Marcus Creed, artistic director of the SWR Vokalensemble (South West German Radio Choir) since 2003, studied at King’s College Cambridge, Christ Church Oxford, and at the Guildhall School of Music in London. From 1977 to 1998 he lived in Berlin, where he was chorusmaster at the Deutsche Oper, taught lied interpretation at the Hochschule der Künste, and worked as pianist and conductor with the Gruppe Neue Musik and the Scharoun Ensemble.
From 1987 he was artistic director of the RIAS Kammerchor, being awarded many international prizes for his recordings. He has formed close working relationships with the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, the Freiburger Barockorchester and Concerto Köln, and has appeared at festivals in Berlin, Vienna, Salzburg, Montreux, Edinburgh, Lucerne, Innsbruck, Donaueschingen, Strasbourg, and Göttingen. He was appointed Professor for Choral Conducting at the Hochschule für Musik Köln in 1998. His most recent prize-winning recordings with the SWR Vokalensemble include works by Bruckner, Ives, Nono, and Kurtág.