Biography of Günter Titsch
– Holder of the Cross of the Order of Merit
of the Federal Republic of Germany -
It all started in 1990 when Günter Titsch, born in 1946 and a passionate choir singer, founded the association INTERKULTUR. Living in „Germany’s singing city“, (Pohlheim near Gießen) he was convinced: „Singing in a choir creates peace through the means of enthusiasm! Offer choral singers an enthralling competition on an international level and their music will build a bridge between their nations that will cross all borders.“
His former job as a business, IT and tax consultant got him in contact with people all across Europe. These contacts built up the network of the newly established association that made it its business to create novel choral events on an international level.
The first international choral competition in Budapest in 1988 became a successful starting point. Right from the beginning Titsch was convinced of the power of his idea that choral singing was able to establish bridges between all parts of the world and to unite people from all continents together as one big family by the means of music. For the connective element of enthusiasm for choral singing would be able to eliminate prejudices, enable friendships across borders and create a lively and peaceful get-together exceeding music and without any limits regarding nationalities, ideologies and religions.
Günter Titsch and his internationally experienced team developed the INTERKULTUR choir events into the largest and most successful cultural event series worldwide. The idea of “Choir Olympics”, based on the athletic Olympic Games and following the ancient archetype, resulted in an outstanding international achievement in 2000. The event which became well-known as the „World Choir Games“ surpassed every other choral activity so far and headed for success around the world: Until 2012 Austria, Korea, Germany, China and the USA became stopovers of this unique event.
The World Choir Games held 2012 in Cincinnati, USA were the most emotional Games so far. In July 2014 the INTERKULTUR team and participants of the World Choir Games will experience another highlight in Riga, Latvia. This country features an outstanding choral tradition and will host the biggest choir games so far, considering the number of registrations at the beginning of 2014: About 470 choirs will join this event and transform Riga into the global epicentre of choral music.
With his passion for music and his unfailing commitment Günter Titsch developed INTERKULTUR within 25 years into the premier address regarding international choral events. Its competitions and festivals set standards worldwide concerning the artistic level and professional organisation of such events. Supported by the comprehensive promotion of international choral music by cities, provinces, ministries and provincial governments about 7.000 choirs and more than 20.000 singers from app. 100 countries participated in INTERKULTUR events. As a result of this popularity INTERKULTUR will celebrate its 150th event at the end of 2014.
Günter Titsch received numerous awards and distinctions for his long-lasting engagement which not limited to the field of music only, being e.g. member of the board of trustees of the German Sports Aid Foundation. Representing INTERKULTUR he was awarded the European Culture Award (KULTURPREIS EUROPA) in 2006. In July 2009 his outstanding cultural commitment for the People’s Republic of China on an international level earned him a special distinction: As one of the first Europeans Günter Titsch was awarded the honorary citizenship by the South Chinese port Xiamen (4,6 m citizens) . This award is considered a very prestigious one in China and implies for Günter Titsch a notable honour especially regarding the support of German-Chinese relationships.
He also looks back to numerous awards and honorary memberships by organisations, international choral associations and governmental institutions. In April 2012 Günter Titsch received the Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany by Joachim Gauck for his credits as a „voluntary ambassador of culture“. In December 2012 this distinction was awarded to him by the premier of Hesse, Volker Bouffier, during a ceremony at the state chancellery in Wiesbaden.