Martin Erhardt

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Martin Erhardt teaches students at the Music Universities of Weimar and Leipzig, as well as children at the Conservatory in Halle (Saale), Germany. Historical improvisation, recorder, counterpoint and ear training are some of his teaching subjects. Throughout his pedagogy, he strives to present a comprehensive overall view of music that transcends the boundaries of individual academic fields, one that combines the technical aspects of music making with compositional know-how, musical imagination with creativity, aesthetic sensitivity with intellectual ability.


Born in 1983 in Kronach, in Upper Franconia, his most influential teachers were Prof. Myriam Eichberger (recorder, The Liszt School of Music Weimar), Prof. Bernhard Klapprott (harpsichord/ historical keyboard instruments, ibid.) and Prof. Dr. Rebecca Stewart (Early Modal Music, Fontys Conservatorium, Tilburg).


In addition to his teaching activities, Martin Erhardt is also an eclectic and skillful performer, be it on the recorder, the harpsichord, the organ, the organetto or as a singer. His areas of expertise are medieval, Renaissance and baroque music. He is a frequent guest at the Bachfest in Leipzig, the Handel Festival in Halle and the Heinrich Schtz Festival. He has recorded several CD albums with his ensembles all'improviso and Nusmido, as well as with his wife, viol player Miyoko Ito.


He has been invited across Europe as a teacher (workshops among others in Prague, Bergen, Cosenza, Leuwen, Lyon, Frankfurt, Berlin, Linz, Vienna, Zurich, Basel and Geneva) and as a musician (Festival Itinraire baroque, Prigord; Ftes de L'ne, Sens, etc.).


He is the director of the Leipzig Improvisation Festival for Early Music and the author of the improvisation tutorial Upon a Ground.


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