Dietmar Berger was born in Cologne. He studied cello at the music colleges in Aachen with Klaus Heitz, in Düsseldorf with Claus Reichardt and in Leipzig where he was a student of Roland Baldini and the gamba player Siegfried Pank. After having finished his studies, he was a member of the orchestra of the Landesbühnen Sachsen in Dresden from 1993–2000. He now lives in Cologne and plays cello as well as viola da gamba in renowned ensembles such as the Delos Trio Köln (with Gudrun Höbold, violin and Hubert Käppel, guitar) both in Germany and abroad; he appears as a soloist on numerous TV and CD recordings. His compositions and arrangements have been published by Friedrich Hofmeister Musikverlag, Leipzig and by Verlag Dohr, Cologne. His recording The Manchester Gamba Book, with music for viola da gamba, was released by Naxos [8.572863–64] in 2012.