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Gunter Berger

Choir Director

Gunter Berger received his musical education in school music and orchestral conducting at the music academies of Weimar and Leipzig.

Since 1990 he has devoted himself mainly to choral music with both children and adults. As director of the MDR Kinderchor from 1990 to 2011, he led it to European recognition. He has also worked with, for example, the Gewandhauschor Leipzig, the Berliner Cappella and many other ensembles.

Since the 2012/13 season, Gunter Berger has led the Dresden Philharmonic Choirs as choir director. During this time, he significantly expanded the training program and repertoire for the young and adult choristers. In his diverse programs, he presents audiences not only with familiar works, but also with works that have been forgotten or new ones that enrich the concert schedule of the Dresden Philharmonic. Among the special highlights in recent years, apart from the opening concert of the new concert hall in the Kulturpalast and the performance of Mahler's 8th Symphony, were in particular the festive concert celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Philharmonic Choirs.

For him, the focus is always on the individuality of each choir personality. "In a choir, every voice is important. When we succeed in bringing to life this vocal individuality paired with the very own emotions, moments of the most intense musical experience are created. Sharing this experience with our audience and entering into a spiritual and emotional exchange with them is the goal of every concert for me."

concerts featuring Gunter Berger