Prof. Jürgen Budday

Founder of the Maulbronn Chamber Choir
Artistic Director of the International Chamber Choir Competition Marktoberdorf

Jürgen Budday was artistic director and founder of the Maulbronn Chamber Choir. He has been the Artistic Director of the Monestary Music Festival of Maulbronn at the first UNESCO World Heritage Site of Baden-Württemberg from February 1979 until October 2013. With the Maulbronn Chamber Choir he won several first prizes. He realized over 20 recordings with the Maulbronn Chamber Choir, including 10 oratorios by G.F.Händel. He has activities as guest conductor, workshop leader and juror in the country and abroad.

In 1998 he received the Cross of Merit of the BR Germany. Since 2002 he is Chairman of the Advisory Choir Board at the German Music Council and thus has the overall management and is Jury Chairman of the Board of the German Choir Competition.

In 2011 he was appointed Professor by the Prime Minister of the state Baden-Württemberg and received the Georg-Friedrich-Händel-Ring in 2013.

In 2014 he was appointed Artistic Director of the International Chamber Choir Competition in Marktoberdorf and honorary citizen of the town of Maulbronn.

In 2019 he was appointed Chairman of the Advisory Board of the recently founded Bundesjugendchor of Germany by the German Music Council.