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CellisteAfter having won several international competitions including the Leonard Rose in 1993 and the ARD Competition Munich in 1990, Alban Gerhardt has established himself as one of the world's leading cellists.
Since his debut with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Alban Gerhardt's career has flourished. He has performed as soloist with many of the world's leading orchestras including the NDR Hamburg and Frankfurt Radio Orchestras, Bamberg Symphony, Leipzig Gewandhaus, London Philharmonic Orchestra, London Sinfonietta, Orchestre National de Belgique, Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg, St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Shinsei Symphony Orchestra Tokyo and Nagoya Philharmonic Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra, Houston, Colorado and Chicago Symphony Orchestras. His collaborators have been conductors such as Christoph Eschenbach, Semyon Bychkov, Sir Colin Davis, Jesus Lopez-Cobos, Paavo Järvi, Fabio Luisi, Kurt Masur and Jeffrey Tate.
This season, Alban Gerhardt's international orchestral appearances include his debut at the London "Proms" with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and Alexander Lazarew, concerts with the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande (performing the Walton Concerto), Radio Orchestra Leipzig (MDR), Vienna Tonkuenstler Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic in Manchester, BBC Scottish Symphony, Spanish National Orchestra in Madrid under the direction of Walter Weller, and the Hong Kong Philharmonic. Alban Gerhardt's United States orchestral appearances will be with the St. Louis Chamberorchestra, San Diego Chamberorchestra, Madison Symphony, Greensboro Symphony, Shreveport Symphony, and Puerto Rico Symphony. Highlights of next season will be an orchestral three-week tour through the United States, his debut with the Dresden Philharmonic and Marek Janowski, a tour with the Jeuness World World Orchestra and the Bamberg Symphony through Germany, a recital with Cecile Licad at the Frick Collection in New York, concerts with orchestras in Tennessee, Colorado, Brussels, Hannover, and a recital tour with Markus Groh in Europe, starting at the Chatelet in Paris.
In 1993 he made his highly acclaimed New York recital debut at Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall. Since then, as a recitalist and chamber musician, Alban Gerhardt has been represented at such distinguished venues as London's Wigmore Hall, Musee d'Orsay and Theatre de la Ville in Paris, Berliner and Cologne Philharmonie, Musikverein Vienna and Suntory Hall in Tokyo. His tours in the United States have brought him to the Ravinia Festival in Chicago, Washington DC's Kennedy Center and Phillips Collection, Boston's Gardiner Museum, Pittsburgh's Carnegie Hall and New York's Tisch Center for the Arts. This season he gives recitals at the Seoul Arts Center, two at London's Wigmore Hall, at the Chatelet in Paris, and in Jacksonville, Florida.
Mr. Gerhardt is a frequent guest at major international music festivals. He has participated at the Schleswig-Holstein Festival, Berliner Festwochen, Colmar Festival in France, Switzerland's Davos Festival, Finland's Kuhmo Festival as well as festivals in Ireland, Sweden and the United States where he has performed chamber music at the Spoleto Festival (Charleston), Newport and Vancouver music festivals with such artists as Jean-Philippe Collard, Christoph Eschenbach, Cecile Licad, Anne-Marie McDermott, Peter Serkin, Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, Kyoko Takezawa, Chee-Yun, Frank Peter Zimmerman, Paul Neubauer, the Vogler-, St. Lawrence and Borromeo quatets. This season he participates among others in the Bath Festival in England, as well as the Prague Autumn Festival with the Slovakian Philharmonic with James Judd performing the Dvorak Cello Concerto.
Mr. Gerhardt has been featured numerous times by television and radio stations in Europe and the United States. He is part of the "Young Generation Scheme" of the BBC. Last season, he recorded three Brahms Sonatas for Harmonia Mundi in Paris for which he won the prestigious "ECHO Classics Price". His recording of Spanish Encores for EMI has been recently released. Born in Berlin in 1969 into a musical family, Alban Gerhardt played piano and cello at a young age excelling in both instruments. He studied at the Cologne Musikhochschule with Boris Pergamenchikov and Frans Helmerson. He now resides in New York City with his wife Katalina and son János Antonio. Further information about Mr. Gerhardt can be obtained from his web-site at www.albangerhardt.com.
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