Christian von Gehren studied conducting, piano playing and music theory at the Hochschule für Musik Karlsruhe and at the Kongelige Danske Musikkonservatorium in Copenhagen. He completed his studies with honors at both universities. His conducting teachers were Wolf-Dieter Hauschild and Michel Tabachnik. 1993 Gehrer debuted as an opera conductor with Weber’s Der Freischütz at the Castle Festival Zwingenberg. As a student, he was a répétiteur and assistant to Ulf Schirmer, Alberto Zedda and Marcello Viotti.
From 2001 to 2003 Gehren was the conductor and musical assistant of the director of the musical direction of the Leipzig Opera. He rebuilt the ensemble and performed (unscheduled) Mendelssohn’s only opera The Wedding of Camacho with the Gewandhaus Orchestra Leipzig concertante.
Since 2004 freelance artist, he has appeared at the Malmö Music Theater, the Münchner Rundfunkorchester, the Oper Dortmund and the Thessaloniki Opera. In 2005 he directed Bohuslav Martinů’s opera Greek Passion in a guest performance at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden in Brno. Since 1999, von Gehren has been working closely with the Bregenz Festival, where he most recently conducted the Wiener Symphoniker in a series of performances by Puccini’s Tosca.
The Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, the Royal Opera (Copenhagen), the Opéra National de Montpellier, the Opéra de Nice and – as part of a multi-year collaboration – the Opéra Municipal de Marseille hired him. He has repeatedly performed with contemporary repertoire with the Norwegian ensemble BIT20 at the Bergen International Festival. From 2010 to 2015, Christian von Gehren worked at the Carl Orff Festival Andechs. Under his direction the first recording of the music for Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream was written by Carl Orff. The Carl Orff Foundation awarded him the 2016 Carl Orff Prize.   Since the winter semester 2016/17 he has been teaching at the Robert-Schumann-Hochschule Düsseldorf.