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Alban Gerhardt

  • Cellist

Biography

Already famous for his beautiful sound, Alban Gerhardt now has a magnificent instrument made by the legendary Matteo Gofriller at his disposal. After his career-launching debut in 1991 with the Berlin Philharmonic under Semyon Bychkov, concerts followed with more than 160 orchestras worldwide, including many of the top European and American orchestras.
More recent debuts include the Boston Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic (at both Disney Hall and the Hollywood Bowl), National Symphony, the Philadelphia Orchestra and the San Francisco Symphony. Conductors with whom Mr. Gerhardt has collaborated include James Conlon, Sir Colin Davis, Christoph von Dohnányi, Christoph Eschenbach, Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Marek Janowski, Paavo and Neeme Järvi, Yakov Kreizberg, Fabio Luisi, Sir Neville Marriner, Kurt Masur, Sakari Oramo, Leonard Slatkin and Michael Tilson Thomas.
Other recent and upcoming engagements include appearances with the Berlin Philharmonic under Christian Thielemann, the Bavarian Radio Orchestra (with Lisa Batiashvili) under Hans Graf, the Leipzig Gewandhaus under Dimitri Kitaenko, the BBC Symphony under John Adams, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande under Yutaka Sado, KBS Seoul under Claus Peter Flor, and the Toronto Symphony under Peter Oundjian. With an extensive repertoire of over fifty concerti, Alban Gerhardt seeks to enlarge the cello repertoire by collaborating with composers such as Unsuk Chin, Peteris Vasks, Brett Dean, Jörg Widmann, Osvaldo Golijov, Mathias Hinke and Matthias Pintscher.
Also an active recitalist, Mr. Gerhardt plays regulary with colleagues such as Steven Osborne, Cecile Licad, Lars Vogt, Christian Tetzlaff, Lisa Batiashvili, Julia Fischer, Tabea Zimmermann and Emmanuel Pahud. He has appeared at numerous international festivals and in many celebrated venues such as London’s Wigmore Hall, Berliner Philharmonie, Suntory Hall in Tokyo and the Châtelet in Paris.
Also an active recording artist, Alban Gerhardt received the Midem Classic Award in 2006 for his Hyperion debut CD with concertos by Enescu, Dohnányi and d'Albert. Entering a long-term relationship with Hyperion, a second disc was released of works by Schnittke and Shostakovich with pianist Steven Osborne. In 2003, Mr. Gerhardt received the ECHO Classics Prize for his MDG Gold recording of Rubinstein’s First Cello Concerto and in 1998, he received the ECHO Classics Prize for his Harmonia Mundi CD of Brahms sonatas with pianist Markus Groh.
Other recordings on EMI, Chandos, BBC Music Magazine, and Oehms Classics featuring concertos by Dvorak, Barber, Berkeley, Brahms, Bridge, Jacobi and Rubinstein, as well as several recitals, are also available. Recently released was the second volume of Romantic Cello Concertos including works by Schumann, Gernsheim, Dietrich and Volkmann with the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra under Hannu Lintu.
Born in Berlin to a musical family, already at the age of eight Alban Gerhardt demonstrated enormous musical talent performing well on both cello and piano. Throughout his studies, his most important teachers were Boris Pergamenschikow, Markus Nyikos, and Frans Helmerson. Mr. Gerhardt nurtures a special mission that, by breaking time-worn conventions of listening to music and attending concerts, classical music may be opened up to a younger audience.