Jens-Uwe Schunk, our choirmaster

From 1990 to 1994 Jens-Uwe Schunk studied choirmastering and church music at the Episcopal Institute of Church Music in Fulda under the cathedral’s organist Professor Hans-Jürgen Kaiser as well as the musical director Claus Theißen.

He continued his studies of church music from 1995 to 2001 at the University of Music and Performing Art in Frankfurt am Main under Daniel Roth (organ), Berthold Possemeyer (singing) and Winfried Toll (directing).

In 1999 Jens-Uwe Schunk took over as Head of the Chamber Orchestra Collegium Musicum and of the Church Choir Sankt Martinus in Hattersheim am Main. Through the collaboration of both ensembles, together with the association Beaux Arts, which has supported Jens Uwe Schunk’s projects since 1998, many outstanding concerts could be performed.

Having finished his studies in Frankfurt in Summer 2001 Jens-Uwe Schunk trained as a
Kapellmeister at the University of Music in Karlsruhe under Professor Wolf-Dieter Hauschild. In 2005 he completed his studies under Professor Peter Eötvös with distinction. At the same time he began a further course of study in conducting with a focus on opera repertoire at the Saarland University of Music in Saarbrücken under Professor Toshiuky Kamioka. In Summer 2002 Jens-Uwe Schunk became a member of Professor Eötvös’ international class for conducting.

At the centre of his studies were concert projects in Germany and abroad, facilitated by the internationally sought-after composer and conductor Professor Eötvös. This unique training method provided the opportunity to work with renowned orchestras, such as the Berlin and the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra, the Radio Philharmonic Orchestra Hilversum and the London BBC.

In Autumn 2003 Jens-Uwe Schunk participated in a Baden-Württemberg panel for directing and conducted the Württemberg Philharmonic Orchestra Reutlingen in the final concert.

Jens-Uwe Schunk has been leading our choir since 2005. Together with the Church Choir Sankt Martinus and the Chamber Orchestra Collegium Musicum, which are also led by him, we have been able to perform major works by Händel, Bach, Haydn, Mendelssohn Bartholdy, Brahms as well as by Rutter, Orff and Bernstein.