Gerhard Herwig is born in 1912 at Nikolai, Upper Silesia, Germany
The German choral conductor, Gerhard Herwig, studied church music in Breslau (top honors), and Universitätsmusiklehrer (University of Music Teachers) in Erlangen, and became full-time Kantor in Berlin.
In 1948 Gerhard Herwig was appointed Stadtkantor (City Cantor) in Rothenburg ob der Tauber. From 1951 to 1978 he was director of the Essener Bachchor; in 1958 he was appointed director of church music, retiring in 1978. Then, for many years he gave organ concerts at home and abroad.