Roderich Kreile

Roderich Kreile

To this day, the office of the so-called Kreuzkantor has remained one of the most prestigious and honourable positions in Protestant church music. Roderich Kreile is the 28th Kreuzkantor post-Reformation.

He was born in 1956 and studied church music and choir direction in Munich. As a church musician, he quickly gained nationwide attention. From 1989 to 1996, he taught at the University of Music and Performing Arts Munich and directed two of the university’s choirs. Besides that, he took over as choir director of the Philharmonischer Chor München in 1994. As an organist and lecturer, he followed invitations from across Germany as well as from abroad.

As Kreuzkantor, Kreile conducts all of the Kreuzchor’s concerts and tours, acquiring a broad repertoire of religious and secular choral works, including many world premieres. He intensified the choir’s collaboration with renowned orchestras as well as the choir’s radio productions and CD releases.

If the Kreuzkantor’s duties were mainly concentrated on the direction of the liturgical services in earlier centuries, his duties now extend considerably beyond purely artistic responsibility. As director of the Dresden Kreuzchor, Kreile is also the General Manager of a municipal institution.

Roderich Kreile is a member of the Saxon Academy of Arts, vice-chairman of the Neue Bachgesellschaft and member of the advisory board of the Internationale Heinrich-Schütz-Gesellschaft. In 2012, he was awarded the Sächsische Verfassungsmedaille for his merits.

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