The Dresdner Kammerchor chamber choir ranks among the top choirs in Germany and is famous for its unique sound combining clarity with great intensity of tone. A fresh, lively charisma and the much praised complete harmony and transparency are the strengths of the internationally demanded ensemble. Since its foundation in 1985, the choir has been refined by its conductor, Hans-Christoph Rademann - a world renowned choral sound specialist, into a professional ensemble that has received broad acclaim on its numerous concert trips in and outside Europe (i.e. USA, South Africa, India, and China). The choir also receives regular invitations to international music festivals of great reputation like the Rheingau Musik Festival, Oude-Muziek-Festival (Utrecht), Festivales Musicales (Buenos Aires), Bachwoche Ansbach and Händelfestspiele (Halle and Göttingen).
The ensemble has developed a highly diverse repertoire that is almost unparalleled, partially due to the fact that it's membership count varies according to whichever style is performed. The extensive repertoire ranges from Renaissance music to compositions of the 21st Century. The interpretation of Romantic works received great attention, and the choir won several awards for performances at international competitions. Further the granting of the Sponsorship award of the Ernst-von-Siemens Foundation for New Music demonstrates the ensemble's achievements in the field of contemporary music. Apart from a cappella music the Dresdner Kammerchor maintains a close association with the orchestra Dresdner Barockorchester and the Ensemble "Alte Musik Dresden" and gives new impetus to the conservation of early music in Saxony.
A variety of radio and CD productions as well as frequent cooperation with renowned orchestras and conductors, from Germany and abroad, underscore the reputation of the choir. Among the most famous are the conductors René Jacobs, Sir Roger Norrington, Adam Fischer, Riccardo Chailly and the ensembles Sächsische Staatskapelle, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Concerto Köln and Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin. Moreover, the CD production of Der Schwanengesang by Heinrich Schütz was awarded the Grand Prix du Disque and the world premiere recording of Requiem in E flat major by Johann Adolph Hasse received the German disc critics award. Currently there are two new productions available: the complete recording of Geistliche Chormusic, 1648 by Heinrich Schütz and the oratory Saul by Georg Friedrich Händel.
The Dresdner Kammerchor is a member of the associations Verband Deutscher KonzertChöre (VDKC) and Arbeitskreis Musik in der Jugend (AMJ).
Hans-Christoph Rademann is undoubtedly one of today‘s most sought after choir directors and a world renowned choral sound specialist. His concerts and recordings of music from the 17th and 18th century, especially those of Saxony's musical treasures, are ground-breaking. Since 2009, together with the Dresdner Kammerchor he is working on the first ever recording of Heinrich Schütz' works in co-operation with MDR and Carus-Verlag Stuttgart. Equally, his interpretations of Romantic and contemporary works have received the highest attention.
In 1985 he founded the Dresdner Kammerchor and remains its musical director to the present day. For his dedication and remarkable achievements developing the musical life of the region Rademann has received the Sponsorship Award of the City of Dresden in 1994. He was chief director of the Norddeutscher Rundfunk radio choir from 1999 to 2004, where he cooperated with conductors like Semyon Bychkov, Roger Norrington and Christoph Eschenbach. He also guest directed a number of important orchestras and choirs, among them the Sächsische Staatskapelle, Freiburger Barockorchester, Concerto Köln, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, the National Chamber Choir of Ireland, Collegium Vocale Gent, Gächinger Kantorei and many ensembles of the German radio institutions such as Bayerischer Rundfunk, Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk, Rundfunkchor Berlin and RIAS Kammerchor. Numerous concert tours took him to important European music centres as well as to the United States, Israel, South Africa, India, Sri Lanka, Argentina, Uruguay and Japan. He was awarded the Grand Prix du Disque, the Diapason d'Or, the Choc de Classica and repeatedly the German disc critics award.
In 2000, he was appointed as professor for choral conducting at the Carl Maria von Weber College of Music in Dresden where he passes on his ideas and experience. In 2007 he was designated chief director of the RIAS Kammerchor Berlin. Furthermore, Hans-Christoph Rademann is the artistic director of the festival Musikfest Erzgebirge that premièred in September 2010. From June 2013 he will take over the direction of Internationale Bachakademie Stuttgart.
Jörg Genslein was born in 1978 in Bamberg and received his first musical education as member of the Regensburger Domspatzen boy's choir. After finishing high-school, he joined the Renner Ensemble Regensburg where he participated as a singer in various CD productions, concert tours and choir competitions. He first studied classical voice for two years with Agnes Abele-Habereder at the Musical College Nürnberg-Augsburg and in 2002, he changed to the Carl Maria von Weber College of Music Dresden to study choral conducting with Hans-Christoph Rademann. Since his degree in this subject in 2007 he was appointed as assistant director to Hans-Christoph Rademann and as lecturer at the Carl Maria von Weber College of Music Dresden.
Already in 1999, he founded the vocal ensemble "solfeggio" where his achievements were documented by excellent reviews. Succeeding Prof. Dr. Bernd Englbrecht, Jörg Genslein took over the Renner Ensemble Regensburg as musical director. Since September 2003 under his direction, the ensemble was awarded several first prizes at international choir competitions like in 2005 in Tours (France) and Cornwell (England). Recent highlights of this cooperation have been the CD production "...wallen Engel durch das Korn..." with works of Max Reger and Hugo Wolf as well as a concert tour through South East Asia.
Jörg Genslein is often invited to guest direct important ensembles like RIAS Kammerchor and he is first conductor of the Dresdner Kammerchor. Besides directing, he still practices classical voice in different ensembles and choirs, for instance the chamber choir Kammerchor Stuttgart under the direction of Frieder Bernius, the vocal ensemble "Stimmwerck" and the "ensemble für frühe musik augsburg". He received the 2007 Carl Maria von Weber sponsorship award of the College of Music Dresden and a scholarship from the Richard Wagner Association.
In May 2008, Jörg Genslein was selected from a variety of candidates to be the new musical director of the supra-regional chamber choir "Thüringischer Akademischer Singkreis" (TASK).
Starting from season 2011/12, Olaf Katzer is one of the conductors of the Dresdner Kammerchor.
With his artistic work Olaf Katzer creates new sound visions and he is considered an expert for the interpretation of contemporary vocal music. So far he has directed more than 20 world premières and many début performances with different ensembles. In co-operation with numerous renowned composers like Hans-Joachim Hespos, Manos Tsangaris, Michael Edward Edgerton or Charlotte Seither he puts ground-breaking ideas of a modern vocal art of expression into practice. He has also earned a good reputation in the field of Early Music. His artistic work is closely tied to the Dresdner Kammerchor being an assistant director and responsible for the artistic concept of the biannual “European Choir Workshop for New Music”. Furthermore he guest directed among others the Choir of the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival or Singers of the Staatsopernchor Dresden and he co-operated with famous directors like Hans-Christoph Rademann, Simon Halsey, Riccardo Chailly and Peter Schreier.
Olaf Katzer was born in 1980 in Mettman/Rheinland. He studied music and psychology in Munich, Weimar and Dresden. Already during his studies he founded the ensemble AUDITIVVOKAL DRESDEN setting new standards on the field of innovative vocal music. In addition to his artistic work, Olaf Katzer teaches choral conducting at the Carl Maria von Weber College of Music in Dresden and directing of choirs and ensembles at the venerable Dr. Hoch’s Conservatory in Frankfurt.
During the season 2011/12 Olaf Katzer will direct concerts of the Dresdner Kammerchor in Taiwan and the opening concert of the theme year “Music and Reformation” of the Evangelische Landessynode at Eisenach. Also, he will be assistant and chorus master for Resonances. Remembrance Concert for the victims of the pogrom night of 1938, Lukaspassion by Heinrich Schütz, Anton Bruckner’s Mass in e-minor and The Messiah by Georg Friedrich Händel for the Salzburg Festival.