Jürgen Fassbender studied German and music. He gained valuable experience for his choral work with further education by Eric Ericson, Werner Pfaff, Frieder Bernius, Wolfgang Schäfer as well as during his co-operation with semi-professional groups, e.g. the “Vokalensemble Frankfurt“, the Chamber Choir Stuttgart and “Studio Vocale“ Karlsruhe (all Germany).
Today Mr. Fassbender works as conductor of several qualified choirs.
Besides numerous first prizes at international contests (among others in Italy, the Czech Republic, Argentina, the Netherlands and together with “Cantabile“ Limburg at the International Radio Contest “Let The Peoples Sing“ in 1995), he was honored several times with a special award of the jury for exceptional artistic achievements. At the German Competition of Choirs in Fulda in 1994 he won with both his choirs “Carpe diem“ and “Cantabile“ Limburg the first prize in the men choirs’ and the first prize in the female choirs’ contest – a case without precedence in the history of this competition – and received a mark of distinction for the outstanding interpretation of a contemporary choral work.
In 1995, Mr. Fassbender won a scholarship from the German Musical Council and obtained on the occasion of the First European Choral Symposium in Ljubljana, Slovenia, and invitations to the master classes of Eric Ericson. He has received numerous invitations as a jury member at national and international choral contests, guest conductor of the Youths’ Choir of Rhineland-Palatinate or assistant professor (Rhineland-Palatinate Academy of Music, Bavarian Choir Union, Musica Mundi and others) as well as several CD productions and recordings for radio and television are to be mentioned additionally.
Jürgen Fassbender is a member of the Federal Music Committee of the Hessian Singers’ Union, of the Musical Council of the German Centre for Choral Music and of the Literature Committee of the German Choral Contest.
In 1997 Jürgen Fassbender was conductor of the German-Polish Choral Academy „in terra pax“.