Prof. Dr. Ralf Eisenbeiß © Nolte Photography

Prof. Dr. Ralf Eisenbeiß appointed Honorary Artistic President of INTERKULTUR

Long-term Artistic Director honored for his great commitment

World Choir Council

After almost 30 years as Artistic Director of INTERKULTUR, Prof. Dr. Ralf Eisenbeiß was appointed to the ranks of Honorary Artistic Presidents of INTERKULTUR, the World Choir Games and the World Choir Council at the beginning of the year.

Born in Zeulenroda in 1952, Ralf Eisenbeiß studied pedagogy, German language and literature, as well as music education at the Zwickau University of Education and choral and orchestral conducting at the "Franz Liszt" Academy of Music in Weimar. As holder of the chair of choral conducting and choral singing at the Pedagogical University in Zwickau, Ralf Eisenbeiß was appointed professor in 1987. He was the director of the choir of this institution, which was well-known at home and abroad and won numerous prizes in national and international competitions.

In 1990, shortly after the fall of the German wall, Ralf Eisenbeiß met Günter Titsch –  the beginning of a long lasting friendship and cooperation with INTERKULTUR. Ralf Eisenbeiß initiated the Robert Schumann Choir Competition in Zwickau, which took place in 1992 for the first time and developed into a successful competition in Germany in the following years. Since then Ralf Eisenbeiß served as Artistic Director for INTERKULTUR and is one of the co-founders of the Choir Olympics, which later had a grandiose development as the World Choir Games. Until the end of 2020 he was artistically responsible for more than 150 international competitions of INTERKULTUR worldwide. 

According to INTERKULTUR President Günter Titsch, the decision of the INTERKULTUR Presidium and Artistic Committee to appoint Prof. Eisenbeiß as Honorary Artistic President is based above all on precisely these achivements: "Ralf Eisenbeiß has made a considerable contribution to the success of our organization. We would like to express our gratitude and appreciation for his always goal-oriented work, for his tireless commitment and for his valuable work. Over the past 30 years, he has always accompanied us with great dedication, loyalty and trust. Without his professional commitment and his guarantee of artistic quality, our events could not have taken place with the great success they have, which is ultimately confirmed by the considerable number of participants. He has always been, and still is, wholeheartedly involved and has contributed significantly to the further development of INTERKULTUR." 

INTERKULTUR would like to thank Prof. Dr. Ralf Eisenbeiß for the trustful cooperation, his professional advice and his valuable support. He will continue to serve the organization with his expertise and help and thus remain loyal to the worldwide INTERKULTUR family.

The position of Honorary President of the World Choir Council is reserved for influential personalities in the world of music and pedagogy, especially in the field of choir music. The Honorary Presidents are experienced and leading choral experts in their own countries and in the rest of the world. They are distinguished by the fact that they not only do outstanding work in the field of choral music, but are also strongly involved on a social and interpersonal level and publicly advocate INTERKULTUR's vision “Singing together brings nations together”. In a pioneering role, they actively support the connection between choral music, intercultural encounters and world peace as a role model. They assist INTERKULTUR with name and deed in their work, with the further development of new projects and to promote peace and friendship in the choral world.

Please find an overview of all Honorary Artistic Presidents of INTERKULTUR, the World Choir Games and the World Choir Council here

Prof. Dr. Ralf Eisenbeiß © Studi43