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Hans-Christoph Rademann – Principal conductor of RIAS Kammerchor: “We want to be trailblazers.”
Hans-Christoph Rademann – Principal conductor of RIAS Kammerchor
Hans-Christoph Rademann has been RIAS Kammerchor’s principal conductor since 2007. In addition to preserving the ensemble’s superior technical quality, he strives for an unrestricted spiritual and emotional identification with the content of the works it sings: “I want us not only to sound perfect, but also to embody an attitude, to convey a message that will move people the world over.”
Hans-Christoph Rademann (b. 1965) studied choral and orchestral conducting at the Dresden Musikhochschule. He founded the Dresden Chamber Choir (Kammerchor), with which he established an outstanding reputation at home and abroad; he remains its director today. Until 1999 he was also music director of the Dresden Singakademie, one of Saxony’s most venerable choral institutions.
Rademann initiated the Festival of Early Music in Germany’s Harz Mountains, and in 1994 was awarded the Saxon capital’s prize for his services to Dresden’s musical life. In 2000 he was appointed Professor of Choral Conducting at the Carl Maria von Weber Hochschule für Musik in Dresden. In 2008 he was awarded the Medal of the Saxon Constitution.
From 1999 to 2004 Hans-Christoph Rademann was director of the North German Radio (NDR) Chorus, with responsibility for collaborations with the NDR Sinfonieorchester under such conductors as Semyon Bychkov, Sir Roger Norrington and Christoph Eschenbach.
Guest engagements have taken him to the podiums of other leading choruses and orchestras, including the choral ensembles of Bavarian, Central German (MDR) and Southwest German (SWR) Radio, Ghent’s Collegium Vocale, the Dresden Staatskapelle, Dresden Philharmonic, Hanover Radio Philharmonic, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Concerto Köln, Freiburg Baroque Orchestra and Berlin’s Akademie für Alte Musik.
His involvement in new music centres on a continuing search for new and stimulating perspectives for the development of vocal composition. In this pursuit he initiated an internationally publicized composers competition in 2006.
As the generator of ideas and co-initiator of the Forum of Choral Directors of the German Music Council (Deutscher Musikrat) along with Jörg-Peter Weigle, rector of the Hanns Eisler Hochschule für Musik, Rademann has since 2008 increased support for the development of young choral directors.