Steven R. Gerber’s most recent orchestral work, “Music in Dark Times,” commissioned by Vladimir Ashkenazy, received its four world premiere performances by the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra in 2009, with Maestro Ashkenazy conducting. Other works of his have been performed by such groups as the Louisville Orchestra, Omaha Symphony, National Philharmonic, Long Island Symphony, Russian National Orchestra, Knoxville Chamber Orchestra, Fine Arts Quartet, and Amernet String Quartet. CDs of his orchestral works have been recorded on Chandos, KOCH International, and Arabesque, and in 2009 Naxos released a CD of his chamber music on its American Classics Series. His newest CD will be released on Albany in a few months; it will contain most of his piano music, played by the composer, and a large violin/piano duo performed by Gregory Fulkerson and Jennifer Rinehart,He has written concertos for violist Yuri Bashmet, violinist Kurt Nikkanen, clarinetist Jon Manasse, and cellist Carter Brey. Born in 1948 in Washington, D.C., he received a B.A. from Haverford College, and an M.F.A. from Princeton University, which awarded him a 4-year fellowship. His composition teachers included Robert Parris, Milton Babbitt, Earl Kim, and J.K. Randall.
LISTEN: Violin Concerto: II and III
Kurt Nikkanen, violin; National Chamber Orchestra; Piotr Gajewski, conductor