Hans Michael Beuerle

Hans Michael Beuerle, born in 1941 in Berlin, came from a family of musicians, where he was exposed to vocal and instrumental ensemble music, particularly from the Baroque period, at an early age. During the final years of his schooling in Frankfurt, he studied violin and chamber music at the Hoch's Conservatory. He then pursued studies in music education at the Frankfurt University of Music, later transitioning to the orchestral department and eventually completing an advanced program in conducting (orchestral conducting under Carl Maria Zwißler and choral conducting under Helmuth Rilling). Concurrently, he studied musicology, German literature, and philosophy at the University of Frankfurt, where he earned his Ph.D. under Ludwig Finscher with a dissertation on the a cappella compositions of Johannes Brahms. Significant encounters with Gustav Lenzewski and Theodor W. Adorno introduced him to the realm of contemporary music, particularly the music of the Second Viennese School.
During his studies, Beuerle collaborated with a small student choir at the University of Frankfurt, which eventually evolved into the Chamber Choir Frankfurt. In 1971, he assumed the artistic direction of the Laubacher Kantorei boys' choir, with which he worked successfully for two years. In 1973, he was appointed as a lecturer in choral conducting at the Trossingen University of Music, followed by a professorship at the Karlsruhe University of Music in 1977. In 1980, he accepted a professorship in choral and orchestral conducting at the University of Music Freiburg, where he taught until his retirement.
In addition to his teaching activities, Beuerle served as the artistic director of the Freiburg Bach Choir and the Freiburg Bach Orchestra from 1983 until his death in 2015. He also continued to collaborate with the Chamber Choir Frankfurt, which relocated to Freiburg in 1991 and evolved into the professional vocal ensemble known as the "Anton Webern Choir Freiburg" under his guidance. Guest appearances with his ensembles, conducting engagements, and masterclasses took him to nearly every European country, Japan, and the United States.
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