During his studies under Paul Kuen and Raimund Grumbach, German baritone Christian Gerhaher attended the Opera School of the Academy of Music in Munich and, together with his regular piano partner Gerold Huber, studied lied interpretation with Friedemann Berger. While completing his medical studies Christian Gerhaher perfected his vocal training in master-classes given by Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf and Inge Borkh. At present Christian Gerhaher himself teaches in select master-classes and is an honorary professor at the University of Music and Performing Arts Munich and holds the Bavarian Maximilian Order for Science and Art.
Christian Gerhaher’s exemplary lied interpretations with Gerold Huber set standards – their recordings have repeatedly won prizes. The lied album Nachtviolen received the Gramophone Classical Music Award 2015 in the solo vocal category. The lied duo can be heard on the stages of major international recital centres, for instance in the concert halls of New York, the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, the Cologne and Berlin Philharmonie. He is a particularly frequent guest in the Konzerthaus and the Musikverein in Vienna as well as in the Wigmore Hall in London – in recent years in both halls he was artist in residence. Christian Gerhaher is a regular guest at festivals such as the Rheingau Music Festival, the London Proms, the Edinburgh and Lucerne Festivals as well as the Salzburg Festival. The season 2016/2017 was crowned by four performances of Die schöne Magelone by Brahms in Denmark, Heidelberg, London and Munich, in which Ulrich Tukur took the part of the narrator. A related CD was published in spring 2017. On this Martin Walser is the narrator of the texts based on Ludwig Tieck which he carefully adapted to create an ironic version especially for Christian Gerhaher and Gerold Huber. In spring 2018 Christian Gerhaher, Gerold Huber and Ulrich Tukur will give further performances of Brahm’s Die schöne Magelone in Bamberg, Frankfurt and Vienna. This season, Gerold Huber and Christian Gerhaher continue to focus on the performance and recording of all Robert Schumann's songs.