During his studies with Paul Kuën and Raimund Grumbach, German baritone Christian Gerhaher attended the Opera School at the University of Music and the Performing Arts in Munich and, together with his regular piano partner, Gerold Huber, studied Lied interpretation with Friedemann Berger. While completing his medical studies, Christian Gerhaher perfected his vocal training in masterclasses given by Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf and Inge Borkh. Christian Gerhaher currently teaches select masterclasses at the University of Music and the Performing Arts in Munich.
Christian Gerhaher has been dedicated to Lied singing for 30 years and his exemplary Lied interpretations with Gerold Huber have set new standards – their recordings repeatedly win prizes. They appear regularly at major international centres of song, including concert halls in New York, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and the Philharmonie in Cologne and in Berlin. Christian Gerhaher enjoys a particularly close association with the Konzerthaus and the Musikverein in Vienna, as well with Wigmore Hall. He is a regular guest at festivals such as the Rheingau Music Festival, the BBC Proms as well as the Festivals in Edinburgh, Lucerne and Salzburg.
In the 2018/19 season, Christian Gerhaher performed orchestral songs by Hugo Wolf with the Berlin Philharmonic under Iván Fischer. This was followed by tours with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and with the Orchestre de Paris under Daniel Harding, with whom he performed Britten’s War Requiem. Together with Gerold Huber, he devoted this season primarily to Robert Schumann’s Lieder, as evidenced by the album Frage, released in autumn 2018 as part of Christian Gerhaher’s project for a complete recording of all of Robert Schumann’s Lieder. In addition, Schubert’s Schwanengesang, Lieder by Wolf, Schubert and Berg as well as the world premiere of Wolfgang Rihm’s Tasso-Gedanken in Weimar were on the programme at the start of the season.
Christian Gerhaher is also a highly sought-after opera performer and has received several prizes, including the Olivier Award and the Faust Theatre Prize. His broad repertoire also includes roles such as Don Giovanni, Orfeo, Wolfram, Eisenstein, Pelléas, Posa and Olivier (Capriccio). A milestone in Christian Gerhaher’s operatic career was his debut in the title role in Wozzeck in September 2015 at the Zurich Opera conducted by Fabio Luisi. Among the highlights of past seasons were his role interpretations of Papageno under Riccardo Muti at the Salzburg Festival (2006), the Prince of Homburg at the Theater an der Wien, Amfortas at the Bavarian State Opera as well as Nikolaus Lenau in the world premiere of Heinz Holliger’s Lunea at the Zurich Opera House.
Productions of the 2018/19 season included Robert Schumann’s Szenen aus Goethes Faust at the Hamburg State Opera (Achim Freyer and Kent Nagano), Mendelssohn’s Elijah at the Theater an der Wien (Calixto Bieito and Jukka-Pekka Saraste) and the resumption of the David McVicar production of Le nozze di Figaro at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden under John Eliot Gardiner, for the first time in the role of Figaro.
Christian Gerhaher collaborates with conductors such as Simon Rattle, Herbert Blomstedt, Daniel Barenboim, Andris Nelsons, Kent Nagano, Mariss Jansons, Daniel Harding, Bernard Haitink and Christian Thielemann, taking him to the world’s most important concert halls. He regularly works with orchestras such as the London Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Vienna Philharmonic and the Berlin Philharmonic, where he was the first singer artist in residence, during the 2013/14 season.
Christian Gerhaher’s rich discography includes cycles by Schubert, Schumann and Mahler – a new recording of Schubert’s Die schöne Müllerin was released in autumn 2017 – numerous recordings with orchestra, including works by Bach, Haydn, Mozart, Mendelssohn, Brahms, Humperdinck, Mahler and Britten.
Christian Gerhaher is a Bavarian Kammersänger and an honorary professor at the University of Music and the Performing Arts in Munich, as well as holding the Bavarian Maximilian Order for Science and Art and the Bavarian State Prize for Music. In 2016 he was awarded the music prize of the Heidelberg Spring Festival for his outstanding commitment to the performance of classical music.