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 masterclasses at the University of Music and the Performing Arts in Munich.
For more than 30 years, he and Gerold Huber have set the standard for song interpretation and won numerous awards. Their recitals take them to concert halls in New York, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Philharmonie in Cologne and Berlin, the Musikverein and Konzerthaus in Vienna and Wigmore Hall in London. Christian Gerhaher is also a regular guest at the festivals in Edinburgh, Lucerne and Salzburg, as well as the Rheingau Music Festival and the BBC Proms.
A highly sought-after opera performer, Christian Gerhaher has received several prizes, including the Olivier Award and the Faust Theatre Prize. His repertoire 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 as Wozzeck in September 2015 at the Zurich Opera conducted by Fabio Luisi. Other highlights of recent seasons include Papageno under Riccardo Muti at the 2006 Salzburg Festival, the Prince of Homburg at the Theater an der Wien, Amfortas at the Bavarian State Opera, Mozart’s Figaro at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, under John Eliot Gardiner and Nikolaus Lenau in the world premiere of Heinz Holliger’s Lunea at the Zurich Opera.
During the 2020/21 season he made his role debut as Aribert Reimann’s Lear under Jukka-Pekka Saraste at the Bavarian State Opera and as Simon Boccanegra in Zurich under Fabio Luisi.
He works with conductors such as Simon Rattle, Herbert Blomstedt, Daniel Barenboim, Andris Nelsons, Kent Nagano, Daniel Harding, Bernard Haitink and Christian Thielemann and appears in concert with orchestras such as the London Symphony Orchestra, the Concertgebouw Orchestra and the Vienna and Berlin Philharmonics.
Christian Gerhaher and Gerold Huber’s rich discography will soon comprise a very important project for both artists: an 11-part edition of Schumann, with all the Lieder released on CD on 3 September 2021 and available digitally. Sony Classical and BR-KLASSIK’s co-production, made with the support of the International Song Centre in Heidelberg, comprises 299 songs, almost all of Schumann’s Lied output. Frage, the first part of the collection, was released in November 2018 and received a Gramophone Award. Christian Gerhaher was also named singer of the year at the OPUS Klassik Awards.
Christian Gerhaher is a Bavarian Kammersänger and an honorary professor at the University of Music and the Performing Arts in Munich, as well as the recipient of 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.