Prof Gunter Berger

Choir Director

Gunter Berger © Nikolaj Lund

Gunter Berger © Nikolaj Lund

Prof Gunter Berger, born in Greifswald, Germany in 1962 received his musical education at the Liszt School of Music Weimar (school music), at the »Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy« University of Music and Theatre in Leipzig (conducting of orchestras) and at the Master Classes of the  »Vienna Music Seminar« at the University for Music and Applied Arts. After completing his studies, he began his occupation as a music instructor and choirmaster in Leipzig.

Until 2012, he taught the subject Choir Conducting at the Liszt School of Music Weimar. From 1990 to 2011 he was the director of the MDR Children’s Choir in Leipzig, whose repertoire ranged from early music, classical, choir symphonies all the way through to contemporary music. Under the direction of Gunter Berger, the MDR Children’s Choir sang its way to the »golden level« and was lauded with superlatives like »excellent« obtaining first prize and a special award at the Verona International Choral Competition. The special award was »For the best rehearsal and interpretation of a contemporary work of music«,

in addition to which the choir turned out to be the most successful ensemble of the competition from more than 30 choirs from Europe and the United States.

Alongside the preparation of choral-symphonic works in collaboration with the MDR Orchestra and MDR Choir his on-going responsibilities included holding his own concerts and numerous television, radio and CD productions, as well as concert tours both in Germany and abroad. Additionally to this, Gunter Berger has conducted a variety of adult choirs like Gewandhauschor (chorus) Leipzig and the Berlin Cappella.

Besides the on-going demands of his occupation, Gunter Berger acts as a guest to special choir projects every so often. In 2012 he headed the »Liederbörse«, a project of the Berlin Radio Choir with children and youth choirs from Berlin, for the third time. In 2006 he worked together with the EuroChoir.