David Erler was born in the Saxon Vogtland. received a comprehensive musical education at the Clara-Wieck-Gymnasium Zwickau, graduating in 1999. After first singing lessons with Katrin Kapplusch, he studied voice as a scholarship recipient of the Hanns-Seidel-Stiftung Munich, with Maria Jonas and Marek Rzepka at the Musikhochschule in Leipzig, focussing on early music and historical performance practice. Further important impetus was gained through additional studies of music theory, as well as master-classes with Andreas Scholl, Marius van Altena, and The King’s Singers.
Engagements as a soloist lead David Erler around Germany as well as throughout Europe, working with directors such as Thomaskantor Georg Christoph Biller, Manfred Cordes, Klaus Eichhorn, Michi Gaigg, Peter Van Heyghen, Jos van Immerseel, Matthias Jung, Wolfgang Katschner, Hermann Max, Gregor Meyer, Hans-Christoph Rademann, Ludger Rémy, Adam Viktora and Roland Wilson. In a solo capacity, he also works regularly with ensembles such as Barockorchester L'arpa festante, Cappella Sagittariana (Director: Norbert Schuster), Capella Fidicinia, Batzdorfer Hofkapelle, Bell'arte Salzburg (Director: Annegret Siedel), Capella de la Torre, Sette Voci (Director: Peter Kooy), Collegium Marianum Prag, Ensemble Inégal, Gesualdo Consort Amsterdam, Lautten Compagney Berlin, Les Muffatti Brüssel, Musica Fiata and Weser-Renaissance Bremen.
David Erler's broad repertoire includes oratorios, cantatas, Lieder and opera roles, and ranges from Renaissance polyphony to contemporary works (including world premieres of music by Moritz Eggert and Masato Suzuki), whilst the music of the German baroque remains his special passion. Thanks to his stylistic sensitivity and fine ensemble skills, David is also in great demand as a guest singer in vocal ensembles such as the Ensemble Amarcord, Calmus Ensemble Leipzig, Singer Pur, Singphoniker, Stimmwerck, Vox Luminis and Dresdner Kammerchor. In collaboration with the ensemble “The Sound and the Fury” (Director: led by Thomas E. Bauer; other members include John Potter, Richard Wistreich or Colin Mason) for a number of ORF broadcasts, he has been involved in an extensive and much praised recording series called “paradise regained”, which includes works of Gombert, Obrecht, Ockeghem, de la Rue, Caron, Faugues and others.
His considerable discography (including numerous CD and radio productions in Germany and abroad), as well as engagements at prestigious festivals (including the Musica Antiqua Brügge, Dresdner Musikfestspiele, Händelfestspiele Halle, Trigonale Klagenfurt and Kulturwald, Bachfest Leipzig, MDR Musiksommer, Schleswig-Holstein-Musikfestival, Gustav Mahler Musikwochen Toblach, Resonanzen Wien, etc.), are further evidence of his artistic work. Moreover, David Erler is increasingly focused on working as an editor and lector. He is chief editor of Johann Kuhnau's complete cantatas, published by Pfefferkorn Musikverlag Leipzig.