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Werner Pfaff (Choral Conductor)

Born: Germany

The German choral conductor, Werner Pfaff, studied piano and composition in Trossingen, conducting and singing in Karlsruhe as well as music science, German studies and philosophy in Freiburg. His most important teacher was Hans-Michael Beuerle (choir directing). He gained further important artistic experiences in co-operation with Georg Solti, Giuseppe Sinopoli, Riccardo Chailly, Inbal, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Michael Gielen, Neville Marriner, Rostropovich, Penderecki, Eric Ericson and others.

1980 he created the chamber choir Studio Vocale Karlsruhe, with which he won several international prizes. Invitations to Festivals in Europe, America and Asia as well as numerous television -, broadcast and CD productions followed.

From 1989to 1996 Werner Pfaff had a training post for directing at the Musikhochschule Frankfurt am Main, and from 1992 to 1995 additionally at the Hochschule für Musik "Franz Liszt" in Weimar. He co-operates frequently with orchestras from Germany, France, Poland and Czechoslovakia as well as Baroque orchestras.

Frequent invitations as a guest conductor allow Werner Pfaff co-operation with broadcast choirs in his homeland and abroad (SWR Vokalensemble Stuttgart, WDR-Chor Köln, Chor des MDR Leipzig, Polish Radio Choir Krakow) and other (semi)professional choirs world-wide, including: Seoul Motet Choir (Seoul, Korea), Exaudi (Cuba), Basler Madrigalisten (Switzerland), Grupo de Canto Coral de Buenos Aires (Argentina), Jauna Muzika Vilnius (Litaunia). Werner Pfaff is a looked-after director/conductor of international choir studios (including Korea, the Philippines, Cuba, Argentina, Chile, Venezuela, Israel, and many European countries); he gives regularly directing courses and master-classes in the whole world. Since 1991 Werner Pfaff together with Jan Szyrocki are regular conductors of the German-Polish Choir Academy "In terra pax".

Appointments to the jury of international choir competitions led him to places as Tours, Tolosa, Riva del Garda, Trelew (Argentina), Netanya (Israel), Miedzyzdroje (Poland), Maasmechelen (Belgium), Maribor (Slovenia) and Zwickau.

Source: Studio Vocale Karlsruhe Website, English translation by Aryeh Oron (April 2004)
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Aryeh Oron (April 2004)

Recordings of Bach Cantatas & Other Vocal Works




Mark Mast

Chorus Master

BWV 232 [w/ Studio Vocale Karlsruhe]

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Studio Vocale Karlsruhe: Dirigent [German]


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