Hans-Christoph Rademann © Martin Förster

Hans-Christoph Rademann


Conductor Hans-Christoph Rademann is an immensely versatile artist with a broad repertoire who devotes himself with equal passion and expertise to the performance and rediscovery of early music as he does to the premiere and cultivation of new music.  

Born in Dresden and raised in the Erzgebirge, he was influenced early on by the great Central German cantorial and musical tradition. He was a pupil at the traditional Kreuzgymnasium, a member of the famous Kreuzchor and studied choral and orchestral conducting at the Dresden Musikhochschule. During his studies, he founded the Dresdner Kammerchor and shaped it into a top international choir, which is still under his direction today. Since 2013 Hans-Christoph Rademann has been the academy director of the International Bach Academy Stuttgart. Hans-Christoph Rademann regularly collaborates with leading choirs and ensembles of the international music scene. From 1999 to 2004 he was principal conductor of the NDR Choir and from 2007 to 2015 principal conductor of the RIAS Chamber Choir. Guest conductorships have led him to the Nederlandse Bachvereniging, the Collegium Vocale Gent, the Akademie für Alte Musik, the Freiburger Barockorchester, the Deutsche Radiophilharmonie Saarbrücken Kaiserslautern, the Sinfonieorchester Basel, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Luxembourg and others.

Hans-Christoph Rademann has been awarded prizes and honours for his artistic work, including the Johann-Walter-Plakette of the Saxon Music Council (2014), the Saxon Constitutional Medal (2008), the Förderpreis and the Kunstpreis of the state capital Dresden (1994 and 2014 respectively). He has received the German Record Critics' Award several times for his numerous CD recordings (most recently in 2016) as well as the Grand Prix du Disque (2002), the Diapason d'Or (2006 & 2011), the CHOC de l'année 2011 and the Best Baroque Vocal Award 2014. In 2016 he was awarded the European Church Music Prize of the city of Schwäbisch Gmünd. His exemplary interpretation and recording of the complete works of Heinrich Schütz with the Dresdner Kammerchor with the Stuttgart-based Carus publishing house, which concluded in 2018, received the newly endowed Heinrich Schütz Prize and the OPUS KLASSIK 2020 in the same year.  

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 Musikfest Erzgebirge, ambassador of the Erzgebirge and patron of the Christian Hospice Service Dresden.