Although Christoph Gerbeth began playing the oboe at the age of 12, his parallel interests in the field of mechanics caused him to delay his musical studies for a good number of years. The young artist, born 1966 in Berlin, had initially nurtured the dream of becoming an engineer and mechanic and therefore viewed the oboe as little more than a hobby. Yet after successfully completing his training as a machine fitter in Berlin, Christoph Gerbeth redirected his attention to his first love – the oboe – and applied for admission to the renowned Hochschule für Musik Carl-Maria-von-Weber in Dresden in 1985. The rest, one might say, is history: In the years following, Christoph’s exceptional talent led him from one musical success to another. In 1989 he completed his state exams as an orchestral musician in Dresden with the highest rankings possible; that same year he was offered the position of solo oboist with the state orchestra Landesbühnen Sachsen. In the ensuing decades, Christoph Gerbeth expanded his musical activities to include the position of Orchestral Director (Landesbühnen Sachsen) as well as teaching positions at the Dresden Heinrich-Schütz-Konservatorium, the Zwickau Robert-Schumann-Konservatorium, the Dresden Hochschule für Musik and the Neue Bachgesellschaft Leipzig. In more recent years, his work with the Bachgesellschaft has taken him as far the Ukraine, where he has led master classes on the interpretation of Bach’s, Haydn ‘s and Strauss’ works. Always an active performer, Christoph Gerbeth participates regularly in various chamber music ensembles, and is a highly sought-after soloist for the interpretations of Johann Sebastian Bach’s compositions.
Christoph Gerbeth resides with his wife, Kerstin, and their two children in Radebeul near Dresden.