His conducting career began in 1993 at the Staatsoper Hannover. In 1998, he became principal conductor of the Staatstheater Braunschweig, and from 2003 to 2006 he was general music director at the Theater Magdeburg. Since this time, he has collaborated with numerous well known orchestras both in Germany and in other countries.
In the field of opera, Gerd Schaller has celebrated considerable successes in the German and Italian repertoire and has an excellent name especially in connection with the works of Richard Wagner, Richard Strauss and Giuseppe Verdi. In addition to the well-known repertoire, he actively furthers the music of lesser known composers as well, and has for example conducted several performances of Alban Berg’s Wozzeck at the National Theatre in Warsaw, Jules Massenet’s Herodiade, Erich Wolfgang Korngold’s Die tote Stadt or Francesco Cilea’s Adriana Lecouvreur.
With his distinct thirst for knowledge and his penchant for new and unknown music, the conductor also enthusiastically pursues the rediscovery of forgotten operas and rarities of the concert repertoire, which in the meantime form an important part of his extensive couvre. For example, his performance of Carl Goldmark’s opera The Queen of Sheba as well as the first recording of Johann Simon Mayr’s Fedra in co-operation with North German Radio have been highly praised. Schaller’s interpretation of Carl Goldmark’s romantic opera Merlin, alsorecorded for the first time and released in co-operation with Bavarian Radio and the Profil Hanssler label, was highly praised by both the public and the musical press. This world’s first recording was accorded the well known ECHO Classic Prize 2010 in the category Opera recording of the year (19th century).
In the course of his career, Schaller has also compiled a very diverse repertoire , encompassing music from the Baroque up to the present day. Particularly his knowledgeable interpretations of late Romantic music, as well as the music of the 20th century moderns, have received excellent reviews. He is particularly devoted to the pursuit of his interest in performing contemporary music.
His many recordings for broadcasting studios and CD span a wide range of styles, with particular focus on the works of the Vienna Classics and the Romantics, especially the symphonies of Anton Bruckner.
Schaller is a welcome guest conductor, collaborating with many well known orchestras, including the Hannover State Orchestra, the Radio Philharmonic Orchestra Hannover of the North German Radio, the Munich Radio Orchestra, the Radio Symphony Orchestra Budapest, the George Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra Bucharest, the Symphony Orchestra of the Prague National Theatre, the National Opera Orchestra Warsaw, the Meininger Hofkapelle, the Dresden Kapellsolisten Chamber Orchestra, the Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra Leipzig, the Munich Bach Soloists, the Magdeburg Philharmonic Orchestra, the Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra Bamberg, the Braunschweig State Orchestra, the Lower Saxony Chamber Orchestra and others.
For several years, he also lectured on conducting at the Hochschule fur Musik und Theater in Hannover.
Gerd Schaller is the founder and musical director of the Ebracher Musiksommer Festival, which in co-operation with Bavarian Radio has been an established part of the Musikzauber Franken concerts for many years. <