Ricardo Gerhard is a composer and guitarist born in Cologne, Germany. After graduating from Berklee College of Music in Boston (USA) in 2002, he moved back to Europe where he gained fame for his guitar work and live performances in the Pop Rock group Lafee, which was successful in Germany and throughout Europe. The band was signed to EMI Capitol and earned numerous Gold and Platinum albums. Four of the albums topped the charts.
He has been nominated 7 times for the ECHO German Music Award, where he was the recipient of 3 ECHO Awards for performing in Lafee. Other career highlights include collaborations with keyboardist Jordan Rudess of the progressive rock band Dream Theater and sharing the stage with guitar legends Andy Timmons & Steve Vai.
Ricardo has composed music for documentaries on ZDF Zoom, ZDF Reportage and SAT 1 Akte. His library and production music can be heard daily on television programs in Germany and the United States.
Growing up in Cologne, Ricardo had planned on a career in computer sciences. However, his interest changed when he was inspired after seeing a music video of Joe Satriani on MTV. The following week his father bought him his first guitar, where he learned how to play soon thereafter. Ricardo is inspired by a wide range of musicians, including Metallica, Guns N´ Roses, John Williams and Hans Zimmer.
In 2016, Ricardo was able to immigrate to the United States of America and achieve permanent resident status due to his experience and unique skill set as a performer and artist. He lives in both US capitals of entertainment – Los Angeles and Las Vegas. Dynamedion welcomed Ricardo to the team in 2017 as a contributing composer and “Head of Dynamedion USA”. Ricardo is the brand ambassador, representing the various products and services that Dynamedion provides.
Ambient, Pop, Rock, Fusion and Hybrid Orchestral.
- ZDF Zoom
- ZDF Reportage
- ZDF Wiso
- ZDF Sonntags
- ZDF Volle Kanne
- ZDF Kessler ist
- ZDF drehscheibe
- ZDF Mein Land, Dein Land
- ZDF Heute in Deutschland
- SAT1 Akte
- SAT1 Frühstücksfernsehen
- Jacobos – TV Commercial
- Andechser Molkerei – TV Commercial
- Lafee (Guitarist)
- Jordan Rudess (Dream Theater)
- Austrian Gold Award 2009„Guitarist Lafee – Album: Ring Frei“
- Bravo Gold Otto Award 2007„Guitarist Lafee – Best Singer“
- Goldene Stimmgabel Award 2007„Guitarist Lafee – Shooting Star“
- ECHO Pop Award 2008„Guitarist Lafee – Artist National“
- ECHO Pop Award 2007„Guitarist Lafee – Artist National“
- ECHO Pop Award 2007„Guitarist Lafee – Best Newcomer National“
- Austrian Gold Award 2007„Guitarist Lafee – Album: Jetzt Erst Recht“
- German Platinum Award 2007„Guitarist Lafee – Album: Jetzt Erst Recht“
- German Gold Award 2007„Guitarist Lafee – Album: Jetzt Erst Recht“
- Bravo Silver Otto Award 2006„Guitarist Lafee – Super Singer“
- Austrian Platinum Award 2006„Guitarist Lafee – Album: Lafee”
- Austrian Gold Award 2006„Guitarist Lafee – Album: Lafee“
- German Platinum Award 2006„Guitarist Lafee – Album: Lafee“
- German Triple Gold Award 2006„Guitarist Lafee – Album: Lafee“