Guitarist, Gunter Herbig was born in Brazil and grew up in Portugal and Germany. Influenced by such different cultures and aesthetic languages, Gunter has developed a highly personal, charismatic, and expressive style of playing and performance, which sets him well apart from his contemporaries. The balance of Brazilian sensuousness, Portuguese intense passion and German intellect and finesse are the hallmark of his playing. His performance and interpretation philosophy centers on the personal and subjective approach to music as a direct way to create an even triangle between the composer, the performer, and the audience and puts the sense of musical adventure and exploration back on stage. Gunter’s dynamic and expressive sense of adventure has made him an audience favorite on the concert platform wherever he goes and has solicited universal praise by critics in the music world.
Since moving to New Zealand in 1989, Gunter has made numerous national concert tours of this country and has a busy performance schedule, which has taken him to South America, Central America, and Europe where he appears as a soloist and chamber musician on concert platforms and festivals. He has performed on several live broadcasts on television and radio in New Zealand and Mexico and has recorded for a number of film scores and television documentaries. His debut solo CD Hauturu – where the winds rest was released in 2007 by Ode Records and spent seven weeks in the top ten in the Radio New Zealand Concert chart, a first for a New Zealand guitar CD.
Naxos and Chandos, two international labels have both expressed interest in releasing Prospero Dreaming Gunter’s recording of the guitar music by Douglas Lilburn and David Farquhar and Preludes from the New World, a new CD with world premiere recordings by New Zealand’s own John Elmsly as well as Heitor Villa–Lobos later in 2008.
Specialties:Performance, performance coaching, personality development, recording, production, tertiary education course development and delivery, administration of university departments.