Hugo Distler


1908Born in Nuremberg on the 24th of June
1927Student at the Landeskonservatorium in Leipzig: piano with Carl Adolf Martienssen, harmony with Hermann Grabner, organ with cantor Günther Ramin of the Thomaskirche
1931 Interruption of studies
organist and cantor at St. Jakobi in Lübeck
Worked with Axel Kühl and choir director Bruno Grusnick
1933Première of the “Choralpassion op. 7 in Berlin 
1936Première of the “Harpsichord Concerto op. 14 in Hamburg with Hugo Distler as soloist
1937University lecturer at the Württembergische Hochschule für Musik in Stuttgart in music theory, musical form and choral conducting
Director of the Hochschule choir and Hochschule chapel choir
1939Première of the “Mörike-Chorliederbuch at the “Festival of German Choral Music” in Graz
1940Summoned as Professor of choral conducting, harmony, composition and organ at the Hochschule für Musik in Berlin
1941Appointment as Director of the Berlin Hochschule choir
1942Appointment as Director of the Berlin National and Cathedral Choir
1942Died in Berlin on the 1st of November