Artists biographies
Werner Ehrhardt

As orchestra leader, the Cologne-born violinist and conductor Werner Ehrhardt is a constant guest on stages around the world. He received training in historic performance practice from Franz-Josef Maier in Cologne and Sigiswald Kuijken in Brussels, as well as in conducting from Karl-Heinz Bloemeke in Detmold.

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

Between 1985 and 2005 Werner Ehrhardt led the world-renowned chamber orchestra Concerto Köln, with whom he shaped and developed his characteristic interpretation style of historic performance practice.

In 2004 he formed the orchestra l’arte del mondo and also turned to conducting traditional orchestras on a freelance basis. Since then he has given highly successful guest performances with numerous international opera, symphony and chamber orchestras, such as the Staatsorchester Stuttgart, the Konzerthausorchester Berlin, the Symphoniker Hamburg, Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra, the German Chamber Academy Neuss, the Geneva Chamber Orchestra and the Capriccio Basel.

He has worked with soloists such as Edita Gruberová, Magdalena Kožená, Barbara Hendricks, Christine Schäfer, Andreas Scholl, Olli Mustonen, Christiane Oelze, Xavier de Maistre, Daniel Hope, Viktoria Mullova, Daniel Müller-Schott, the RIAS Kammerchor and the Tölz Boys Choir. As a conductor he stands for an original, unmistakeble historically informed interpretation of orchestral and vocal works. His interests always go beyond the horizons of western European music.

There have been more than 50 CD recordings in the fields of the opera, oratorio and symphony repertoires under his leadership; these have won numerous international awards. Among the recordings can be found a number of rediscoveries of forgotten composers, (such as Joseph Martin Kraus, Pasquale Anfossi, Josef Myslivecek und Franz Xaver Sterkel) who have been returned to the consciousness of listerners with great enthusiasm.