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 Hannover (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 masterclasses with Arto Noras and Steven Isserlis. He received further musical inspiration from Kristin von der Goltz, 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, Art Foundation NRW, and the German Scholarship for Outstanding Academic Achievements.
His concert activities have taken him to many European countries to perform in many prestigious venues and festivals throughout Europe, both as a soloist and a chamber music cellist; Among them Mixtur Festival (Barcelona, ES), Time of Music festival (Viitasaari, FI), Gaudeamus Muziekweek (Utrecht, NL), Wittener Tage für Neue Kammermusik (Witten, DE) , ZKM | Center for Art and Media (Karlsruhe, DE), or SWR Schwetzinger Festival (Schwetzingen, DE). He was as well involved in various radio productions such as SWR, NDR, WDR and many other broadcasters both in Germany and abroad.
Bernhard Rath’s special interest in contemporary music led him to work directly with many of the leading composers of the day such as Helmut Lachenmann, Klaus Huber, Dieter Schnebel, Veli-Matti Puumala and Minas Borboudakis. In June 2016 he was selected to receive a scholarship as the cellist of the International Ensemble Modern Academy for the 2016-17 season, and benefited from working closely with the renowned Ensemble Modern in Frankfurt, Germany. He also worked with the Ensemble Resonanz in Hamburg and 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.