Marcus Creed

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Marcus Alan Creed (born April 19, 1951 in Eastbourne , Sussex ) is an English conductor , pianist and choirmaster .


Creed grew up on the south coast of England in Eastbourne, Sussex. He began his studies at King's College Cambridge , where he also sang in the famous King's College Choir , and continued at Christ Church in Oxford and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London .

After moving to Germany, he lived in West Berlin from 1977 . There he was a repetitor at the Deutsche Oper for seven years and then from 1984 to 1987 choir director. He taught song at the Berlin University of the Arts . He also worked in Berlin with the group “New Music” and the “Scharoun Ensemble” as a pianist and conductor.

From 1986 he was chief conductor of the RIAS Chamber Choir in Berlin for fifteen years . During this time he succeeded in sharpening the profile of the choir, especially in relation to modernism , but also to the historical performance practice of the music of the 17th and 18th centuries, which also applies to the performances of choral works of the Romantic period with its chamber music-transparent transparency Approach, not without consequences. The results of this work brought him and the RIAS Chamber Choir numerous international awards for their CD recordings, such as the Edison Award , the Diapason d'or or the Cannes Classical Award .

Creed conducted the leading German baroque orchestras, such as the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra and Concerto Köln , with around 150 concerts, but particularly often the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin . This collaboration resulted in much acclaimed productions and concerts. Particularly noteworthy is the series of performances of oratorios by Georg Friedrich Händel : Solomon (1991), Jephtha (1992 and 1999), Judas Maccabaeus (1993), Israel in Egypt (1993 and 2000), La Resurrezione (1994), The Alexander's Feast (1994), Theodora (1995), The Messiah (1996), Belshazzar (1996, 2002 and 2003), L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato (1997), Saul (1998), Coronation Anthems (2001), Hercules ( 2002), Acis and Galatea (2003), Brockes-Passion (2008) and Dixit Dominus (2008 and 2010).

In addition, he conducted the Staatskapelle Berlin and the Deutsche Symphonie-Orchester Berlin and performed at numerous international festivals, such as B. Wien Modern , the Salzburg Festival , the Berlin Festival and the festivals in Montreux , Edinburgh , Lucerne , Innsbruck as well as the Handel Festival in Göttingen and Halle .

In 1998 he was appointed professor for choral conducting at the Cologne University of Music .

Could Creed already in his time in Berlin standards in the interpretation of contemporary music set, such as the pioneering work of the first complete performance of the hitherto regarded as unplayable Lamentatio Jeremiae Prophetae , op. 93 (1941), by Ernst Krenek , or the performance of Karlheinz Stockhausen's work groups (1957) in cooperation with Claudio Abbado , Friedrich Goldmann and the Berliner Philharmoniker , the SWR Vokalensemble Stuttgart , whose artistic director he took over in January 2003, had even more diverse opportunities in this regard . With this ensemble he brought out productions with works by György Ligeti , Luigi Nono and Olivier Messiaen , among others . In July 2020, Creed was named the ensemble's first honorary conductor at the end of his tenure.

Since 2014 Creed has also been chief conductor of the DR VokalEnsemblet in Copenhagen. In 2010 Creed was awarded the European Church Music Prize. His work is documented on numerous CD recordings.

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Individual evidence

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  2. Marcus Creed (Conductor)., accessed April 27, 2015 .
  3. Chief conductor of the SWR Vokalensemble Stuttgart., accessed on April 27, 2015 .
  4. Portrait: Marcus Creed. The warmth of the sound is its goal., February 23, 2004, accessed April 27, 2015 .
  5. SWR Vokalensemble Stuttgart season 2014/2015., accessed on April 27, 2015 .
  6. Marcus Creed is honorary conductor of the SWR vocal ensemble. July 28, 2020, accessed July 30, 2020 .
  7. ^ Chief conductor Marcus Creed., accessed April 27, 2015 .