Uwe Gronostay

Biography

Born: 1939; Heldesheim, Germany  
While his name may be unfamiliar to many listeners, choral conductor Uwe Gronostay has appeared on many recordings, often on obscure labels, and has led major ensembles throughout Europe. He has worked with numerous podium icons, including Karajan, Ozawa, Mehta, Abbado, Chailly, Nagano, and Boulez, and has collaborated with well-known singers, among them Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau. Gronostay's choice of repertory in both choral and vocal music is Read more broad, taking in sacred works by Kodaly and Bruckner, lieder by Schumann and Liszt, choruses by Wolf and Hindemith, and various other works by such disparate composers as Mozart, Krenek, Richard Strauss, and Julius Röntgen. Gronostay has led many choral groups over the years, but is probably most closely identified with the Netherlands Chamber Choir. He has made more than 50 recordings on various labels, including Globe, Chandos, Kontrapunkt, and Delta.

Uwe Gronostay was born in Hildesheim, Germany, but his family relocated to Braunschweig in his early childhood. He became interested in keyboard music early on and by age 15 served as organist at St. Jakobi Church in Braunschweig. Under his direction a skilled choir was formed two years later at the church.

After music studies at the Musikschule Bremen, Gronostay worked for a time at Radio Bremen and freelanced as a conductor. From 1972 to 1986 he served as principal conductor of the RIAS Chamber Choir, which he led in performances of both early music (typically following historic performance practices) and modern works. He led the Philharmonic Choir Berlin for 20 years (1982-2002), but, arguably, his most important post was as principal conductor of the Netherlands Chamber Choir. He led the Amsterdam-based group for 10 years (1987-1997) and made his most acclaimed recordings there, many of them coming in the years after his departure.

While Gronostay has been busy as a conductor he has also managed a second career as a teacher, holding several posts, the longest at Berlin's University of the Arts, where he served from 1989 to 2003. In recent years Gronostay has remained active as a conductor, most conspicuously with the Netherlands Chamber Choir. Among his more recent recordings are a pair of Globe CDs issued in 2006: both feature the Netherlands Chamber Choir, with the first containing seven motets and other works by Bruckner and the latter offering songs and choruses by Liszt and the Mass in E flat by Rheinberger. Read less
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  • 1.
    Noel - Christmas Edition Sampler
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 2928223 Release Date: 11/08/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Xaver Gruber,  Heinrich Schütz,  Marc-Antoine Charpentier,  Arcangelo Corelli  ... 
    Performer:  Agnčs [Soprano Vocal] Mellon,  Chiara Banchini,  Andrew Lawrence-King,  Yves Roure  ... 
    Conductor:  Uwe Gronostay,  René Jacobs,  William Christie,  Philippe Herreweghe  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Vocale,  Les Arts Florissants,  Ensemble 415 (Ensemble)  ... 
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    Jan Rokus Van Roosendael: Static Motion
    Label: Attacca   Catalog: 28113 Release Date: 05/11/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Jan Rokus Van Roosendael
    Performer:  Grethe De Vink
    Conductor:  Edo De Waart,  Jim Gordon,  Peter Eötvös,  Ed Spanjaard  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nieuw Ensemble,  Amsterdams Blazers Collective
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    Stille Nacht... - German Carols / Uwe Gronostay, Rias-kammerchor, Et Al
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 501794 Release Date: 10/13/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Hermann Riedel,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Franz Xaver Gruber,  Max Reger  ... 
    Conductor:  Uwe Gronostay
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin RIAS Chamber Chorus
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    Bruckner: Motets;  Reger: Geistliche Gesänge / Uwe Gronostay
    Label: Globe   Catalog: 5160 Release Date: 05/09/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Max Reger,  Anton Bruckner
    Conductor:  Uwe Gronostay
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Netherlands Chamber Choir
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    Draeseke, Schumann / Gronostay, Netherlands Chamber Choir
    Label: Globe   Catalog: 5147 Release Date: 05/09/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert Schumann,  Felix Draeseke
    Conductor:  Uwe Gronostay
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Netherlands Chamber Choir
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    Distler: Totentanz, Choral Passion / Gronostay, Et Al
    Label: Globe   Catalog: 5175 Release Date: 08/17/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Hugo Distler
    Conductor:  Uwe Gronostay
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Netherlands Chamber Choir
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    Kodály: Laudes Organi, Missa Brevis / Gronostay, Krapp
    Label: Globe   Catalog: 5115 Release Date: 12/01/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Zoltán Kodály
    Performer:  Edgar Krapp
    Conductor:  Uwe Gronostay
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Netherlands Chamber Choir
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    Krenek: Lamentatio Jeremiae Prophetae / Gronostay
    Label: Globe   Catalog: 5085 Release Date: 12/01/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ernst Krenek
    Conductor:  Uwe Gronostay
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Netherlands Chamber Choir
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    Hindemith: Choral Works / Gronostay, Netherlands Chamber
    Label: Globe   Catalog: 5125 Release Date: 02/01/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Paul Hindemith
    Conductor:  Uwe Gronostay
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Netherlands Chamber Choir
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    Label: Kontrapunkt   Catalog: 32022 Release Date: 09/17/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sven Erik Werner,  Anton Bruckner
    Conductor:  Uwe Gronostay
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Danish Radio Chorus
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    Mendelssohn: Part-songs For Mixed Chorus A Capella
    Label: Globe   Catalog: 5075 Release Date: 04/19/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn
    Conductor:  Uwe Gronostay
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Netherlands Chamber Choir
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