 as a programme for supporting young professional choral directors. In addition to this, he is a patron of the Hospizdienst Dresden e.V. hospice organisation. Hans-Christoph Rademann was honoured with the Sponsorship Award of the State capital Dresden for his services to musical life in Dresden. In 2008 he was awarded the Saxon Constitutional Medal. He has been in charge of the Musikfest Erzgebirge as a founding director since 2010. Furthermore, he will have produced a complete recording of the works of Heinrich Schütz on CD by 2017. In June 2013, Hans-Christoph Rademann will succeed Helmuth Rilling as director of the Bachakademie Stuttgart.
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Philharmonie: Großer Saal
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|Last night was my first ever visit to the Berlin Philharmonie, and it couldn't have been more eagerly awaited: if you'd asked me to name the work I most wanted to see here, it would have been Rattle conducting the Berliner Philharmoniker in Mahler 5. But I settled into my seat with slight trepidation: after all that anticipation, what would I write if it wasn't up to standard?
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