Roland Bader

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Roland Bader (born August 24, 1938 in Wangen im Allgäu ) is a German conductor .


Roland Bader studied church music for one semester in Rottenburg am Neckar , then passed the so-called C-exam for organists and then studied at the Stuttgart University of Music , where he studied organ (Nowakowski), piano (Lautner), viola (Kessinger) and composition (Joh.Nep .David) studied. From Hans Hörner, 1958–1965 chief conductor of the Stuttgart Philharmonic and later professor at the Musashino Musikhochschule Tokyo, Bader received private lessons on his conducting career.

After completing his training with the final examination A in church music, Bader devoted himself as a choir director and organist to church music and the great oratorios as well as symphonic music. Bader was employed as a full-time church musician in Böblingen (1960–1967) and Ludwigsburg (1967–1970).

In 1966 he also founded the “Philharmonia Vocal Ensemble Stuttgart” (SemiProfiChor) and the “Philharmonia Chamber Orchestra Stuttgart” (members of the large Stuttgart orchestras), the “Böblinger Bach Evenings” (1960) and the “Philharmonia Concerts” in Ludwigsburg ( 1967). 1963 was the first recording of Mendelssohn's Elias for VOX New York with the Stuttgart Philharmonic , the Böblinger Liederkranz and the Böblingen Bach Choir. This was followed by recordings of Ein deutsches Requiem by Brahms and Mozart's Requiem , Schumann's Missa sacra , CM v. Weber's jubilee mass , the Messkirchen mass by Conradin Kreutzer , Mozart's coronation mass and various trumpet concerts with Walter Schetsche (SDR) as a soloist.

In 1970 Bader took over the position of music director of the municipal theaters in Oberhausen . During this time, his repertoire also expanded to include game operas and operettas, with which he and his musitheater ensemble also performed in many Dutch cities.

Further stations were Essen - lecturer at the Folkwanghochschule 1971 to 1976 for conducting and score playing - and Berlin - cathedral music director and director of the choir of St. Hedwig's Cathedral Berlin - from 1974 to 1991. He also directed the choir of the Bonn Bach community (1972 –1975) and was the founder and director of the Episcopal Church Music School in Berlin (1975–1987). Numerous radio recordings with the choir of St. Hedwig's Cathedral in Berlin and tours to the USA, Australia and Japan mark this period. With the Berlin Philharmonic and the Choir of St. Hedwig's Cathedral, Roland Bader conducted 17 times in the Berlin Philharmonic choral symphonic works by Verdi, Rossini, Bizet, Brahms, Elgar, Tchaikovsky (opera “Jeanne d'arc”), Berlioz and Beethoven. Mozart's Geistliches Singspiel "The Obligation of the First Commandment" was first seen staged with Roland Bader in 1980 in Berlin, directed by August Everding.

He was also known for his record / CD recordings with works by Leopold Mozart (Missa solemnis), Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart ( The debt of the first commandment ”) , Franz Xaver Wolfgang Mozart (2 piano concertos), Jos. Haydn (creation), Gaetano Donizetti / Vincenco Bellini (three small symphonies each), Franz von Suppè (Requiem), Ignaz Jan Paderewski (orchestral works), Ludwig van Beethoven (three hymns), Charles Gounod / Ant. Bruckner (Cäcilienmesse / Te Deum), Friedrich Kiel (Stern von Bethlehem) , Ermanno Wolf-Ferrar (“La vita nuova”) and one-act opera “Susannens Secret”, Max Bruch “Mass op 35”, Max Reger Hebbel Requiem , Latin Requiem op.145a, Dies Irae , ETA Hoffmann. (Opera “ Undine ”, Miserere and Mass), Otto Nicolai “Te Deum” , Richard Wetz (Symphony No. 1), Mario Castelnuovo Tedesco (Concerts for 2 guitars), Charles Koechlin (Silhouettes de Comédie op 193 f. Bassoon & orchestra ), Grażyna Bacewicz (Symphony No. 3), Henryk Mikołaj Górecki (Symphony No. 1), Stanisław Moniuszko (Opera Overtures), Boris Lyatoschinskij (Symphonies No. 4 and 5), Joseph Joachim (Overtures), Otto Nicolai (Te Deum), Muzio Clementi, Domenico Maria Puccini and Joh.Nep.Hummel (piano concerts and rondo), Kurt Weill (symphonies No. 1 and 2), Hans-Georg Pflüger (Memento mori) a. a.

Bader conducted the RSO Berlin (today DSO ), the RSB Berlin with the radio choir and choir of the Krakow State Philharmonic in a memorial concert on October 3, 1990 ("Britten" War-Requiem "with Julia Varady and Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau), Tokyo Philharmonic, Tokyo Symphony orchestra, Tokyo City Philharmonic, Seoul Philharmonic, Manila Philharmonic, Sydney Symphony, Melbourne Symphony, Edmonton Symphony (Canada), Residence Orchestra The Hague, Limburgs Symphony Orchestra Maastricht, Philharmonia Hungarica, Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg, Camerata Academica des Mozarteum Salzburg (European tour with Maurice André), Symphony Orchestra of NDR Hamburg, Symphony Orchestra of WDR Cologne, "Gürzenich Orchestra Cologne", Symphony Orchestra of SWR Baden-Baden, Symphony Orchestra of Saarland Radio, Hanover Radio Philharmonic, Orchestra of the Beethoven Hall Bonn, Duisburg Symphony Orchestra, Stuttgart Philharmonic Orchestra, Radio Symphony Orchestra and the State Philharmonic of Cracow (where he was chief conductor for three years), Capella c racoviensis.

Roland Bader was also chief conductor of the NDR Choir Hamburg for three years from 1984. During this time there were many productions both with choir / + symphony orchestra and television concerts in Lübeck Cathedral (New Year's Eve Concert 1984) and at the International Nuremberg Organ Week as well as opera productions at NDR Hanover.

He has worked as a permanent guest conductor at the Cracow State Opera, the Łódź State Opera and the Ukrainian State Opera Kharkov (international opera tours); as a guest at the Budapest State Opera (La Traviata).

For three years he was a summer school conductor at the North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem . Youth orchestra work with the RIAS -Jugend-Sinfonieorchester Berlin and the Landesjugend-Sinfonieorchester Berlin. Roland Bader was a visiting professor at the TOHO Mimurodo Gakuen University of Music in Tokyo from 1988 to 2006 . In Japan, Bader conducted an annual "education program" with particularly talented children between 7 and 18 years of age with the Capella cracoviensis and later with the Chamber Philharmonic of the Krakow Philharmonic from 1995 to 2008; the concerts took place in numerous large cities between Nagasaki and Hokkaido.

Roland Bader and his record company (at that time KOCH-SCHWANN) received the Vienna Flute Clock Prize for his recording of Mozart's sacred Singspiel Die Schuldigkeit des Erste Gebots .

Roland Bader was awarded the Knightly Order of Saint Gregorius by Pope John Paul II. Bader is a Rotary member.

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