The Musical Director: Christian Kabitz
Christian Kabitz is artistic and musical director of the Cäcilienchor in Frankfurt since 1988. He trained in conducting, choral conducting, and keyboard instruments in Munich.
Concentrating initially on church music, he has in the last thirty years become well known both nationally and internationally as a harpsichordist, organist, and - primarily - conductor through countless concerts and broadcasts of choral, operatic and orchestral works spanning Renaissance music to compositions of contemporary composers. Cantor of the St John Church (St. Johannis) in Würzburg, he created 1979 the Bach Choir and the Bach Orchestra in Würzburg.
The success of his work is seen not only in the ever rising standard of performance - and the great demand for his services - but also officially in the shape of major public awards: He received 1984 the title of Church Conductor ("Kirchenmusikdirektor") for his contributions to the music, and the Bavarian Conductor's price in 1986. In 1986, he was named choir master of the Bach Choir in Heidelberg.
With three big choirs for adult amateurs together with a children's choir that he rehearses and directs with his boundless enthusiasm and energy, Christian Kabitz is making an outstanding contribution to furthering the appreciation and love of music. Supplementing regular rehearsals, he organizes voice training and ensemble singing in small groups, thus adding greatly to the capabilities and cohesion within his body of singers.
Beyond the world of the performance of music, Christian Kabitz founded the "Bach Collegium" in Munich (1974), started and manages the annual Bach festival in Würzburg, organizes the International Bach-Händel festival in Würzburg, and is an innovative composer with Rock Requiem (1980) and Cosmogenia (1989). Since 1989 he has produced, directed and conducted Mozart, Rossini, and Telemann operas for television and for opera festivals in both France and Germany. Christian Kabitz also gave life in 1999 to the "Bürklins Sommeroper", a festival of operas where he was not only conductor but also producer.
Christian Kabitz gives also frequent concerts with the Munich Bachsolisten and the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra, some of which are choral with one or more of his choirs, and some orchestral.
In recent years Christian Kabitz has begun organizing family concerts in Frankfurt's "Old Opera House" ("Alte Oper") directed primarily at children -- he chooses the music and then introduces each item to the audience: all tickets are snapped up every time.
For more information about Christian Kabitz: www.kabitz.de