General Manager Gernot Rehrl
After studying violin and conducting, completing his studies with the State Examination at the Hochschule für Musik Würzburg, Gernot Rehrl began working in orchestral management in Vienna in 1988. In 1990 he was appointed director of the artistic administration office of the Munich Philharmonic during the era of Sergiu Celibidache. He then directed international concerts and tour management for the Windsbacher Knabenchor.
In 1997 Rehrl moved to Bavarian Radio in Munich and took over the management of the Bavarian Radio Chorus, and from 2000, the orchestral management of the Munich Radio Orchestra. With his friend and former chief conductor Marcello Viotti he helped the orchestra to achieve a national and international reputation within a very short period of time – through skilful programme formats as well as new kinds of concerts, ambitious concert series and concert performances of operas. This led to a doubling of audience numbers. In recognition of his achievements he received a “Star of 2004” award from the Münchner Abendzeitung newspaper.
Later that year he spoke out publicly against the disbandment of the orchestra he managed. The storm of protests from the public at large, but also a change of direction by the former orchestral manager, ultimately saved the Munich Radio Orchestra. In 2005/2006 Gernot Rehrl was personally requested by the Bavarian Minister-President to organise a concert by the three leading Munich orchestras to mark the beginning of the Football World Cup. This concert took place in front of around 25,000 visitors, the entire FIFA Congress and a TV audience of millions.
In July 2006 Gernot Rehrl became General Manager of the Rundfunkorchester und Chöre GmbH in Berlin. In 2013 he took up his new position as General Manager of the Internationale Bachakademie Stuttgart.