Hans-Joachim Rotzsch

nato il 25.4.1929 a Leipzig, Sachsen, Germania

morto il 25.9.2013 a Leipzig, Sachsen, Germania

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Hans-Joachim Rotzsch

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Hans-Joachim Rotzsch (25 April 1929 25 September 2013) was a German choral conductor, conducting the Thomanerchor from 1972 until 1991 as the fifteenth Thomaskantor since Johann Sebastian Bach.[1] He was also a tenor and an academic.


Hans-Joachim Rotzsch was born in Leipzig and educated from 1940 to 1945 at the Musisches Gymnasium Frankfurt, directed by Kurt Thomas. In 1949 he began to study church music at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy Leipzig, learning organ with Günther Ramin.[2]

Rotzsch became known as an oratorio tenor. In 1972 he was appointed professor at the Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy Hochschule. From 1972 until 1991 he was the Thomaskantor, as the 15th successor of Bach in this position.[2]

In 1992 he became a guest professor for Protestant church music at the Mozarteum University of Salzburg, where he taught until 2000.


  • Kurt Meyer: Der Fünfzehnte nach Bach. Thomaskantor Hans Joachim Rotzsch; Schkeuditzer Buchverlag, 2002; ISBN 3-9806705-4-6

Selected recordings

  • Bach Made in Germany Vol. 1 - Cantatas II - Boy soprano, Hans-Joachim Rotzsch (tenor), Hans Hauptmann, Thomanerchor, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, conductor Günther Ramin, Leipzig Classics
  • Bach: Ich hatte viel Bekümmernis, BWV 21, Arleen Augér, Peter Schreier, Siegfried Lorenz, Thomanerchor Leipzig, Neues Bachisches Collegium musicum zu Leipzig, 198183
  • Bach: Der Himmel lacht! Die Erde jubilieret, BWV 31 / Erfreut euch, ihr Herzen, BWV 66, Helga Termer, Heidi Rieß, Eberhard Büchner, Siegfried Lorenz, Hermann Christian Polster, Thomanerchor Leipzig, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig


  1. Vorname Name *. Ex-Thomaskantor Hans-Joachim Rotzsch ist 84-jährig gestorben - Kultur News - Kultur - LVZ-Online. Lvz-online.de. Retrieved on 2013-09-26.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Hans-Joachim Rotzsch on the bach-cantatas website

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