The Berlin native served within the orchestra for the higher a part of 4 a long time
(Photograph credit score: Archives of the Berliner Philharmoniker)
Members of the Berliner Philharmoniker are mourning former violist Dietrich Gerhardt, who has handed away on the age of 94.
Born in Berlin in 1928, Gerhardt studied on the Musikhochschule Freiburg im Breisgau, and performed within the Südwestfunk, the Stuttgarter Kammerorchester, and the orchestra of Radio Bremen earlier than returning to his dwelling metropolis.
Gerhardt gave the higher a part of 4 a long time of service to the Berliner Philharmoniker, serving within the viola part between 1955 and 1993. The timing of his arrival in Berlin was fortuitous, because it coincided precisely with that of Herbert von Karajan — marking the start of one of many orchestra’s most celebrated eras.
Alongside his contributions as a participant, Gerhardt was passionate concerning the orchestra’s democratic independence. He spent a mixed complete of twelve years within the orchestra’s Council of 5, and was a member of the Board between 1972 and 1976.
He additionally served on the Berlin College of the Arts from 1988 to 1995 and as a founding father of the orchestra’s Karajan Academy, which started in 1972.
Our condolences to Gerhardt’s household, associates, and colleagues.