Helmuth Rilling is one of the world’s preeminent interpreters of Bach and conductors of the choral-orchestral repertoire. He has been Artistic Director of the Oregon Bach Festival since its inception in 1970, and his teaching has always been a central focus. His work at the Oregon Bach Festival has led to invitations to work at Indiana, Temple, Iowa, St. Olaf, Baldwin-Wallace, Westminster Choir College, Yale, and USC. He has appeared as guest conductor with most of the world’s major orchestras, including the Chicago, Cleveland, Minneapolis, Seattle and Toronto Symphonies, the New York Philharmonic and prominent orchestras in Los Angeles, Vienna, Madrid, Caracas, Berlin and Dresden. Among his many volumes of recordings are the complete works of Bach, totaling 172 compact discs, issued in 2000 to commemorate the 250th anniversary of Bach’s death—a proud legacy of a life-long devotion to the celebration of Bach’s genius.
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