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Eckhard Weyand (Conductor)

Born: 1940 - Germany

The German conductor, Eckhard Weyand, was trained in church music at the Colleges of Sacred Music in Herford and Esslingen. He then studied school music and choir and orchestra conducting at the College of Music in Trossingen where he obtained the degree of concert-master.

In 1973 Eckhard Weyand founded the Kantatenchor Reutlingen and, as their musical director, developed the choir’s concert activities at home and abroad. From 1979 to 1984 he taught orchestra and choir conducting at the Teachers’ Training College in Reutlingen. As a long-standing member of the choir Gächinger Kantorei Stuttgart and thus well-acquainted with Helmuth Rilling’s work, he joined the International Bach Academy in Stuttgart with many and varied duties as conductor, instructor and organizer at the Bach academies and concert tours held in various different countries.

In 1987 Eckhard Weyand was appointed choir-master of the Stuttgarter Hymnus-Chorknaben. The main emphasis of his work is thus placed on the voice and musical training of the 8- to 14-year-old boys. Highlights of his work with the choir are, apart from regular participation in church services and a-cappella concerts with sacred music of all eras, oratorios and concert tours at home and abroad, as in 1989 in Poland and Switzerland. In spring 1990 Eckhard Weyand and the choir participated as sole representatives of West Germany in the International Boys’ Choir Festival in Riga and performed Bach’s St. John Passion (BWV 245) in the cathedral of Riga.


Source: Liner notes to the 2-CD album ‘J.S. Bach: St. John Passion’ conducted by Eckhard Weyand (Hänssler, 1998)
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Aryeh Oron (June 2001)

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