Alban Gerhardt

Having launched his career with Berlin Philharmonic 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.

Alban Gerhardt has, for nearly 30 years, 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 repertoire from centuries past and present, truly set him apart from his peers.

Having recently premiered a new cello concerto by Brett Dean with Sydney Symphony and Berlin Philharmonic, Alban Gerhardt gave its first US performance with Minnesota Orchestra and Osmo Vänskä. He just premiered Julian Anderson’s cello concerto Litanies in Paris with Orchestre National de France in February, and returns to Hong Kong for its Asian première with Hong Kong Sinfonietta.  Other symphonic engagements in North America include concerts with New York Philharmonic and Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra as well as the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal.  In Europe he performs with Swedish Radio, London Philharmonic Orchestra and City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, and with Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra, Taiwan Philharmonic and Macao Orchestra in Asia.

Gerhardt has won several awards, and his recording of Unsuk Chin’s Cello Concerto, released by Deutsche Grammophon, won the BBC Music Magazine Award and was shortlisted for a Gramophone Award in 2015. Gerhardt has recorded extensively for Hyperion, his latest recording of complete Bach Suites was released in 2019.

Gerhardt is a keen chamber musician; his regular performance partners include Steven Osborne and Cecile Licad. Most recently he has collaborated on a new artistic project Love in Fragments with violinist Gergana Gergova, choreographer Sommer Ulrickson, and sculptor Alexander Polzin. A poetic union of music, movement, sculpture and the spoken word, the project successfully premiered last season at 92nd Street Y in New York and will be repeated in Lyon in Spring 2020.

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.

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. In early 2017, Gerhardt founded #Musicians4UnitedEurope, a group of international musicians working together to voice their support for a united and democratic Europe.

Alban Gerhardt plays a Matteo Gofriller cello dating from 1710.

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