Gunter Herbig was born in Brazil and grew up in Portugal and Germany. Influenced by such different cultures and aesthetic languages, he 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 centres 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 creates a sense of musical adventure and exploration on stage. His dynamic and expressive sense of adventure has made him an audience favourite on the concert platform wherever he goes, and has garnered universal praise from critics in the international music world.
In his distinguished teaching career, Gunter Herbig led the guitar departments at The University of Auckland for over 20 years, and was head of chamber music at the New Zealand School of Music in Wellington.