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.

Besides his principle activity giving concerts and recitals, Christian Gerhaher is also a highly sought-after performer on the opera stage and has received several prizes such as the Laurence Olivier Award and the theatre prize Der Faust. Under Riccardo Muti he sang Papageno in a production of The Magic Flute at the Salzburg Festival in 2006 (issued by Decca as a DVD). In 2009 Gerhaher gave guest performances in the title role in Henze’s Prinz von Homburg at the Theater an der Wien. Roles such as Mozart’s Don Giovanni in Frankfurt – where he has already sung Orfeo, Wolfram, Eisenstein and Pelléas – Posa in Don Carlo in Toulouse, or as Olivier in concert performances of Capriccio at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden testify to Gerhaher’s broad repertoire. The key role Wolfram in Richard Wagner’s Tannhäuser was and remains a constant role in his calendar in the opera houses in Berlin, Vienna, London and Munich - most recently in June 2017 in Romeo Castellucci's Munich production. A milestone in Christian Gerhaher’s opera career was his debut in the title role of Alban Berg’s Wozzeck in September 2015 at Zurich Opera House in the exceptional staging by Andreas Homoki and conducted by Fabio Luisi (available as a DVD on the Accentus label). During the 2017/18 season Christian Gerhaher can be heard in two new productions at the Bavarian State Opera: in the autumn he sings Count Almaviva in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro in the staging by Christof Loy. In June 2018 the Munich Opera Festival opens with Wagner’s Parsifal in which Christian Gerhaher makes his role debut as Amfortas. In March 2018 he sings again at Zurich Opera House where he takes over the role of Nikolaus Lenau in the world premiere of Heinz Holliger’s Lunea.

Christian Gerhaher has performed and performs together with conductors such as Simon Rattle, Daniel Harding, Herbert Blomstedt, Bernard Haitink, Christian Thielemann, Kirill Petrenko, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Pierre Boulez, Daniel Barenboim, Andris Nelsons, Kent Nagano und Mariss Jansons in the world’s major concert halls. Major orchestras which regularly invite Christian Gerhaher to perform include the London Symphony Orchestra, the Concertgebouw Orchestra, as well as the Vienna Philharmonic and the Berlin Philharmonic, where in the season 2013/14 he was the first ever singer to be artist in residence, as well as the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra (residency 2012/13). Together with this outstanding ensemble, conducted by Daniel Harding, Christian Gerhaher recorded his first album of arias devoted to opera in the German Romantic era and for which he received the International Opera Award 2013. In the meantime his second opera recital has been issued on CD: Mozart Arias accompanied by the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra. During the 2017/18 season he is artist in residence with the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra in concert performances of Don Giovanni, with Alban Berg’s Altenberg-Liedern and Schubert arias, as well as in the world premiere of the orchestral version of Jörg Widmann’s song cycle Das heiße Herz. Under Simon Rattle Christian Gerhaher sings the baritone part in Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde with the London Symphony Orchestra in concerts in London, Luxembourg and New York and in Schumann’s Paradies und die Peri with the Berlin Philharmonic.

Christian Gerhaher’s CDs are issued by Sony Music, with which he has an exclusive partnership. Accompanied by Gerold Huber, Schumann cycles, all the Schubert cycles, as well as many other lied recordings have been issued. Furthermore, Christian Gerhaher can be heard on CDs with orchestras such as the Berlin Philharmonic, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Concentus Musicus Wien in works by Bach, Haydn, Mendelssohn, Humperdinck, Orff and Mahler. Of primary importance to Christian Gerhaher is the music of Robert Schumann – both Das Paradies und die Peri and in particular his interpretation of Scenes from Goethe’s Faust were recorded live and are available on CDs issued by Sony, RCO live, and also on the BR Klassik Label.

Christian Gerhaher and his wife live with their three children in Munich.