Prof Gunter Berger

Choir Director

Gunter Berger © Markenfotografie

Gunter Berger © Markenfotografie

Gunter Berger, born in 1962 in Greifswald, received his musical training in the subject of school music at the Franz Liszt University of Music in Weimar and at the Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy University of Music and Theatre in Leipzig in the subject of orchestral conducting. Since 1990, he has been mainly dedicating himself to choir music, shepherding the MDR Children's Choir to European renown as its director from 1990 to 2011, for example. Over and beyond this, he has also worked with the Gewandhaus Choir in Leipzig and the Berliner Cappella, for example, as well as many other ensembles.

Gunter Berger passes on his experiences in workshops and choral conducting seminars, as well as music academies and universities, including a stint as professor for choral and ensemble conducting at the Liszt University of Music in Weimar from 2009 to 2012, to name just one. Since 2015, he has been teaching choral and orchestral conducting at the Carl Maria von Weber University of Music in Dresden. In addition to this, he is also a frequent guest at special choir projects such as, for example, the Song Exchange, a project run by the Rundfunkchor Berlin.

 

 

 

Starting from the 2012/13 season, Gunter Berger has been overseeing the Dresden Philharmonic Choirs as Choir Director. Over this period, he has significantly expanded the educational offer and repertoire for choir members young and old. Besides the better-known pieces, his programmes have also continued to present the public with forgotten or new works that enrich the Dresden Philharmonic's concert schedule. Besides the concert celebrating the opening of the new concert hall in the Kulturpalast, the particular high points of recent years also included a performance of Mahler's 9th symphony and especially the gala concert on the 50th anniversary of the Philharmonic Choirs.

His focus is always on the individuality of every single choir personality: "In a choir, every voice is important. If brought to life successfully, this combination of individual voices and very own emotions creates moments of the most intensive musical experience. To share this experience with our audience and enter into an intellectual and emotional exchange with it is the aim of every concert in my understanding."