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Georg Christoph Biller
German conductor

Georg Christoph Biller

Georg Christoph Biller
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Intro German conductor
Is Musician Conductor Choir director Educator Music director
From Germany
Field Academia Religion Music
Gender male
Birth 20 September 1955, Nebra, Unstruttal, Burgenlandkreis, Saxony-Anhalt
Age 68 years
Star sign Virgo
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Georg Christoph Biller (born 20 September 1955) is a German choral conductor. He conducted the Thomanerchor as the sixteenth Thomaskantor since Johann Sebastian Bach from 1992 to 2015. He is also a baritone, an academic teacher and a composer.


Born in Nebra, Biller was a Thomaner, a member of the Thomanerchor, from 1965 to 1974 with Erhard Mauersberger and Hans-Joachim Rotzsch.

He studied at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater „Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy“ Leipzig from 1976 until 1981, orchestral conducting with Rolf Reuter (de) and Kurt Masur, and voice. He was a teacher for choral conducting at the Hochschule für Musik Detmold in 1991.

In November 1992, George Christoph Biller was appointed Thomaskantor as the 16th successor of Bach in this position. Under his direction, the choir performed regularly three times a week in St. Thomas, "Motette" every Friday evening at 6 and every Saturday afternoon at 3, typically including a Bach cantata, and service on Sundays at 9 o'clock.

In January 1994 Biller was appointed professor of choral conducting at the Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy Hochschule. In May 1996 he became a member of the Sächsische Akademie der Künste (Academy of Arts of Saxony).

Biller resigned as Thomaskantor in January 2015 for health reasons.

Special projects

In 2000 he prepared the Thomanerchor for a collaboration with the Knabenchor Hannover for a recorded performance in Hannover of Bach's St Matthew Passion.

In 2009 he initiated that the cantatas of Bach's Christmas Oratorio were performed in St. Thomas and St. Nicholas in services for the six feast days of the Christmas season as Bach had intended it 275 years earlier.

On Good Friday 2010 he conducted Bach's St Matthew Passion in the Thomaskirche with Martin Petzold as the Evangelist, Klaus Mertens (words of Jesus), Ute Selbig, Britta Schwarz, Martin Lattke, Thomas Laske, the Thomanerchor and the Gewandhausorchester.

Selected recordings

  • J. S. Bach: Matthäus-Passion, Martin Petzold, Andreas Schmidt, Monika Frimmer, Bogna Bartosz, Olaf Bär, Thomanerchor & Gewandhaus Kinderchor, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, conductor Georg Christoph Biller, Unitel 1998
  • J. S. Bach: Johannes-Passion, Marcus Ullmann, Gotthold Schwarz, Ruth Holton, Matthias Rexroth, Henryk Bö̈hm, Thomanerchor, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, conductor Georg Christoph Biller, Rondeau 2007

Selected compositions

  • Der apostolische Segen (The apostolic blessing)
  • Naunhofer Choralbuch (Naunhof book of chorales)
  • Responsorien
  • Gesänge nach Worten von Clemens Brentano (songs after Clemens Brentano)
  • 7 Lieder aus Stille (Seven songs from silence)
  • Psalmen David (Psalms of David)
  • Eine kleine Thomasmusik (alluding to Mozart's Eine kleine Nachtmusik, 2000)
  • Der Nebraer Himmelspsalm (The Nebra heavenly psalm)
  • Res severa verum gaudium (a round)
  • Herr, tue meine Lippen auf (Lord, open my lips)
  • Verleih uns Friede (Grant us peace)
  • In einem Glauben (In one faith, 2009)
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