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STEVEN R. GERBER

Judah Adashi

The World Premiere of Steven R. Gerber's Two Lyric Pieces for Violin and Orchestra will be given by The National Philharmonic, Piotr Gajewski, conductor and violinist Elena Urioste on Saturday, March 2, 2013 at 8:00PM at The Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane in North Bethesda, Maryland.

More about the performance at http://www.nationalphilharmonic.org/ConcertDetail.aspx?ConcertID=101.

1. Tell us how Two Lyric Pieces came about. Did you start with a specific programmatic idea, or did the piece grow organically?

As with all my music, these pieces came about because of some material I was working with, and solo violin with string orchestra seemed to be the best medium for them. Also, I wasn't up for writing an ambitious Violin Concerto, having already written one, so a smaller-scale work seemed like what I wanted to do, as well as more fitting to the material.

Steven Gerber

2. You've had a long and productive collaboration with Piotr Gajewski and the National Philharmonic. Tell us how it began and how it's developed over the years.

It was by a wonderful and unlikely chance that I met Piotr, who instantly took a liking to the music I sent him. He proposed to conduct the U.S. premiere of my Violin Concerto with soloist Kurt
Nikkanen, for whom I wrote the work (Kurt had given the world premieres in Russia). I was particularly honored that Piotr chose his orchestra's 10th anniversary concert at the Kennedy Center for the premiere. The piece got a rave review in The Washington Post, Koch International took an immediate interest in it, and soon after Kurt and Piotr recorded it for Koch along with my Cello Concerto and Serenade for Strings.

3. How is working with this conductor and orchestra different than working with other conductors and orchestras?

As Piotr himself said once, humorously but with a great deal of justification, "No one plays Gerber like we play Gerber." He seems to understand intuitively what I want, so there is rarely much for me to tell him at rehearsals.

Gerber

4. What is your next composition project?

I have just finished a solo bassoon piece for the fine Baltimore-based bassoonist Bryan Young, and I am now struggling with a bassoon and piano duo for him too.

5. What is your next recording project?

I have a CD of most of my own piano music (played by me) and a big duo for violin and piano coming out soon on Albany; my other already released CDs include orchestral ones on Chandos and Arabesque, and  a solo and chamber CD on Naxos's American Classics series.

on Chandos
on Koch
on Naxos

New York-based composer Steven R. Gerber's music has gained international attention as a result of Chandos, Koch and Arabesque CD releases featuring several of his major orchestral works, including Symphony No. 1, Kurt Nikkanen's performance of the Violin Concerto and Jon Manasse's performance of the Clarinet Concerto. His orchestral work Music in Dark Times was commissioned by Vladimir Ashkenazy and the four World Premiere performances took place in March, 2009, with Maestro Ashkenazy conducting the San Francisco Symphony. His chamber music is represented on Steven R. Gerber - Chamber Music, (Naxos 8.559618), featuring nine of his finest works in the genre, recorded by violinists Kurt Nikkanen, Cho-Liang Lin and Cyrus Beroukhim, cellist Brinton Smith and pianist Sara Davis Buechner. More about it at http://www.naxos.com/catalogue/item.asp?item_code=8.559618. Visit his website at http://www.stevengerber.com.


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