Thomaskantor

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The Thomaskantor is the cantor of the Thomanerchor in Leipzig. The choir was founded in 1212.

List of cantors

Name (biographical details) Incumbency Comments
Georg Rhau
* um 1488 in Eisfeld
† 6. August 1548 in Wittenberg
1518–1520 Rhau was also a publisher but no works of his own seem to have survived.
Johannes Galliculus
* um 1490 in Dresden
† um 1550 in Leipzig
1520–1525
Valerian Hüffeler 1526–1530
Johannes Hermann
* 1515 in Zittau
† 22. April 1593 in Freiberg
1531–1536
Wolfgang Jünger
* um 1517 in Sayda
† 4. March 1564 in Großschirma
1536–1539
Johannes Bruckner 1539–1540
Ulrich Lange
† 1549 in Leipzig
1540–1549
Wolfgang Figulus
* um 1525 in Naumburg (Saale)
† 1589 in Meißen
1549–1551
Melchior Heger
* in Brüx (today: Most)
1553–1564
Valentin Otto
* 1529 in Markkleeberg
† April 1594
1564–1594
Sethus Calvisius
* 21. February 1556 in Gorsleben
† 24. November 1615 in Leipzig
1594–1615
Johann Hermann Schein
* 20. January 1586 in Grünhain
† 19. November 1630 in Leipzig
1615–1630
Tobias Michael
* 13. Juni 1592 in Dresden
† 26. Juni 1657 in Leipzig
1631–1657
Sebastian Knüpfer
* 6. September 1633 in Asch
† 10. October 1676 in Leipzig
1657–1676
Johann Schelle
* 6. September 1648 in Geising
† 10. March 1701 in Leipzig
1677–1701
Johann Kuhnau
* 6. April 1660 in Geising
† 5. Juni 1722 in Leipzig
1701–1722
Johann Sebastian Bach
* 21. March 1685 in Eisenach
† 28. Juli 1750 in Leipzig
1723–1750
Johann Gottlob Harrer
* 1703 in Görlitz
† 9. Juli 1755 in Karlsbad
1750–1755
Johann Friedrich Doles
* 23. April 1715 in Steinbach-Hallenberg
† 8. February 1797 in Leipzig
1756–1789
Johann Adam Hiller
* 25. December 1728 in Wendisch-Ossig (today Osiek Łużycki) bei Görlitz
† 16. Juni 1804 in Leipzig
1789–1801 Hiller was conductor of the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra from 1781 till 1785.
August Eberhard Müller
* 13. December 1767 in Northeim
† 3. December 1817 in Weimar
1801–1810 Müller was conductor of the Deutsches Nationaltheater and Staatskapelle Weimar from 1810 till 1817
Johann Gottfried Schicht
* 29. September 1753 in Reichenau (Sachsen)
† 16. February 1823 in Leipzig
1810–1823
Christian Theodor Weinlig
* 25. Juli 1780 in Dresden
† 7. March 1842 in Leipzig
1823–1842 Weinlig was also Kreuzkantor (conductor of the Dresdner Kreuzchor) from 1814 till 1817
Moritz Hauptmann
* 13. October 1792 in Dresden
† 3. January 1868 in Leipzig
1842–1868
Ernst Friedrich Richter
* 24. October 1808 in Großschönau (Lausitz)
† 9. April 1879 in Leipzig
1868–1879
Wilhelm Rust
* 15. August 1822 in Dessau
† 2. May 1892 in Leipzig
1880–1892
Gustav Schreck
* 8. September 1849 in Zeulenroda
† 22. January 1918 in Leipzig
1893–1918
Karl Straube
* 6. January 1873 in Berlin
† 27. April 1950 in Leipzig
1918–1939
Günther Ramin
* 15. October 1898 in Karlsruhe
† 27. February 1956 in Leipzig
1939–1956 Works still protected by copyright
Kurt Thomas
* 25. May 1904 in Tönning
† 31. March 1973 in Bad Oeynhausen
1957–1960 Works still protected by copyright
Erhard Mauersberger
* 29. December 1903 in Mauersberg bei Marienberg
† 11. December 1982 in Leipzig
1961–1972 Works still protected by copyright
Hans-Joachim Rotzsch
* 25. April 1929 in Leipzig
1972–1991 Works still protected by copyright
Georg Christoph Biller
* 20. September 1955 in Nebra (Unstrut)
since 1992 Works still protected by copyright