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CHRISTIAN GERHAHER
baritone
GEROLD HUBER, piano

Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at 7:30 pm
Theatre of the Arts at the University of DC

Christian Gerhaher and Gerold Huber are now regarded as one of the most outstanding song duos worldwide. Even while in school, they began to make music together. Today they are a solid chamber music duo and focus on the joint development of the song repertoire, whether it be music of the classical or romantic periods or contemporary music. Their long and close collaboration enables them to achieve such a high level of interaction, and a penetrating interpretation of the sound and musical meaning of the music. Their recordings on CD as well as their recitals continually inspire audiences and critics. Reviews have emphasized the equality of both partners and their organic ensemble together, and are indicative of the long-standing and intense musical dialogue between them.

While completing his medical studies Christian Gerhaher took private singing lessons with Raimund Grumbach and Paul Kuen and attended master-classes given by Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau and Elisabeth Schwarzkopf. For many years now, together with his piano accompanist Gerold Huber, Christian Gerhaher's exemplary lied interpretations have set standards and their recordings have received many awards, such as the Gramophone Award, the BBC Music Award and the Royal Philharmonic Society Music Award. In the field of opera he received the prestigious Laurence Olivier Award. A DVD by Accentus makes his recent, highly celebrated debut as Wozzeck at the Zurich Opera available to a wider audience. In April 2016 he returned to Royal Opera House in his key role Wolfram in Tannhäuser. Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Berlin Philharmonic, Gesellscha der Musikfreunde in Vienna and in this season the Wigmore Hall have chosen the baritone as their artist in residence. Christian Gerhaher is an exclusive artist of Sony Classical. The latest recordings are Mozart Arias (Sony) and Folkslieder (BRmedia) with songs by Beethoven, Britten and Haydn.

Gerold Huber is one of the most sought-after accompanists of the present day. He has collaborated with such renowned vocalists as Mojca Erdmann, Rolando Villazón and Christian Gerhaher. Huber has been honored for his work with numerous awards including the Gramophone Award in 2006 for his project "Evening Pictures" with Christian Gerhaher, and in 2004 and 2002 with the Echo Klassik for recordings of Schubert songs, again with Gerhaher.

Christian Gerhaher and Gerold Huber have worked together as a song duo for several years. Both artists have made numerous excellent recordings of the songs of great composers such as Franz Schubert and Gustav Mahler. The role of collaborative pianist requires perfect technical skills on the piano, exceptional listening skills and extraordinary sensitivity to the musicians with whom he collaborates. The pianist can function in the musical interplay as the opponent or counterpart or even as companion. Gerold Huber is endowed with all of these qualities. In his recordings with Christian Gerhaher, the chemistry between the two musicians seems absolutely true and unerring.

Gerold Huber is not only sought after as an accompanist, he is in demand at many colleges and universities. Since 2013 he has worked as a professor of accompaniment at the Academy of Music in Würzburg.

Program to include Mahler's "Sieben Lieder aus letzer Zeit" and "Der Einsame im Herbst" and "Der Abschied" from "Das Lied von der Erde."

"The Park Avenue Armory recital by Christian Gerhaher and Gerold Huber on November 15 [2015] proved a wonderful event. [Gerhaher] never took breath support off, even in high pianissimo or tender passages...his low notes emerged impressively rounded, like fine marbles. The partnership with Huber is seamless; the pianist balances sensibility, technique, and a winning elasticity of tone."

David Shengold, Opera News






Photo of Christian Gerhaher by Felix Broede.
Photo of Gerold Huber by Dario Acosta.

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