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Gerhardt, Alban (cello)
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Alban Gerhardt (cello)

Praised for the ‘warm songfulness of his playing’ (The Daily Telegraph) at the 2016 BBC Proms, Alban Gerhardt has long 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 and rarely heard repertoire from centuries past and present, truly sets him apart from his peers.

Alban Gerhardt is passionate about sharing his discoveries with audiences far beyond the traditional concert hall: outreach projects undertaken in Europe and the United States have involved performances and workshops, not only in schools and hospitals, but also with 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, Alban Gerhardt’s international career was launched by his debut with the Berliner Philharmoniker and Semyon Bychkov in 1991. Notable orchestra collaborations since then have included the Royal Concertgebouw, London Philharmonic, NHK Symphony, the Cleveland, Philadelphia and Chicago Symphony orchestras and Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, under conductors 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. He is also a keen chamber musician; his regular performance partners include Steven Osborne, Baiba Skride and Brett Dean.

Gerhardt has collaborated with composers including Thomas Larcher, Brett Dean, Jörg Widmann, and Matthias Pintscher. In 2014 he made his third visit to the 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 Orchestra and was the subject of a focused project at London’s Wigmore Hall.

Alban Gerhardt has made many recordings for Hyperion, including several in the ‘Romantic Cello Concerto’ series. He plays a Matteo Gofriller cello dating from 1710.


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