Gernot Sahler | © Elsa Okazaki
Department Head


Gernot Sahler

Univ.-Prof. for Music Dramatic RepresentationDepartment of Opera & Musical TheaterMozart Forum
Gernot Sahler was born in Trier and educated at the Episcopal School of Church Music in Trier. After graduating in church music (1984), he became the national winner of "Jugend musiziert" (1985) in the subject flute. He then studied piano (Boris Bloch, Michel Roll) and conducting (Reinhard Peters, artistic final examination in 1991) at the Folkwang University of Music, Dance and Theater in Essen.
From 1991 he worked as a répétiteur and conductor at the Theater Aachen, Theater Philharmonie Essen, Staatstheater Mainz. From 1996 to 2003 he was 1st Kapellmeister and deputy GMD at the Staatstheater Mainz. He has been a conducting lecturer and director of the Peter Cornelius Orchestra since 1996. Commissioned to compose the opera musical “Arche Nova” by the United Theaters Krefeld – Mönchengladbach (world premiere 2000). Conducted a total of 80 music theater productions, also ballet evenings with Martin Schläpfer, Hans van Manen and Nils Christ, Joachim Schlömer and Irina Pauls as well as numerous symphony concerts, many world premieres (e.g. the Gutenberg opera "G" by Gavin Bryars on the occasion of the reopening of the Staatstheater Mainz after the renovation ) also numerous self-moderated youth concerts. From 2003 to 2006 1st Kapellmeister and deputy GMD at the Theater Freiburg. Invitation to the Venice Biennale for the music theater production and German premiere at the Freiburg Theater "Les Nègres" (Levinas). 2008/09 season: guest conductor at the National Theater in Maribor (Slovenia) Gernot Sahler has been a professor for orchestra conducting at the Cologne University of Music and Dance since October 2009. September 22, 2012 Premiere Eugen Onegin, Theater Lüneburg. From Oct. 2012 ordinary appointment to Univ.-Prof. at the Mozarteum in Salzburg for the musical direction of the music theater department.