As a student, Christian Gerhaher devoted part of his time to philosophy and medicine, but ultimately chose to pursue a career in music. The German baritone studied with Paul Kuën and Raimund Grumbach, and participated in masterclasses with Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau and Elisabeth Schwarzkopf. He himself now teaches at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Munich.
Gerhaher’s lied interpretations with pianist Gerold Huber, with whom he has worked for over twenty-five years, are widely regarded as being of definitive importance. Their CD recordings have been awarded numerous prizes, including a Gramophone Award for Nachtviolen in 2015. Gerhaher’s 2014 recording of Mahler’s orchestral songs with the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal conducted by Kent Nagano has also garnered high praise. Partly as a result of his great versatility as a soloist,
Gerhaher is in high demand with leading orchestras and opera companies, and he maintains a special relationship with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra. His repertoire ranges from the title role of Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo to that of Henze’s Der Prinz von Homburg, and his Wolfram in Wagner’s Tannhäuser is a recurring favourite at the opera houses of Berlin, Madrid, Vienna, London and Munich.
Gerhaher made previous solo appearances with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in 2004, 2005 and 2008, most recently performing Schumann’s Szenen aus Goethes Faust under the direction of Nikolaus Harnoncourt.