The concert of the Symphony Orchestra of Heilbronn in the “Harmonie” concert hall on 15 March 2015, is themed “Heilbronn Composers Festival”. This title and the concept is a tribute to composers who were born in Heilbronn or had a special relationship with the city.
Rio Gebhardt was born by chance during a guest performance of his parents in Heilbronn in 1907. His stay was short-lived. At the age of four years, his talent for conducting was casually discovered and his father marketed him profitably as a child prodigy throughout Europe. As a young adult Gebhardt initially was unable to repeat his success. From 1923 he studied with Kurt Weill and earned his living as a pianist in a salon orchestra. 1925 Wilhelm Zimmermann became his main publisher. With him he published his Tales Overture “The Feast of the Infanta” in 1934. It belonged to the standard repertoire of numerous radio stations until the 1960s. In its edition for salon orchestra it was familiar to all important music ensembles.
Rio Gebhardt became known as German jazz composer in the mid-twenties. Since jazz was frowned upon in the Third Reich, he adapted his style of composition increasingly to light music. 1944 Gebhardt was ordered for combat and fell on the Eastern Front at the age of 36.
Below please see what Rio Gebhardt’s publpubished with Zimmermann