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Hannelore Höft (Choral Conductor, Organ, Harpsichord)

Born: Ochsenfurt, Bavaria, Germany

The choral conductor, organist, harpsichordist and church musician, Hannelore Höft, received training in piano, organ and singing. She then studied church music (with the major subject organ with Professor Günther Kaunzinger) at the Musikhochschule Würzburg with completion of the A-exam. Today she is Kantorin in Unna.

Already during her studies Hannelore Höft worked as an assistant at the Bachchor Würzburg, the Cäcilienverein Frankfurt and the Heidelberger Bachverein. In 1982, she founded the Höchberger Kammerorchester. The about 25 permanent members are made up of musicians from various German opera and symphony orchestras as well as from students and graduates of the Musikhochschule Würzburg. From 1988 to 1996 she was Kantorin in Hildesheim and exerts this activity since 1997 at the Ev. Stadtkirche Unna, including direction of the Philipp-Nicolai-Kantorei Unna. Since 2002 she is Kreiskantorin of the Kirchenkreis Unna. In 2006, she was appointed by the Evang. Kirche Westfalens as Church Music Director (KMD).

Hannelore Höft has concert activity at home and abroad as organist, harpsichordist and conductor with artists such as Helmuth Rilling, Edith Mathis, Helen Donath, Günter Jena, John Neumeier, Guy Touvron, Christian Kabitz, Kurt Guntner, Andreas Adorjan, the Münchner Bachsolisten, Windsbacher Knabenchor, Heidelberger Bachverein and the Cäcilienverein Frankfurt. The production of the opera Mozart und Salieri with the Bayrischen Rundfunk for Mozart year, was under her musical direction. Furthermore she joined in the Alte Oper Frankfurt as a harpsichordist, the Europäischen Musikfest Stuttgart as organist. She also took part in the John Neumeier's dance production of Matthäus-Passion (BWV 244) at the Staatsoper unter den Linden.

Her awards and prizes include: Prize-winner in organ at the competition "Jugend spielt Bach" in 1970; 1st Prize-winner in piano at the competition "Jugend musiziert" in 1971; Culture Prize of the Sudetendeutschen Landsmannschaft in 1980; Scholarship of the Richard Wagner Association for the Bayreuth Festival in 1985.

Source: Philipp-Nicolai-Kantorei Unna Website, English translation by Aryeh Oron (July 2009)
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Aryeh Oron (July 2009)

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