Alban Gerhardt
Cello

“A magician of cantabile playing and a master of virtuosic panache” (Tagesspiegel)

Contacts

Lydia Connolly +44 (0)20 3725 9118
Tracy Lees +44 (0)20 3725 9119

Biography

Alban Gerhardt has, for twenty-five 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.

Forthcoming highlights include concerts with the Minnesota Orchestra, St Louis Symphony and Philharmonia Orchestra. Gerhardt will also perform in Hong Kong, Melbourne and Perth as well as give recitals in London, Montreal and Vancouver.

Alban Gerhardt has, for twenty-five 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.

Forthcoming highlights include concerts with the Minnesota Orchestra, St Louis Symphony and Philharmonia Orchestra. Gerhardt will also perform in Hong Kong, Melbourne and Perth as well as give recitals in London, Montreal and Vancouver.

Following early competition success, Gerhardt’s international career was launched by his debut with Berliner Philharmoniker and Semyon Bychkov in 1991. Notable orchestra collaborations since include Royal Concertgebouw, London Philharmonic, Philharmonia, NHK Symphony, The Cleveland, The Philadelphia and Chicago Symphony orchestras and Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich; under conductors such as Kurt Masur, Christoph von Dohnányi, Christian Thielemann, Christoph Eschenbach, Myung-Whun Chung, Michael Tilson-Thomas, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Vladimir Jurowski, Kirill Petrenko and Andris Nelsons.

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Reviews

[about the Rostropovich Encores recording] “Gerhardt is very much his own man, and in Rachmaninoff's Vocalise, Debussy's Clair de lune and Ravel's Pièce en forme de habanera he achieves a poetic grace and calm….[He] also discovers a piquant litheness and uncluttered ease in Stravinsky's Russian Maiden's Song.  Enhanced by lucid and expertly balanced engineering, his is a highly engaging recital.” (The Strad, March 2017)

“Dutilleux’s music needs forthright performance if it’s not to sound precious, a lesson cellist Alban Gerhardt has clearly learned. His performance of Dutilleux’s cello concerto Tout un Monde Lointain had a noble expansiveness free of the febrile fidgety quality that can sometimes creep into Dutilleux’s fluttering gestures.” (Daily Telegraph, May 2016)

“No praise is too high for Alban Gerhardt's musicianship, commitment and technique.” (International Record Review)

[about the Rostropovich Encores recording] “Gerhardt is very much his own man, and in Rachmaninoff's Vocalise, Debussy's Clair de lune and Ravel's Pièce en forme de habanera he achieves a poetic grace and calm….[He] also discovers a piquant litheness and uncluttered ease in Stravinsky's Russian Maiden's Song.  Enhanced by lucid and expertly balanced engineering, his is a highly engaging recital.” (The Strad, March 2017)

“Dutilleux’s music needs forthright performance if it’s not to sound precious, a lesson cellist Alban Gerhardt has clearly learned. His performance of Dutilleux’s cello concerto Tout un Monde Lointain had a noble expansiveness free of the febrile fidgety quality that can sometimes creep into Dutilleux’s fluttering gestures.” (Daily Telegraph, May 2016)

“No praise is too high for Alban Gerhardt's musicianship, commitment and technique.” (International Record Review)

“The calm authority and probing insight make him one of the finest cellists around - expressive, unshowy and infinitely classy.” (The Guardian)

“Gerhardt's playing is phenomenal, flipping between warmth and prickly brilliance.” (Theartsdesk.com, August 2014)

“Mr. Gerhardt’s cello playing is bold, technically resourceful and rhythmically incisive.” (The New York Times)

“[Gerhardt] is a remarkable musician and thinker, absolutely at home in the most strenuous modern scores.” (Washington Post)

“And once he started in on the Dvořák, mouths dropped...There was such force and feeling in that opening improvisatory flourish [Dvořák Cello Concerto].” (The Times)

“Cellist Alban Gerhardt has shown himself an intelligent artist with an enviable technique and a flair for contemporary music.” (Chicago Tribune)