Dietrich Gerhardt Obituary, Former Berliner Philharmoniker Violist Dietrich Gerhardt has Died, Aged 94
- by Alex Danvers
Dietrich Gerhardt Obituary, Death – Dietrich Gerhardt, a violist who had been a member of the Berliner Philharmoniker in the past and who had recently passed away at the age of 94, was a member of the orchestra before he passed away. His passing has created a vacuum in the orchestra, which the individual musicians are doing their best to fill. Gerhardt was born in Berlin in 1928, and he received his musical education at the Musikhochschule Freiburg im Breisgau. Gerhardt was an accomplished musician. After that, he went on to play with the Südwestfunk, the Stuttgarter Kammerorchester, and the orchestra of Radio Bremen before eventually relocating to Berlin. During this time, he was also a member of the Radio Bremen orchestra.
Beginning in 1955 and continuing on until 1993, Gerhardt was a member of the Berliner Philharmoniker’s viola section for a considerable amount of time. His tenure there lasted until 1993. He was employed there for the better part of forty decades, during which time he rendered a substantial amount of service to the organization. The timing of his arrival in Berlin was fortuitous as it coincided perfectly with that of Herbert von Karajan, which signaled the beginning of one of the most acclaimed eras in the history of the orchestra. This era was marked by some of the greatest achievements that the orchestra has ever accomplished. It was also fortuitous that he arrived in Berlin at precisely the same time as Herbert von Karajan, as their arrivals perfectly coincided with one another. It was a happy coincidence that the time of Herbert von Karajan’s arrival in Berlin was precisely the same as the time of his own arrival in Berlin.
In addition to his accomplishments as a performer, Gerhardt was steadfastly dedicated to ensuring that the orchestra would continue to operate under democratic and independent governance. During his time with the orchestra, Gerhardt was known for his unwavering dedication to the ensemble. Twelve of those years were spent by him as a member of the Council of Five and as a member of the board of directors of the orchestra, both of which he served on for a combined total of four years between the years 1972 and 1976. During those years, he was a member of both organizations for a total of twelve years.
In addition to this, he was a professor at the Berlin University of the Arts from 1988 until 1995 and the founder of the Karajan Academy, which was established by the orchestra in 1972. He served in both of these capacities until 1995. These two roles were performed concurrently by different people.
Dietrich Gerhardt Obituary, Death – Dietrich Gerhardt, a violist who had been a member of the Berliner Philharmoniker in the past and who had recently passed away at the age of 94, was a member of the orchestra before he passed away. His passing has created a vacuum in the orchestra, which the individual musicians…