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Gerhardt, Alban (cello)
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Alban Gerhardt (cello)

Having launched his career with the Berliner Philharmoniker and Semyon Bychkov in 1991, Alban Gerhardt has since gained recognition as one of the most versatile cellists, highly regarded for his performances, from solo Bach, through the Classical and Romantic canon, to collaborations with several contemporary composers.

For over thirty years he has 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 an appetite for investigating new repertoire from centuries past and present, truly sets him apart from his peers.

Gerhardt’s wide repertoire includes all the core concertos, and he is the go-to soloist for contemporary composers. He premiered Julian Anderson’s concerto with the Orchestre national de France, following successful performances of Brett Dean’s concerto, which he premiered with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and Berliner Philharmoniker.

Gerhardt has won several awards, and his recording of Unsuk Chin’s cello concerto, released by Deutsche Grammophon, won a BBC Music Magazine Award and was shortlisted for a Gramophone Award in 2015. Gerhardt has recorded extensively for Hyperion; his 2019 album of the complete Bach suites was one of The Sunday Times’s top 100 recordings of the year (all genres included). His album of Shostakovich cello concertos with the WDR Sinfonieorchester and Jukka-Pekka Saraste was awarded an ICMA in 2021.

A keen chamber musician, he performs regularly with pianist Steven Osborne. With violinist Gergana Gergova, choreographer Sommer Ulrickson and sculptor Alexander Polzin he collaborated on the project ‘Love in Fragments’, which premiered at New York’s 92nd Street Y.

Gerhardt is passionate about sharing his discoveries with audiences far beyond the traditional concert hall: outreach projects undertaken in Europe and the US have involved performances and workshops not only in schools and hospitals but also pioneering sessions in public spaces and young offender institutions. Alban Gerhardt plays a Matteo Goffriller cello dating from 1710.


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