25 May 1927|
Burg bei Magdeburg, Germany
|Died||29 January 2002
In 1950 he founded the Knabenchor Hannover. In 1961 he cofounded the youth orchestra "Junges Sinfonieorchester Hannover" (JSO). He prepared the boys choir for the recording of Bach cantatas in a collaboration with Gustav Leonhardt, published as "Das Kantatenwerk" by Teldec. Hennig belonged to the first conductors pursuing historically informed performance. He revived neglected works of Heinrich Schütz and Andreas Hammerschmidt, among others. He conducted the choir in five Schütz recordings between 1982 and 1999, four of them won prizes such as the Deutscher Schallplattenpreis. He also premiered works of composers such as Alfred Koerppen, who wrote in 1951 a youth opera Virgilius, der Magier von Rom that the choir performed successfully at the "Sängerfest" in Frankfurt a.M.
Heinz Hennig was a teacher for choral conducting at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hannover 1962 – 1992, serving as the institute's vice president since 1970. He also conducted its chamber choir.
He prepared the choir for collaborations with Ton Koopman, Philippe Herreweghe and the Hilliard Ensemble. To celebrate 50 years Knabenchor Hannover in 2000, Heinz Hennig conducted Bach's St Matthew Passion in a collaboration with the Thomanerchor prepared by Georg Christoph Biller.
He died in Hannover on 29 January 2002.
- Heinz Hennig – a life devoted to music on the Knabenchor Hannover website (in German)
- Heinz Hennig on the website of Freundeskreis Knabenchor Hannover (in German)
- Knabenchor Hannover on the website of Niedersachsen (Lower Saxony, in German)
- Knabenchor Hannover on the website of treble, discography
- Entries for recordings by Heinz Hennig on WorldCat