Martin Lutz

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Martin Lutz (born 19 May 1950) is a German musicologist, conductor and harpsichordist. He has been the musical director of the concert choir Schiersteiner Kantorei in Wiesbaden since 1972 and founded the festival Wiesbadener Bachwochen.

Biography[edit]

Lutz studied church music and musicology at the Evangelisches Kirchenmusikalisches Institut Heidelberg, and art history and ancient history at the University of Mainz.[1][2]

He has been active since 1972 as a cantor of the Christophoruskirche (St. Christopher Church) in Wiesbaden-Schierstein. He has been the conductor of the Schiersteiner Kantorei, a choir of then about 40 singers, which he shaped to one of the largest concert choirs in Hesse.[1] He is also the conductor of the chamber orchestra Bach-Ensemble Wiesbaden.[1][3][4] He continued the series Schiersteiner Vespermusik at the Christophoruskirche, vespers music started by his predecessor, as a forum for early music in Wiesbaden. More than 400 concerts took place as of 2011.[5] In 1975, Lutz founded the festival Wiesbadener Bachwochen, and in 1994, the Musikherbst Wiesbaden.[1] From 1981 to 1999 he was a lecturer in the Musicology Institute of the University of Mainz. From 1997 to 2003 he taught conducting at the Hochschule für Musik Frankfurt. Since 2003 he is teaching again at the University of Mainz as an oratorio and early music specialist. He was appointed as a professor in 2009.[2]

He has performed as a harpsichordist, organist and conductor in France, Yugoslavia, Denmark, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Austria, Poland, Portugal, China, Switzerland and the Netherlands. He is also a member of the baroque ensemble Parnassi Musici.[2]

On 8 May 1995, 50 years after the end of World War II, he conducted a performance of Britten's War Requiem during a ceremony of the government of Hesse at the Kurhaus Wiesbaden,[1] with choirs from countries who were opponents during the war, the Swindon Choral Society from Swindon, UK, the Macon Civic Chorale from Macon, Georgia, the Schiersteiner Kantorei and the Chor von St. Bonifatius, prepared by Gabriel Dessauer.

He recorded Bach's St Matthew Passion and St John Passion with the Schiersteiner Kantorei and Christoph Prégardien as the Evangelist, and Bach cantatas for solo alto with Andreas Scholl.[6]

Since 2004, he is part of a project to perform all Bach sacred cantatas in monthly services, introduced by a lecture. The services are held at both the Marktkirche and the Katharinenkirche, Frankfurt, in a collaboration with the Kantorei St. Katharinen and the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Frankfurt.[1][7][8]

For his artistic work, he was awarded the Public Service Medal of the City of Wiesbaden Silver (1987) and in Gold (1997), the Culture Prize of the City of Wiesbaden (1990, together with the Schiersteiner Kantorei) and the Goethe-Plakette des Landes Hessen (Goethe Medal of the State of Hesse) in 2007.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Goethe-Plakette für Martin Lutz, Heinz Werner Wunderlich, Hermann Zapf". Hessisches Ministerium für Wissenschaft und Kunst. 11 December 2007. Retrieved 29 March 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c "Martin Lutz (Conductor, Harpsichord, Organ)". bach-cantatas.com. 2009. Retrieved 26 March 2012. 
  3. ^ NZ: neue Zeitschrift für Musik. Schott Music. 1987. p. 70. Retrieved 26 March 2012. 
  4. ^ Hamel, Fred (1985). Musica. Bärenreiter-Verlag. p. 427. Retrieved 26 March 2012. 
  5. ^ "Interessante Raritäten ausgegraben / Vespermusik Konzert in der Christophoruskirche". Allgemeine Zeitung. 28 June 2011. Retrieved 30 March 2012. 
  6. ^ "Martin Lutz & Schiersteiner Kantorei / Bach Cantatas & Other Vocal Works". bach-cantatas.com. 2005. Retrieved 26 March 2012. 
  7. ^ "Bach-Vespern Wiesbaden Frankfurt" (in German). bach-wiesbaden.de. Retrieved 21 March 2012. 
  8. ^ "Bach Festivals & Cantata Series / Wiesbaden-Frankfurt Bach-Vespern". bach-cantatas.com. 2012. Retrieved 21 March 2012. 

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