Rudolf Lutz (1951) is a former lecturer for improvisation at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, and has taught thorough-bass at the School of Music in Basle (1990–2014) and oratory studies at the Zurich University of the Arts. He has furthermore established a reputation for excellence as an organist, cembalist and improviser. From 1986–2010, Rudolf Lutz was conductor of the st. galler kammerensemble; he was organist of the church Sankt Laurenzen in St Gallen from 1973–2013, and conductor of the Bach-Chor St. Gallen from 1986–2008. Concert tours and teaching engagements regularly take him to festivals and workshops in Switzerland and abroad. In addition to teaching, conducting and performing, Rudolf Lutz is a respected composer; his Christmas oratory “An English Christmas”, written for his St Gallen ensemble, has received particular acclaim.
As a conductor, Rudolf Lutz strives to achieve a highly nuanced interpretation of a score; thus, it is his stylistic and analytical understanding of a piece that he transports into a refined orchestral sound, while ensuring that musical expression and unhindered joy in music making remain at the fore. Overall, Rudolf Lutz’s in-depth studies of historical performance practice and his extensive experience as a cembalist, organist and pianist furnish the ensemble with significant artistic insight.
Rudolf Lutz’s extraordinary skills in improvisation and musical analysis, as well as his deep appreciation of choral and orchestral musicianship, single him out as the ideal conductor for the performance of Bach’s entire vocal oeuvre. He assumed this role in 2006, the same year he received the Canton of St Gallen’s prize for culture. In September 2015, Rudolf Lutz was awarded the prize of the “Stiftung für Abendländische Ethik und Kultur” for his lifetime achievement, and particularly for his role in the Bach Foundation’s ambitious project of performing and recording the complete vocal works of Johann Sebastian Bach.