Alban Gerhardt



Biography

Alban Gerhardt's spellbinding performances have made him one of the most sought-after cellists in the world. After his career-launching debut with the Berlin Philharmonic in 1991, concerts followed on three continents. In Europe, he has appeared with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, the radio orchestras of Frankfurt, Hamburg, Leipzig and Munich, the Dresden Philharmonic, Hamburg Philharmonic, Munich Philharmonic, London Philharmonic, BBC Symphony (London), City of Birmingham Symphony at the London Proms, Bournemouth Symphony, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Helsinki Philharmonic, Czech Philharmonic, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Monte Carlo Philharmonic and the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, among others. North American engagements include the symphonies of Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Detroit, Houston, Los Angeles, Seattle, Utah, and Vancouver. Appearances in Asia include the Shinsei Symphony, the orchestras of Tokyo and Nagoya and the Hong Kong Philharmonic.

Upcoming and recent debut performances include the Cleveland Orchestra, National Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, Milwaukee Symphony, Toronto Symphony, the Netherlands Philharmonic, the Berlin Symphony, as well as European tours with the Monte Carlo Philharmonic, Netherlands Philharmonic, and the Venice Baroque Orchestra, during which Mr. Gerhardt will be playing a Baroque cello manufactured specifically for him.

Among the conductors with whom he has appeared are Sir Colin Davis, Christoph Eschenbach, Manfred Honeck, Neeme Järvi, Paavo Järvi, James Conlon, Sir Neville Marriner, Kurt Masur, Sakari Oramo, Leonard Slatkin and Osmo Vänska.

Alban Gerhardt has also appeared worldwide in recital at venues such as Alice Tully Hall, Kennedy Center, the Ravinia Festival, Wigmore Hall, Théâtre de la Ville, the Châtelet, Berliner Philharmonie and the Suntory Hall in Tokyo. He has collaborated with many renowned pianists, including Christoph Eschenbach, Markus Groh, Cecile Licad, Steven Osborne and Lars Vogt. Festival appearances include Spoleto (Italy and the U.S.), Vancouver, Newport, Edinburgh, Schleswig-Holstein, Berliner Festwochen and the Autumn Festival in Prague.

As a recording artist, Alban Gerhardt has received the Midem Classic Award in 2006 for his Hyperion debut recording with concertos by Enescu, Dohnányi and d'Albert; the Echo Classics Prize in 2003 for his MDG Gold recording of Rubinstein's First Cello Concerto; and the Echo Classics Prize in 1998 for his Harmonia Mundi recording of Brahms sonatas with pianist Markus Groh. Other CDs include: Spanish Encores for EMI; the Dvorák Concerto and Brahms Double Concerto with the BBC Philharmonic under Neeme Järvi for BBC Music Magazine; the Barber Concerto, Frank Bridge's Orations and Michael Berkeley's Concerto with the Welsh BBC under Richard Hickox for Chandos; as well as a new CD of solo works for cello (Bach, Britten and Kodály) for Oehms Classics.

Last updated: February 28, 2007


Alban Gerhardt