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
Lydia Quine +44 (0)20 3725 9188

Biography

Alban Gerhardt has made a unique impact on audiences worldwide with his intense musicality, compelling stage presence and insatiable artistic curiosity.

Highlights of the 2017/18 season include concerts with NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester and the premiere of a new concerto by Brett Dean for the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and Berliner Philharmoniker.  He will also give recitals at Berlin’s Konzerthaus and London’s Wigmore Hall, and perform at the Dresden, Rheingau, and Bratislava music festivals. Gerhardt is a keen chamber musician and performs on a quintet tour in Luxembourg, Zurich and Amsterdam. A highly acclaimed recording artist, he has won three ECHO Klassik Awards.

Alban Gerhardt has made a unique impact on audiences worldwide with his intense musicality, compelling stage presence and insatiable artistic curiosity.

Highlights of the 2017/18 season include concerts with NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester and the premiere of a new concerto by Brett Dean for the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and Berliner Philharmoniker.  He will also give recitals at Berlin’s Konzerthaus and London’s Wigmore Hall, and perform at the Dresden, Rheingau, and Bratislava music festivals. Gerhardt is a keen chamber musician and performs on a quintet tour in Luxembourg, Zurich and Amsterdam. A highly acclaimed recording artist, he has won three ECHO Klassik Awards.

Passionate about outreach projects Gerhardt has given performances and workshops, not only in schools and hospitals, but also pioneering sessions in public spaces and young offender institutions.

Alban Gerhardt plays a Matteo Gofriller cello dating from 1710.

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Lydia Connolly +44 (0)20 3725 9118
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Lydia Quine +44 (0)20 3725 9188

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)