• Gerd Schaller

Vita

Gerd Schaller took the classic path to becoming a conductor, starting as a rehearsal pianist and advancing to General Music Director:

1993 at the Staatsoper in Hanover, 1998 conductor of the opera orchestra in Braunschweig, from 2003 to 2006 GMD in Magdeburg. He has also worked as a guest conductor with numerous orchestras including the state orchestras of Braunschweig and Hanover, the NDR Radio Philharmonic of Hanover, the Munich Radio Orchestra and the Hofkapelle of Meiningen. On the international stage Gerd Schaller has conducted orchestras in many venues, including The Makropulos Affair, Wozzeck and Rigoletto at the Teatr Wielki in Warsaw, and with numerous renowned ensembles such as the Radio Symphony Orchestra of Prague, the Symphony Orchestra of the Prague National Theatre, the Radio Symphony Orchestra of Bucharest and the George Enescu Philharmonic of Bucharest.

Bruckner Expert

Bruckner Expert

Gerd Schaller is widely acknowledged as a Bruckner expert. Together with “his” orchestra, the Philharmonie Festiva, he has recorded all of Anton Bruckner’s eleven symphonies for the world-renowned label Profil Edition Günter Hänssler in cooperation with Bavarian Radio’s Studio Franken.

„What you notice about his Bruckner is the transparent sound, the clarity of the polyphony. He brings out voice lines that one did not even suspect before.“ (FonoForum).

Bruckner completed

Bruckner completed

Turning Bruckner’s Ninth Symphony into a complete work was a key musical project for Gerd Schaller:
„Bruckner’s bold sketches and score drafts reveal the magnificent finale he planned for his Ninth Symphony. This premiere is the climax of my Bruckner cycle.“ (Gerd Schaller).

After many years spent studying the original sources, he created his own version of the final movement which he has first performed and recorded. The CD was released by Profil Edition Günter Hänssler. The score and the orchestral material are available by Ries & Erler, Berlin.


Discoverer

Discoverer

Discovering special musical rarities is a passion of Gerd Schaller. He received international recognition for his “excavation” of Johann Ritter von Herbeck’s Grosse Messe.
„The Great Mass by Johann von Herbeck is Romantic to the core.“ (Concerti).

CD

CD

„Schaller’s steady concentration hypnotises the listener in a positive way and one is carried away by wave after wave of brilliant sound.“
(Bruckner Journal London).
„Once heard, not easily forgotten; and Schaller’s well-played performance is extremely convincing.“ (Gramophone, 10/2013).

Merlin by Carl Goldmark

Merlin by Carl Goldmark

Gerd Schaller, together with the Philharmonie Festiva, the Philharmonic Choir and a team of renowned soloists, has discovered the unknown opera Merlin by Carl Goldmark. The 3 CD set was awarded with the ECHO Klassik music prize in the category „Opera Recording of the Year (19th century).
“A fabulous spectacle of sound. On this recording, Schaller lives up to his name as a master conductor and discoverer of repertoire.“

Radio and Television

Radio and Television

Numerous productions with Bavarian Radio – Studio Franken. Franz von Suppé’s Requiem, yet another musical discovery, gained fame thanks to various TV broadcasts and was acclaimed by critics and audiences alike.
„Excellent recording of the Suppé Requiem: a world of dramatic and emotional moments.“ (Bavarian Radio).

Philharmonie Festiva

Philharmonie Festiva

In 2008 Gerd Schaller founded the Philharmonie Festiva as the resident orchestra of the Ebrach Summer Music Festival. With this orchestra he has recorded works by Beethoven, Schubert, Brahms, Goldmark and a complete Bruckner cycle. Therefore he recieved numerous international reviews: „In this recording of the 5th Symphony Gerd Schaller and the Philharmonie Festiva have finally arrived in the top ranks of today’s best Bruckner interpreters.“ - "Well differentiated, intense performance of Bruckner`s Third Symphony in the Schalk-version from 1890." (Pizzicato).

www.philharmonie-festiva.com

Music Festival

Music Festival

Gerd Schaller founded the “Ebracher Musiksommer” in 1990: a summer festival held in the former Cistercian abbey at Ebrach in Upper Franconia – at the heart of Europe. For 28 years he has been musical director of the music festival staged in the splendid venues of the Kaisersaal and the abbey church performing a repertoire focussed mainly on the Classical and Romantic repertoire.
„An idyll in Franconia – a triad of architecture, nature and the arts.“ (Das Orchester).

www.ebracher-musiksommer.de
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