The cathedral’s Director of Music

Markus Landerer

A photograph of Markus Landerer conducting a concert.
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A photograph of Markus Landerer conducting a concert.

Markus Landerer was appointed Director of Music at St. Stephen’s Cathedral in Vienna in 2007. He has overall responsibility for the musical life in the Cathedral. In this compacity he conducts the Vienna Cathedral Choir, St. Stephen’s Vocal Ensemble, St. Stephen’s Capella, the Schola and the Vienna Cathedral Orchestra.

With the various ensembles the entire range of church music ranging from plain chant to contemporary music is performed. The Director of music is responsible for choosing the music for High Mass at 10.15 a.m. every Sunday and the various religious feasts. Usually these services are broadcast live on Radio Klassik Stephansdom.

He conducts large scale works of the oratorio repertoire as well as new discoveries and premieres such as ‘The martyrdom of St. Stephen’ by Sir John Tavener, composed in 2015 for St. Stephen’s Cathedral in Vienna. Markus Landerer and the Cathedral choir and orchestra are regularly invited to perform in the Golden Concert Hall of the ‘Musikverein’ and various festivals.

Before his appointment in Vienna, he was professor for choral conducting, conducting and Gregorian plain chant at the Vorarlberg Conservatory in Feldkirch, director of the Bregenz Festival Choir and Director of Music at St. Nicholas’ Cathedral in Feldkirch. He is still the artistic director of the Vorarlberg Choir Academy.

Markus Landerer’s repertoire includes both large scale choral and orchestral music. He has developed a broad repertoire as an orchestra and choir conductor and has conducted a number of world premieres.
He has worked with the Rias Chamber Choir Berlin, the NDR Choir in Hamburg and the BR Choir in Munich.

He has conducted many renowned orchestras such as the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, the Austrian Ensemble for New Music, the Stuttgart Philharmonic and Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra, the Munich Symphony Orchestra, the ‘Staatskapelle Halle’, the Philharmonic State Orchestra Mainz, Bremen Philharmonic and the Austrian baroque orchestra ‘concerto stella matutina’. He made his debut in China in 2016 and has worked several times with XMPO, the philharmonic orchestra of the city of Xiamen in south-eastern China.

As a specialist for sacred music, he is regularly invited to give master classes and lectures throughout Europe.

He received his academic training in church music, choral conducting and orchestral conducting at the music academies in Munich and Stuttgart (choral conducting with Michael Gläser, conducting with Per Borin, organ with Harald Feller). He joined master classes with Frieder Bernius, Eric Ericson, Peter Gülke, Johannes Kalitzke, Marco Letonja, Stefan Parkman and Hans-Christoph Rademann, among others.

As Director of Vienna Cathedral Music, Markus Landerer is also the curator of the 22 bells at Vienna’s St. Stephen’s Cathedral.

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