Rainer Hersch is a comedian, conductor and musician who has performed on every major comedy stage in Britain and around the world. His unique blend of classical music and comedy make Rainer an in demand comedian for corporate events.
Rainer Hersch is a comedian and musician who has performed on every major comedy stage in Britain and abroad. His talent and charisma have rendered him highly sought-after for corporate events.
Rainer has appeared several times at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival; had numerous comedy-concert series at the South Bank in London; featured in comedy clubs all across Europe and in TV shows around the world.
Rainer's love for comedy and classical music began almost simultaneously, as did his need to share his passion with others. By the age of 12 he had already passed clarinet exams, but was quickly drawn to the piano which he studied properly from the age of 14. This led to a school concert society which he organised single-handedly.
With this experience and his sights set on a career as an impresario, Rainer studied economics at university - not music. In his spare time, he wrote and directed student revues and continued his piano studies. He has since also studied conducting privately with various teachers and in masterclasses with the noted Mahlerian, Benjamin Zander.
He began his working life in the management of musical arts organisations, but on the side he was secretly taking hold of the London comedy scene at night time, as he began to grow in popularity he quit his full-time job to become a professional comedian. His first experiment with the one-man show format was an A to Z of all things British called 'The Massed Bands of the Grenadier Guards and R.A.F. Flypast-plus support' with which he toured the Canadian fringe festivals in 1994. The following year he produced an hour of straight stand-up, 'Was God British?'.
He has since used this experience to present full comedy programmes with many orchestras around the world including the Tasmanian Symphony, the Winnipeg Symphony and the St Petersburg Philharmonic - with whom he appeared in the Grand Hall of the Philharmonic, one of the great Soviet era concert halls. The All Classical Music Explained theme was turned into a number of radio series for the BBC and Classic FM.
His documentary series about comedy and classical music 'All The Right Notes, Not Necessarily In The Right Order' (BBC Radio 4) plotted the lives of musical comedians of the past. It was the seed for Rainer's first one-man play, 'BorgeAgain!' which he presented with sell-out success at the 2004 Edinburgh Festival.
On TV Rainer, has made guest appearances on lots of programmes including 'How Do They Do That?' (ITV 1) and 'The Big Stage' (Channel 5). He is a regular face on the comedy-music circuit, working for the BBC and still touring his successful shows.
A musician and comedian, Rainer is a unique corporate entertainer.