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Gerorg Hage (Conductor, Organ)

Born: 1979 - Halle / Westphalia, Germany.

The German conductor, organist and church musician, Georg Hage, studied in Freiburg, Trossingen and Vienna, where he received after his exams in church music and music for the secondary school, additional artistic diplomas in Lieder and concert singing, organ and conducting.

Georg Hage began his musical career as a chorister in Johanniskantorei Halle (Martin Rieker). He received first singing lessons from Heiner Eckels (Musikhochschule Detmold), and continued with Werner Hollweg and Dorothea Wirtz. As a bass-baritone singer he received significant influences as a member of ensembles directed by Winfried Toll (Camerata Vocale Freiburg), Wolfgang Schäfer (Freiburger Vokalensemble) and Morten Schuldt-Jensen (Immortal-Bach-Ensemble). In addition to regular appearances as a concert singer, he acts in professional early music ensembles (Ensemble Dufay Freiburg Studium Chorale Maastricht) and New Music (Anton-Webern-Chor, Europäische Vokalsolisten) as well as a singing teacher.

Georg Hage’s organ teachers were Klemens Schnorr, Martin Schmeding and Michael Radulescu, and he attended numerous master-classes, particularly at historically significant instruments. At the heart of his repertoire are the organ works of J.S. Bach and the German Romantic organ music, especially the work of Max Reger, whose Choralphantasien Op. 52, he performed as part of his concert diploma. He has performed in international concert series, including the Senās mūzikas festivāls in Latvia and at the Festival Laudes Organi at the Stadtkirche Wien, and is a sought-after continuo player.

Besides his work as Kantor at Heiliggeistgemeinde Kirchzarten (2006-2008) - after many years of church music activities at the Freiburger Lutherkirche - Georg Hage completed his graduate studies in choral conducting with Hans-Michael Beuerle and Manfred Schreier, graduating with a performance of Felix Mendelssohn's Paulus. During this time he also conducted J.S. Bach's Weihnachts-Oratorium (BWV 248), Markus-Passion (BWV 247) and Matthäus-Passion (BWV 244), W.A. Mozart's and Bruckner’s Requiem, F. Mendelssohn’s Lobgesang-Sinfonie and as well as Igor Stravinsky’s Symphony of Psalms, among others.

George Hage was a scholarship holder of of the Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes and the des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen (Internationale Altenberger Orgelakademie) and prize-winner of international competitions: the 4th Internationalen Orgelwettbewerb in Hesse, and the Bayreuth-Regensburger Chorleitungswettbewerb 2004. He has toured in other European countries, the USA, Canada, Israel and Brazil.

Georg Hage was a teacher of choral conducting at the Musikhochschule Trossingen and teaches since 2009 as a lecturer in choral and ensemble conducting at the Hochschule für Musik Detmold and at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hannover. There he also directs the Hochschulchor, with whom he performed at the Holocaust Memorial Day 2010 - Leonard Bernstein's Chichester Psalms at at the Marktkirche Hannover - at the invitation of the European Centre for Jewish Music. At the Kirchenmusikalischen Fortbildungsstätte der Ev. Kirche von Kurhessen-Waldeck he teaches choral conducting, organ, singing and music theory. He is also director of choral conducting workshops and choir work week of the Chorverbands im Rheinland 2010.

In July 2008, Georg Hage became Kantor of the Evangelischen Kirchengemeinde Aachen, succeeding KMD Wolfgang Karius. In this post he directs the Aachener Bachverein, the Aachener Bachtage, the Kammerchor Aachener Bachverein, the Aachener Bachorchester and the Anna-Orchester, and also serves as organist of the Annakirche (Ev. Hauptkirche). With the Aachener Bachverein he concentrates in addition to the regular performances of the vocal works of J.S. Bach on the choral repertoire (Haydn’s Schöpfung, W.A. Mozart's C minor Mass, Johannes BrahmsRequiem, Rossini’s Petite messe, Orff’s Carmina Burana, Frank Martin’s Golgotha); with the Kammerchor Aachener Bachverein, he is dedicated to the music of the 17th and 18th Centuries (Monteverdi’s Marienvesper, Heinrich SchützMusikalische Exequien, George Frideric Handel's Brockes Passion, HWV 48 and Messiah, J.S. Bach's Johannes-Passion (BWV 245)), as well as new music (Ligeti, Arvo Pärt, Nystedt, Schnebel).

Source: Aachener Bachverein Website, English translation by Aryeh Oron (October 2010)
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Aryeh Oron (October 2010)

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