The Gernab choral conductor, Roland Bader, studied at the Stuttgart Musikhochschule.
Roland Bader's career was rather slow to develop until he became chief conductor at Oberhausen, where he served from 1970 to 1974. He was also director of the Folkwang Hochschule at Essen and choral director of Chor der St. Hedwigs-Kathedrale Berlin starting in 1974. His profile became much higher in the 1980's. He served as chief guest conductor with the Krakow Philharmonic and choral director at NDR, Hamburg, from 1983. He also began making regular choral appearances at the Salzburg Festival in 1984.
Although he is best known as a choral conductor, Roland Bader has also been active in front of voiceless orchestras, recording the music of Weill, Paderewski, Joachim, and some lesser-known composers throughout the 1980's and 1990's. Yet his primary interest has been choral music, a fact borne out by his recordings of mainstream and offbeat 18th and 19th century masses and other liturgical works by the likes of Mozart, Bruch, L.v. Beethoven, Bruckner, Weber, and even Nicolai, Suppé, and Donizetti.