GÜNTHER HERBIG, Conductor Laureate

Conductor Laureate

Günther Herbig


The orchestra under Herbig played magnificently...in the Schumann Fourth Symphony, Herbig received beautifully disciplined playing for an interpretation that was as warm as it was intelligent... -The Sun
If you thought the days of the great conductors were all in the past, then think again. Günther Herbig's presentation of the Pathétique Symphony of Tchaikovsky last night was one of nobility, emotion and power, the sort I remember from Barbirolli and Jansons. - Manchester Evening News

Günther Herbig divides his activities today between Europe, North America and the Far East in a career that has been equally distinguished on all three continents.

Herbig’s musical training took place in Central Europe where he studied with Hermann Abendroth, Herbert von Karajan and Hermann Scherchen. In 1972 he was named General Music Director of the Dresden Philharmonic and of the Konzerthaus Orchester Berlin from 1977 to 1983.

In Western Europe Herbig became Principal Guest Conductor of the BBC Philharmonic in 1979 and was soon invited to conduct such major ensembles as the Philharmonia Orchestra London, London Symphony, Royal Philharmonic London, Orchestre de Paris, and Israel Philharmonic. In 1984 Herbig moved to the United States and served for ten years as Music Director of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and later the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. He has since conducted the orchestras of New York, Chicago, Boston, Philadelphia, Cleveland, San Francisco and Los Angeles among numerous others.

Herbig has recorded more than 120 works, including cycles of Haydn and Brahms symphonies. His releases include Beethoven’s Symphonies Nos. 3 and 5, Schubert’s Nos. 8 and 9, Brahms’s No. 1, Mahler’s No. 5 and Strauss’s Ein Heldenleben with the BBC Philharmonic and the Royal Philharmonic London. As Chief Conductor of the Deutsche Radio Philharmonie, he recorded between 2001 and 2006 several symphonies of Bruckner and Shostakovich.

He has been Conductor Laureate of the Taiwan Philharmonic since 2010.