Gisbert Näther

Born in 1948 in Ebersbach/Saxony.

Since his childhood Gisbert Näther has lived in constant contact with music. When he was young he taught himself to play the piano and composed his first simple pieces. Upon completion of high school he attended the “Carl Maria von Weber” College in Dresden, majoring in horn and composition. After his college exams and graduation he accepted a position as hornist with the Jena Philharmonic and later with the Potsdam Hans-Otto-Theater.

During this time his composing talents remained dormant. Not until the change to the DEFA symphony orchestra in 1981 did he start to compose chamber music. His very successfully received premier performance of the “Bassoon Quartet 1987” in the Park Festival in Potsdam Sanssouci encouraged him to further compositional endeavours, the next being his “Concertino for Tuba and Orchestra” in 1992. In addition to his activity as horn player with the German Film Orchestra (formally DEFA), Gisbert Näther was active as a member in the German Composer Organization and in the Brandenburg Verein Neue Musik e.V. For his composition for the Wilhelm Busch cartoon Max und Moritz he received the Wilhelm-Busch avard in 1996 and in 1997 the composition award in the Brandenburg Cartoon Music Composition competition.

His composition The Bremen Town Musicians was first performed by the Hofer Symphoniker in 1997 with great success. Gisbert Näther’s imaginative, fresh and unconventional music depicting the German traditional fairy tales The Bremen Town Musicians and Max and Moritz quickly finds its way into the hearts of children and stimulates the imagination in this enchanting encounter with music and fairy tale.