Not only is the Dresden Kreuzchor one of the oldest and most renowned choirs in the world, it is also the most popular ambassador of Saxony’s capital city. Tens of thousands of people around the globe are enchanted and moved by the Crucians (“Kruzianer”) every year. Their concerts are sold out months in advance. Once you have experienced the sound, you will never forget it. More than 130 Crucians between the ages of 9 and 19 belong to the choir.
Boys and young men listening to hip-hop and singing Johann Sebastian Bach. No other ensemble – due to its members alone – is more modern in the best sense of the word and a greater promise for the future than the Dresdner Kreuzchor.
The choir is a cultural heritage of mankind – since 2014 also recognized by UNESCO.
Roderich Kreile is artistic director and musical director of the Dresdner Kreuzchor. Since the Reformation he has been the 28th “Kreuzkantor” and thus holds one of the highest church music offices. He is responsible for and develops the repertoire with the Crucians. Most of the choir’s musical performances are conducted by Roderich Kreile.
Born in Munich in 1956, amongst other things he taught as a professor at the Munich Musikhochschule before his time in Dresden. Since 1994 Roderich Kreile was head of of the Philharmonic Choir Munich, before taking over the Dresdner Kreuzchor in 1997.
Under his direction, the choir has performed with world-famous orchestras and produced numerous recordings.
Roderich Kreile is a member of the Saxon Academy of Arts and vice-president of the “Neue Bachgesellschaft” (New Bach Society). In 2012 he received the “Verfassungsmedaille” (Constitutional Medal) of the Free State of Saxony.
Under the direction of the Kreuzkantor, 62 members of staff work in the areas of artistic education, administration, kitchen and boarding house management. After school, they take care of the Crucians’ rehearsals, musical education, nutrition and leisure activities.