Bratislava Music Agency
841 06 Bratislava 4
The Gumpoldskirchen male choir was founded in 1863 and has been a traditional choir for men's voices. Today the Gumpoldskirchen male choir MACH4 presents itself as a modern sounding powerful body that is anything but conventional or old-fashioned. MACH4 stands for MAle CHoir – 4 voices. The choir started to change about 37 years ago when Johannes Dietl became their choirmaster and began to develop the choir’s full potential. The music teacher pushed the choir forward and opened the repertoire for all genres. Whether singing national folk songs, classical, traditional or popular literature, the aim is and will be to perfect the presentation and bring pleasure for the listeners. MACH4 successfully found new fans in the home region and abroad. The male choir MACH4 is a body of seventy extremely motivated members who have been very successful in numerous choir competitions. Johannes Dietl is not only the conductor and choirmaster, he is the booster of the choir, the driving force behind the scenes. The choir has released five sound recordings, which were highly praised by well-known music critics. The recordings prove the high musical standard of the choir. Concerts took us to several famous concert halls such as the Golden Hall in Vienna (Musikverein), Angelika-Kauffmann-Saal in Schwarzenberg (International Concert Hall of Schubertiade) and Raiding (The Liszt Place). To broaden their musical and cultural horizon the Gumpoldskirchen male choir MACH4 regularly goes on concert tours every year. We travel to our next neighbours Hungary, Germany, Spain and Italy, the Netherlands among other European countries. International contacts with other choirs are a primary concern of MACH4 and brought us to China twice. The choir is a representative of the village of Gumpoldskirchen and the federal state of Lower Austria.
Johannes Dietl (born 1957) started his musical career in 1964 at the „Sängerknaben vom Wienerwald“. After graduating from high school he attended the University for Music in Vienna, specializing in musical education science and has been teaching at the high school in Baden near Vienna since 1980. In 1978 he took over the men’s choir „MACH4“ in Gumpoldskirchen, leading them to win gold medals in their category in Prag in 1995, in Verona in 1999, in Grado in 2004 and 3 gold statues at the International Choir Competition in Hainan in 2009. In 1980 he founded the Ensemble VOCALITAS and took them on concert tours through the US, Canada, the UK, Germany, Slovenia, Italy and Austria. Between 1989 and 2008 he was also head of the mixed ensemble NOTA BENE. For years now Johannes Dietl has been an instructor and speaker at different singing days, singing weeks, consultant to various choirs and judge for national and international choir competitions.Back to the list of ensembles