Annette Gerlach was born in Berlin on 16th of October in 1964. She is a German journalist and a television presenter at the Franco-German cultural channel Arte. She is fluent in both French and German an advantage to here since she moderates both languages.


She undertook her studies in France where she studied economics since then she decided to live and work in France. Her career in journalism begun when she started working at the French weekly magazine called Le Nouvel Observateur in Paris. In the year 1992, she started working for the newly launched TV channel Arte in Strasbourg. In 1998, she commenced moderating the daily news of Arte, by that time it was famously known as Arte Info but that changed to Arte Journal in 2010. Annette Gerlach was also responsible for initiating and representing Arte culture from 2004-2010, a cultural magazine of the transmitter. She is well known for reporting in live broadcasts of esteemed cultural events all over the world. The recent prominent events that she participated in are;
The re-opening of operas from Barcelona and Venice (Gran Teatre del Liceu and Teatro La Fenice) or the theatre festival of Avignon
In 2012 she featured in Salzburg Festival, the international Film Festival of Cannes and the Bayreuth Festival.
Like many other public figures she has been able to receive some bad press, she gained Notoriety through their annual presentation of the Berlinale on Arte.


Annette Gerlach has been in the limelight for quite some time therefore, she has been able to acquire the following awards to her name;
In December 2009 she moderated the season opening of the Scala in Milan for Arte.
2008 she was appointed as Chevalier de l’Ordren des Arts et des Lettres by the French Ministry of Culture.

In 2006, she was the conferral of the Prix Richelieu the Association Defense de la langue Francaise (comparable to the “Verein German language eV”).
She is featured in the French who’s who represented.
One of her characteristics is that she likes big emotions and romance; she is also in love with opera, in particular, La Traviata and Carmen.

Personal details

For several years she was living with an American orchestra conductor called John Axelrod. The two had a daughter who is now showing interest in playing the piano. She is known to limit her personal details and not much of her personal life is known to the public.