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 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. The Goethe-Institute (cultural istitute of the Federal Republic of Germany) invited him to give concerts in Kuala-Lumpur, Yangon, Manila, Hanoi, Saigon and Jakarta.


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, 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.

Bernhard plays a cello built by Heinrich Moritz Hammig in 1883.