Christian Ridil, Composer
Christian Ridil, born in Wrocław in 1943, received his school education and musical training (piano, violin, voice, harmonic theory) at the Musikgymnasium der Regensburger Domspatzen. Following the completion of his final school examinations, he studied music education, composition (with Günter Bialas), as well as musicology at the University of Music and Performing Arts Munich and the University of Augsburg.
After teaching at a Gymnasium in Neusäß/Augsburg for fourteen years, Ridil was appointed at the Goethe University Frankfurt. He taught at the Institute of Musicology until his retirement in 2011 and directed the university’s choirs and orchestra. In the 1992/93 academic year, Ridil taught as an exchange professor at Trenton State College of New Jersey (USA). In 1994 he was appointed director of the university music department; in 2010 he received his honorary doctorate and the title Dr. phil. h. c.. As director of the Augsburger Vocal Ensemble, which he co-founded in 1976, as well as the Goethe University Frankfurt Chamber Choir (1987), Christian Ridil became more widely known to a broader audience through concert tours and media productions (TV and radio broadcasts as well as record and CD recordings).
He has been awarded numerous prizes for his wide range of compositions, which also include several commissioned works—such as Psalm 23 in 2008 for the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the Bishop of Mainz, Cardinal Lehmann. His pieces have been performed in Germany and abroad by ensembles and orchestras such members of Ensemble Modern, the Opernhaus- und Museumsorchester Frankfurt and the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, among others (orchestra and chamber music).
His choral works—including motets, choral cantatas and secular vocal music—have found their way into the repertoire of many choirs, such as the cathedral choirs in Mainz and Regensburg, the Dresden College of Music Choir as well as numerous other sacred and secular vocal ensembles. In 2013 a CD was released with a selection of Ridil’s works for solo organ, organ and oboe, and organ and trumpet. A CD with sacred and secular choral works under the direction of Stephan Lennig was produced in 2018.
Picture: private archive
The Artist's Homepage: https://www.christianridil.de
Solo Songs and Works for Male Choir
Nikolaus Fluck, Baritone - Andreas Frese, Piano - Camerata Musica Limburg - Jan Schumacher, Conductor - Christian Ridil, Composer