The German conductor, Joshard Daus, is fascinated by the interplay of human voices and instruments and the variety of sonorities created by choir, orchestra and soloists. In his work with the EuropaChorAkademie, which he founded in 1997, his goal has been to promote artistic excellence in the performance of choral symphonic works.
Joshard Daus studied music pedagogy and conducting with Professor Brückner-Rüggeberg at the university and the music and theatre academy in his hometown Hamburg.
From 1976 to 1996 Joshard Daus was music director of the Westphalian cities Lippstadt and Hamm, where in 1985 he initiated ‘KlassikSommerHamm’. Since 1979 he has been artistic director of the Brahms Choir in Bremen, which was incorporated into the music academy there in 1997. In 1985 he became professor of choir and orchestra conducting and became choir master of the Collegium Musicum at the Johannes Guttenberg University in Mainz. In 1986 he began working with Sergiu Celibidache, which led to his appointment as choir master for the Münchner Philharmoniker from 1990 to 1993 and provided him with major impulses for his further artistic development. Under his leadership the Philharmonic Choir was prepared for performances with many famous conductors, including Daniel Barenboim, Vaclav Neumann, Gerd Albrecht and Peter Schneider. Since 1996 he has been working closely together with Michael Gielen and Sylvain Cambreling.
As guest conductor Joshard Daus worked with the Münchner Philharmoniker, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of London, the Dresdner Philharmonic Orchestra, several German radio orchestra (NDR Sinfonieorchester Hamburg, WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln and Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra (SWR)), SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden & Freiburg, as well as the Münchner Symphoniker, with whom he conducted J.S. Bach’s Mass in B minor (BWV 232) for the first time in 1998.
With the incorporation of the Brahms Choir into the Bremen Academy in 1997 and co-operation between the Johannes Guttenberg University in Mainz and the Bremen Academy of the
EuropaChorAkademie, Joshard Daus has been able to establish a national and international network of musicians. Here the traditional function of the university as a cultural centre of society has been revived. The campus provides the opportunity for him to work with young choral singers, conductors and soloists in productions of high quality and thus to faster and develop choral music at an international level.