The Dresdner Kammerchor (Dresden Chamber Choir) was founded by Hans Christoph-Rademann and students of the Dresden conservatoire ‘Carl Maria von Weber’ in 1985, and during recent years it has made an outstanding name for itself at concerts in many countries. Its repertoire ranges from music of the Renaissance to compositions of the 20th century. The choir is famous for a characteristic sound combining clarity with great intensity of tone. A lively and fresh approach and a much-praised homogeneity and transparency of sound are amongst the ensemble’s strong points, which is in great demand in Germany as well as world-wide.
The choir has been invited to the Dresdner Musikfestspiele, the World Symposium on Choral Music in Rotterdam, the Händel-Festspiele in Halle, the Festivales Musicales in Buenos Aires, the Rheingau Musik Festival, the Oude-Muziek-Festival in Utrecht, the Settimane Bach in Milano and many others.
In 1995, in recognition of its achievements in the field of contemporary choral music, the Dresdner Kammerchor received a partonage award from the Ernst-von-Siemens Foundation. And at the 5th International Chamber Choir Competition at Marktoberdorf in 1997 it won the first prize, as well as two special prizes. Further prizes have been won at international competitions for the choir’s interpretation of romantic choral music.
The cooperation with the Dresdner Barockorchester and the Ensemble ‘Alte Musik Dresden’ is another important focus in the work of the Dresdner Kammerchor as a significant contribution to the maintenance of Early Music in Saxony.
A multiplicity of broadcast- and CD-recordings and the constant expansion of the ensemble’s repertoire are the result of continuous work and testifies the flexibility of the Dresdner Kammerchor. Thus, the ensemble has been invited to participate at several productions. That way, the Dresdner Kammerchor worked together with the Neues Bachisches Collegium Musicum Leipzig under Peter Schreier, the Kammerensemble Neue Musik Berlin under Roland Kluttig, La Stagione Frankfurt under Michael Schneider, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment under Simon Preston, Concerto Köln under René Jacobs and for the first time with the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin under Hans-Christph Rademann in 2002.
Hans Christoph Rademann,
Who was brought up in the home of a choir master in Schwarzenberg/Erzgebirge, was a member of the Dresdner Kreuzchor from 1975 until 1983. Until 1990, he studied choral and orchestral conducting at the Dresden Musikhochschule ‘Carl Maria von Weber’. He has been conductor and artistic director of the Dresdner Kammerchor since its foundation in 1985. Until 1999, he also acted as musical director of the Dresden Singakademie. In 1994, he received the Förderpreis (patronage prize) of the city of Dresden. In 1995, he worked for the first time with the radio choir of the Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk; since 1997, he has also conducted the choirs of Bayerischer and Norddeutscher Rundfunk as well as the Berlin Rundfunkchor. He has also conducted a wide range of orchestras – among others, the Dresdner Staatskappelle, the Dresdner Philharmonie, and the Ensemble ‘Alte Musik Dresden’. In 1997, he made his opera debut with Mozart’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail at the Landesbühnen Sachsen.
His work is focused on the treasury of music written for Dresden and has included numerous world premieres of modern compositions and CD-productions of modern music. Since October 2000, he is holding a professorship of choral conducting at the Hochschule für Musik ‘Carl Maria von Weber’ Dresden.
Today, Hans-Christoph Rademann is one of the leading German conductors of his generation and in great demand. On his initiative, the Fest Alter Musik has been brought into being in 1995. As from 2007/2008, Hans-Christoph Rademann will assume conductorship of the RIAS Kammerchor (chamber choir) additionally.