The Monteverdi-Chor is one of Germany’s most famous choirs and is representing th City of Hamburg since more than 50 years on Cconcerttours and at international Festivals. Founded by Jürgen Jürgens in 1955 the choir is part of the music department of the University of Hamburg since Jürgens’ nomination as University Music Director in 1961.
In 1994 the well known Leipzig conductor and singer Gothart Stier became the new artistic director of the Monteverdi-Chor.
The wide repertoire of the Monteverdi-Chor includes the main works of the early music canon as well as music of the romantic period and contemporary music.
Award-winning landmark recordings, mainly of early music, established the choir’s reputation world wide. Numerous prizes from international competitions document the choir’s successful work.
Concert-tours have taken the choir to nearly all western and eastern European countries, in the Near and Far East, to China, to Australia, the USA and Latin America.
The work of Maestro Gothart Stier continues the tradition of the Monteverdi-Chor as an a cappella choir, though he has extended the repertoire of the choir in his own style through a series of performances of major oratorios. For these, some of which have been recorded on CD, the choir works with such well known orchestras as the Philharmonic Orchestra Halle, the Mitteldeutsches Kammerorchester, the Neues Bachisches Collegium Musicum Leipzig, the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig and the Lautten Compagney Berlin.
Highlights of Gothart Stier’s work with the choir so far have been a most successful concert tour to the Israel Festival in Jerusalem in May 1996 with Mendelssohn’s "Hymn of Praise" and an a cappella programme; the first performance of Mendelssohn’s "St. Paul" in Israel during the Liturgica Festival in Jerusalem and the Musica Sacra Festival in Nazareth in 1998; a performance of Luigi Dallapiccola’s "Canti di Prigionia" during the Händel-Festival Halle 1999; concert tours to Central America in 1999 and 2001; a concert tour in Germany with Verdi’s "Quattro pezzi sacri" and Rossini’s "Stabat Mater" in January 2001; a concert-tour to the Tuba Mirum Festival of the Hermitage St.Petersburg with Mendelssohn’s "Elijah" and an a cappella programme and Pendereckis "Seven gates of Jerusalem" in June 2001; participation in the Händel-Festival Göttingen 2002; two performances of the "Missa solemnis" by Beethoven in the Festival "Musiksommer Mecklenburg-Vorpommern" in 2002; a concert tour to China in October 2003; a concert tour through Germany with Handel’s "Messiah" in December 2003 and with Dvorak’s "Requiem" in January 2004; an a cappella-Tour in Spring 2004; a concert tour to Baltic states in September 2004 and performances of Mendelssohn’s "Elijah" in the 79th German Bach-Festival Hamburg and the "Mendelssohn-Festival Leipzig" together with members of the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig in October 2004, a concert-tour to the Israel-Festival Jerusalem on the occation of 40 years diplomatic contacts with Israel in May 2005, three performances of “Paulus” by Mendelssohn in the famous Frauenkirche Dresden in March 2006, the first performance of the “Marien-Vesper” by Claudio Monteverdi in the most famous Bach-Church St.Thomas Leipzig in February 2007, a concert-tour to Shanghai in March 2008, a concert with masterpieces by Bach, Mendelssohn and Reger during the International Bach-Festival Leipzig 2009, three performances of the ”Marien-Vesper” by Claudio Monteverdi in Berlin, Hamburg and Leipzig in October 2010 and a concert-tour to St. Petersburg in November 2010.
The conductor and oratorio singer Gothart Stier received his first musical education as a member of the "Stadtsingechor Halle". In 1963, after studying church music at the Leipzig Conservatoire and intensive private singing tuition, he became choirmaster and organist at the Friedenskirche Leipzig. Under his direction, the Friedenskantorei was well known throughout the German Democratic Republic (DDR) for its great oratorio performances in the famous St Thomas Church in Leipzig.
In this same period, Gothart Stier was successful as an oratorio singer, appearing as a soloist in many foreign countries. Numerous recordings of works from Schütz to Schönberg and Theodorakis document Stier’s wide repertoire both as singer and as conductor.
For one year following the death of Karl Richter, he conducted the famous Munich Bach Choir and the Munich Bach Orchestra. Through this successful work, he became well known in Western-Germany and worked in the following years as guest conductor with several German radio choirs.
In 1991, he was appointed the 27th Kreuzkantor in Dresden and conducted the famous Dresdner Kreuzchor until spring 1994. Successful concert tours took him with this choir to Israel, Canada and Spain. For his oratorio performances he worked together with the Philharmonic Orchestra Dresden and the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. Two CDs of sacred music document his work with this famous boys’ choir.
It was with great success that he appeared for the first time as guest conductor of the Monteverdi Choir of Hamburg at the Easter Music Festival in St Petersburg in May 1994 in place of the gravely ill Jürgen Jürgens. After Jürgens’ death in August 1994, he became the new director of music of the Monteverdi-Chor Hamburg.
From 1995 until 2010 he has also been director of music of the Robert-Franz-Singakademie Halle. In addition to his work with the Monteverdi-Choir and the Robert-Franz-Singakademie, he was director of music of the "Stadtsingechor zu Halle", one of the oldest German boys’ choirs, from 2003 until 2006.
From 1993 until 2004 Gothart Stier was a member of the board of the Neue Bachgesellschaft Leipzig.
For his successful work with the Montevedi-Choir he was awarded to the Biermann-Rathjen Medal by City of Hamburg in 2009.back to last page