For centuries, the post of the cantor at the Dresdner Kreuzchor (Choir of the Church of the Holy Cross) has been amongst the most honourable and renowned positions in evangelical church music. Roderich Kreile has served as the 28th post-reformation cantor of the Dresdner Kreuzchor since 1997.
He was born in 1956 and studied church music and choral conducting in Munich. Roderich Kreile quickly achieved recognition from far afield as a church musician. He taught at the Munich Conservatoire between 1989 and 1996, eventually as a professor, and led two choirs. Furthermore, in 1994 he took over the leadership of the Munich Philharmonic Choir. As an organist and tutor he received invitations from both within Germany and from abroad.
Kreuzkantor Roderich Kreile leads all performances of music in the church as well as the concerts and tours of the Dresdner Kreuzchor. There he has compiled, with the members of the choir – named Crucians – , a wide-ranging repertoire of religious and secular choral works from the history of music. In the last few years he has given many compositions their first performances. Equally, he has increased partnerships with renowned orchestras and produced numerous radio and CD recordings.
In previous centuries, the area of responsibility of the cantor of the Dresdner Kreuzchor was also concentrated significantly on the leadership of the religious services, and this is also the case nowadays. The remit of the cantor far outreaches purely artistic responsibility; as the leader of the Dresdner Kreuzchor, Roderich Kreile also has the responsibility of being a community representative.