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Reinhard Kammler

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Reinhard Kammler (born 17 December 1954 in Augsburg), founder of the Augsburg Cathedral Boys’ Choir, is a German church musician, organist, voice coach, conductor and choirmaster. He was cathedral organist from 1978 to 1995, and cathedral conductor at Augsburg Cathedral from 1995 to 2019. He directed the Augsburg Cathedral Boys’ Choir from its founding in 1976 until the end of 2019.

Career

After graduating from high school, Reinhard Kammler first studied Catholic church music, organ and singing at the Leopold Mozart Conservatory in his hometown. He then graduated from the University of Music in Munich with an artistic diploma. His teachers included Karl Maureen and Klemens Schnorr (organ), Franz Kelch and Lydia Buschmann (singing) and Diethard Hellmann (choral conducting). As a scholarship holder of the German Music Council Kammler travelled to Cambridge (England) to Stephen Cleobury (King’s College Choir) and George Guest (St. John’s College Choir) and to Montserrat (Spain) to Ireneu Segarra (Escolania de Montserrat).

In addition to his liturgical duties at the cathedral, Reinhard Kammler has given sacred and secular concerts in Germany, numerous European countries, Canada, Japan, China, the USA, Ecuador and South Africa. He established a continuous performance tradition of Johann Sebastian Bach’s oratorios in Augsburg with his Augsburg Cathedral Boys’ Choir and the Munich Residence Chamber Orchestra, realized over four decades numerous concert and sound productions with the Bavarian Radio, well over 20 recordings and CDs with the labels “Deutsche Harmonia Mundi”, “ars musici” and “Deutsche Grammophon” and made guest appearances with the opera repertoire for boy soloists.

As director of the Augsburg Cathedral Boys’ Choir, he has worked with international conductors, orchestras, opera houses and festivals, including:

  • Daniel Harding, Kent Nagano, Valéry Gergiev, Bernard Haitink, Manfred Honeck, Thomas Hengelbrock, Konrad Junghänel, Mstislaw Rostropovich, Sir Neville Mariner, Mariss Jansons, Sir Colin Davis
  • Munich Philharmonic Orchestra, Bavarian Radio Choir and Symphony Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, German Chamber Orchestra Berlin, Santa Rosa Symphony USA, Youth Symphony Orchestra Ecuador, Collegium aureum
  • State Theatre Augsburg, Bavarian State Opera Munich, Deutsche Oper am Rhein Düsseldorf, Opera National du Rhin Strasbourg, State Theatre am Gärtnerplatz Munich
  • Baltic Sea Festival Stockholm, Chiemsee Festival, Schwetzinger Festspiele, Festival de musique sacrée Fribourg

Prizes and honours

  • 1977: AZ music promotion award in the subject organ
  • 1982: Prize winner at the 1st German Choir Competition, with the Augsburg Cathedral Boys’ Choir
  • 1998: Medal of merit “For Augsburg
  • 1998: Bavarian poet laureate, with the Augsburg Cathedral Boys’ Choir
  • 2000: cultural prize winner of the Rupert-Gabler-Foundation
  • 2001: Federal Cross of Merit on ribbon
  • 2001: Papal Order of St. Silvester
  • 2001: Culture Award of the Bavarian People’s Foundation, with the Augsburg Cathedral Boys’ Choir
  • 2018: BBC music magazine award for the Augsburg Cathedral Boys’ Choir, together with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra under Bernard Haitink
  • 2019: Bavarian Order of Merit

Literature

  • Franz R. Miller: Musikalische Sonntagskinder – Die Augsburger Domsingknaben. Auer, Augsburg 2001.