Wolfgang Schaefer

WOLFGANG SCHAEFER graduated in German Literature, Vocal Music and Conducting. From 1971 to 1982 he taught choral conducting at the conservatory in Freiburg where from 1977 on he was also director of the Musikschule. In 1982 he was appointed professor at the state conservatory in Frankfurt and at the same time he succeeded Helmuth Rilling as conductor of the FRANKFURTER KANTOREI until 1997. He still is director of the Freiburger Vocal Ensemble, the Freiburg Collegium Musicum and of the annual Staufener Musikwoche.

With his ensembles he won numerous international contests, travelled extensively in western Europe, Israel, Canada, Estonia, Russia, the United States, and produced a number of TV and radio shows as well as several records and compact discs. Wolfgang Schaefer was guest conductor of the Radio Symphony Orchestra of Frankfurt, the Israel Chamber Orchestra, the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie and of the Radio Choir in Stuttgart and Berlin.

In 1992 he directed Beethoven's Missa Solemnis as the grand finale of the Festival commemorating the 10th anniversary of the International Federation of Choral Music in Namur, Belgium and in early 1993 he was invited by the Korean Federation for Choral Music to lead a seminar in choral conducting in Seoul.