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’s exemplary Lied interpretations with Gerold Huber have set new standards and their recordings repeatedly win prizes, including the Gramophone Award in the solo vocal category in 2015 for Nachtviolen. 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, the Edinburgh Festival, the Lucerne Festival and the Salzburg Festival.
The 2016/17 season featured performances of Brahms’s Die schöne Magelone in Heidelberg, London, Munich and Denmark, with Ulrich Tukur as the narrator. Further performances, in Bamberg, Frankfurt and Vienna, will follow in 2018. A recording was released in spring 2017 with Martin Walser as the narrator.
Christian Gerhaher is also a highly sought-after opera performer and has received several prizes, including the Olivier Award and the Faust Theatre Prize. He sang Papageno in Die Zauberflöte under Riccardo Muti at the 2006 Salzburg Festival, which was released on DVD by Decca. Christian Gerhaher also sang the title role in Henze’s Der Prinz von Homburg at the Theater an der Wien and 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. He recently sang Wolfram in Romeo Castellucci’s new production of Tannhäuser under Kirill Petrenko at the Bavarian State Opera and during the 2017/18 season he will appear in two new productions in Munich, as Count Almaviva (Le nozze di Figaro) and as Amfortas (Parsifal). He will also appear as Nikolaus Lenau in the world premiere of Heinz Holliger’s Lunea at the Zurich Opera.
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. He recorded his first album of arias with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, winning the International Opera Award in 2013. His second operatic recital disc has since been released, featuring Mozart arias and recorded with the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra.
During the 2017/18 season Christian Gerhaher will be artist in residence with the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra and will appear in the world premiere of Jörg Widmann’s Das heiße Herz. Simon Rattle has also invited him to sing in Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde with the London Symphony Orchestra, appearing in London, Luxembourg and New York, as well as performing with the Berlin Philharmonic in Schumann’s Paradies und die Peri.
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.