Guest Artist Bio
Described by Tagesspiegel as “a magician of cantabile playing and a master of virtuosic panache,” Alban Gerhardt has, for 25 years, made a unique impact on audiences worldwide with his intense musicality, compelling stage presence, and insatiable artistic curiosity. His gift for shedding fresh light on familiar scores, along with his appetite for investigating new repertoire from centuries past and present, truly set him apart from his peers.
Recent and forthcoming highlights include concerts with the Boston Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, Finnish Radio Symphony, Hamburg Philharmonic, Czech Philharmonic, and Oslo Philharmonic orchestras. Gerhardt will also perform in Hong Kong, Melbourne, and Perth, as well as giving recitals in Montreal, the Konzerthaus Berlin, and at the Library of Congress in Washington.
Gerhardt is passionate about sharing his discoveries with audiences far beyond the traditional concert hall: outreach projects undertaken in Europe and the U.S. have involved performances and work shops, not only in schools and hospitals, but also pioneering sessions in public spaces and young offender institutions. His collaboration with Deutsche Bahn, involving live performances on the main commuter routes in Germany, vividly demonstrates his commitment to challenging traditional expectations of classical music.
Following early competition success, Gerhardt’s international career was launched by his debut with Berliner Philharmoniker and Semyon Bychkov in 1991. Notable orchestra collaborations since include Royal Concertgebouw, London Philharmonic, Philharmonia, NHK Symphony, The Cleveland, The Philadelphia, and Chicago Symphony orchestras and Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, under conduc tors such as Kurt Masur, Christoph von Dohnányi, Christian Thielemann, Christoph Eschenbach, Myung-Whun Chung, Michael Tilson-Thomas, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Vladimir Jurowski, Kirill Petrenko, and Andris Nelsons.Gerhardt has collaborated with composers including Thomas Larcher, Brett Dean, Jörg Widmann, and Matthias Pintscher; and in almost every case, he commits to memorising their scores before world premiere performances. In spring 2014, he made his third visit to Berliner Philharmoniker, performing Unsuk Chin’s Cello Concerto—originally premiered by Gerhardt at the 2009 BBC Proms. He also completed a groundbreaking, three-year residency with the Oregon Symphony and was resident at London’s Wigmore Hall.
A highly acclaimed recording artist, Gerhardt has won three ECHO Klassik Awards, as well as ICMA and MIDEM Classic awards, and his recording of Unsuk Chin’s Cello Concerto, released by Deutsche Grammophon, won the BBC Music Magazine Award and has been shortlisted for a Gramophone Award in 2015. He has recorded extensively for Hyperion, spearheading the label’s Romantic Cello Concertos series.
Alban Gerhardt plays a Matteo Gofriller cello dating back to 1710.