The German church musician, choral conductor and teacher, Roderich Kreile, studied church music and choral conducting direction in Munich.
Roderich Kreile rapidly accquired more than local acclaim as a church musician. In 1981 he was appointed to choirmaster position at the Christuskirche in Munich. He taught choral conducting at the University of Music in Munich from 1989 to 1996, finally as a full professor. His appointment as director of church music was followed in 1990, and he directed two university choirs. In 1994 he additionally took over the direction of the Philharmonischen Chores München (Munich Philharmonic Choir). As an organist and lecturer, he has accepted invitations from both within and outside Germany.
To the present day the office of the Kreuzkantor (Head of Music) Of the Kreuzchor in Dresden has been one of the most honourable and prestigious offices of Protestant church music. Since 1997, Roderich Kreile has been 28th Kreuzkantor since the Reformation. As Kreuzkantor, he conducts all of the Dresdner Kreuzchor's performances of church music as well as its concerts and tours. Under him the Dresdner Kreuzchor took numerous guest appearances in their homeland and abroad, including other European countries, the USA, South America, South Korea and Japan. At the same time, he and the Dresdner Kreuzchor are developing a broad repertoire of sacred and secular choral works of musical history. In recent years he has premiered many compositions. He has also intensified co-operation with renowned orchestras and produced numerous radio performances and CD recordings. While in previous centuries the tasks of the Head of Music focused to a large extent on conducting music for the church liturgy, the array of tasks today extends considerably beyond the purely liturgical. As the Head of Music of the Dresdner Kreuzchor, Roderich Kreile also has responsibilities as municipal artistic director.
In 2010 he was appointed as a member of the Sächsische Akademie der Künste (Saxon Academy of Arts). He is deputy chairman of the Neuen Bachgesellschaft (New Bach Society) and a member of the Advisory Board of the internationalen Heinrich-Schütz-Gesellschaft (International Heinrich Schütz Society). On June 2, 2012 he was awarded Sächsische Verfassungsmedaille (Saxon Constitutional Medal) by the Saxon State Parliament President Matthias Rößler "for his impressive artistic legacy, which is always associated with high personal commitment and a big success."