Christoph Andreas Schäfer
Member of the Jury (Germany)
Organist and professional choir director, he has given concerts in Norway, Sweden, Finland, Poland, Hungary, Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, Holland, Switzerland, Italy, France, Egypt, Syria and the United States.
Christoph Andreas Schäfer studied church music in Heidelberg and Düsseldorf, completing the state exam. 1986-1990, he was assistant to the KMD Prof.O.G. Blarr at Neander Church in Düsseldorf. His first full-time job took him from 1991 to 1994 as cantor at Walsrode in the Lüneburg Heath. 1994-1998 he worked as a church musician at Christ Church in Freiburg. In addition to being an organist, he devotes himself intensively to the work of choir director with numerous oratorios and world premieres. Concern for contemporary music and the design of unusual church music programs, including jazz and pop music, are among his priorities.
Christoph Andreas Schäfer has been cantor at the Heiliggeistkirche in Heidelberg since 1998. There he directs the Heidelberg Student Choir and founded the Heidelberg Children's Choir and Junge Kantorei Heiliggeist and is the artistic director of the weekly event series "Hour of Church Music ". He is also a lecturer at the University of Music of Friborg and artistic director of the children's and youth choir of Friborg.