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Günther Hoff (Choral Conductor)

Born: 1928 - Gernrode, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany

The German conductor and church musicia, Günther Hoff, studied church music in Halle (Saale).

After his studies, Günther Hoff became first Kantor in his hometown Gernrode, and subsequently for nearly a quarter century at the Dom in Magdeburg as organist and conductor of the Magdeburger Domchor. In 1993 he became Director of the newly founded Magdeburger Universitätschor. He is a lecturer in conducting at the Institut für Musik of the Otto-von-Guericke-Universität, directing also the Akademische Orchester of the University of Magdeburg and the Magdeburger Bläserchor. Hoff regularly performs with various chamber music ensembles.

The center of Günther Hoffs artistic work has always been to work with choirs. Already in Gernrode he could build a powerful choir and the Stiftskirche became a known center of sacred music over the Harz region. As choirmaster and conductor of the Magdeburger Domchor, Hoff ccould give a great contribution to the musical life of Magdeburg. His cycle of the Dom-Musik was characterized by a remarkable aesthetic content span. Performances of oratorios during the Bachtage des Magdeburger Domchors strengthened the national reputation of the Magdeburger Domchor. With the Magdeburger Universitätschor, founded in 1993, Hoff continued this direction. After developing choral-symphonic works and an a cappella programme, he made concert tours with the choir in several cities in Germany and Israel. With the reopening of Johanniskirche, the Otto-von-Guericke-Universität created a series of concerts with the Magdeburger Universitätschor.

City and University of Magdeburg thanked KMD Günther Hoff for his outstanding services. In 1999 he was awarded by the Federal President R. Herzog the Medal of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany, and in 2001 Otto-von-Guericke Medal from the Otto-von-Guericke-Universität..

Source: Musica Magdeburga Website, English translation by Aryeh Oron (July 2012)
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Aryeh Oron (July 2012)

Günther Hoff: Short Biography | Magdeburger Universitätschor | Recordings of Vocal Works

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