Helmuth Rilling received his certificate of HAA

At the second general assembly of HAA in 2018 held on 22 November German choral conductor, Helmuth Rilling was chosen to be a honorary member of the academy. On 20 December the President of HAA, György Vashegyi personally handed over the certificate of his honorary membership of HAA to Helmuth Rilling at a solemn event in Schwäbisch Gmünd near Stuttgart.
Helmuth Rilling (age 85) is one of the most significant interpretators of the works of Johann Sebastian Bach and is regarded as one of the most respected choral conductors. From 1972 he has worked on the recordings of all of J. S. Bach's cantatas. In 1981 he founded the Stuttgart Bach Academy, which he also conducts himself. Other Bach Academies have been set up along similar lines in Japan (1983), Argentina, Poland, Czechoslovakia, Russia and Hungary. He is the first person to have twice prepared and recorded (on modern instruments) the complete choral works of J. S. Bach. For the Bach anniversary year in 2000, a complete recording of Bach's works on 172 CDs was issued under his artistic direction. He has also recorded many romantic and classical choral and orchestral works, including the works of Johannes Brahms. In 1988 he conducted the world premiere of the Messa per Rossini that he also conducted at the Rheingau Musik Festival in 2001, where he has traditionally conducted the final concert. In 1990 he was appointed as the President of the New Bach Society. On the occasion of his 80th birthday in May 2013 he retired from all his work as director of various institutions, but remained active as a conductor and lecturer internationally.
January 8, 2019