Werner Ehrhardt

Cologne-born violinist and conductor Werner Ehrhardt is a constant guest on international stages. He received his education in historical performance practice with Prof. Franz-Josef Maier, Cologne, Sigiswald Kuijken, Brussels and in conducting with Prof. Bloemeke in Detmold.

Ongoing curiosity and a keen interest in the different approaches to music led him to further intensive studies with the teachers Kato Havas, Oxford and Prof. Renate Peter, Cologne.

From 1985 to 2005, Werner Ehrhardt conducted the world-renowned chamber orchestra Concerto Köln, with which he developed and shaped a characteristic style of interpretation of historical performance practice.

In 2004 he founded the orchestra l'arte del mondo and also turned to traditional orchestras as a freelance conductor. Since then he has appeared with great success with numerous international opera, symphony and chamber orchestras such as the Stuttgart State Opera Orchestra, Konzerthausorchester Berlin, Bern Symphony Orchestra, Hamburg Symphony Orchestra, Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra, Potsdam Chamber Academy, Orchestre de Chambre de Genève and Zurich Chamber Orchestra.

He has worked with soloists such as Edita Gruberová, Magdalena Kožená, Barbara Hendricks, Christine Schäfer, Nils Mönkemeyer, Andreas Scholl, Olli Mustonen, Christiane Oelze, Xavier de Maistre, Daniel Hope, Viktoria Mullova, Daniel Müller-Schott, Dorothee Oberlinger, RIAS Kammerchor and Tölzer Knabenchor. Through his open-mindedness for innovations, his artistic curiosity, his infectious enthusiasm and his musical cosmopolitanism in working with orchestras, Werner Ehrhardt fascinates his musicians, the audience and the press. The conductor stands for an independent, unmistakably historically informed interpretation of orchestral and vocal works. His interest goes far beyond the horizons of Western European music.

In the field of opera, oratorio and concert symphonic repertoire, more than 60 CD recordings have already been made under his direction, many of which have won international prizes. Among the recordings are several rediscoveries of forgotten composers (for example Joseph Martin Kraus, Pasquale Anfossi, Josef Mysliveček and Franz Xaver Sterkel), which were enthusiastically played back into the consciousness of the audience. In August 2018, Sony/dhm released his latest rediscovery: Symphonies by Anton Zimmermann which was highly acclaimed.

 
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