Bernhard Rath, born in 1986, received his first cello lessons at the age of five. Even before his graduation he was a junior student at the Academy of Music and Theatre in Hanover (Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hannover).
He graduated at the Academy of Music in Detmold, having studied with Marcio Carneiro and Alexander Gebert, and obtained a solo master’s degree at the Folkwang University of Arts in Essen after studies with Young-Chang Cho.
His education as a cellist was complemented with master classes with Arto Noras and Steven Isserlis. He received further musical inspiration from Reinhard Göbel, Andreas Reiner, Klaus Huber and Thomas Christian.
Bernhard’s musical work has won him many awards. He is a first prize winner of the German federal competition “Jugend Musiziert” and holds the Chamber Music Award of the State Orchestra Hanover. He was awarded scholarships by the OWL Foundation, the Yehudi Menuhin Foundation “Live Music Now”, the SWR Festivals in Schwetzingen and the German Scholarship for Outstanding Academic Achievements.
His concert activities have taken him to many European countries and he was involved in various radio productions at home and abroad. He is particularly interested in contemporary music. He is a founding member of the “Kommas Ensemble” based in Cologne, promoting the performance of young composers’ works.
Bernhard plays a cello built by Heinrich Moritz Hammig in 1883.
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