DAVID GEBER - American String Quartet | Manhattan School of Music


DAVID GEBER is a longtime member of the cello and chamber music faculty at Manhattan School of Music and served as a senior administrator of the school for 14 years. He is also a visiting professor at the Eastman School of Music. As founding cellist of the American String Quartet, Mr. Geber concertized internationally and recorded with the ensemble for 28 years including concerts in all 50 of the United States. He has been artist/faculty at Aspen Music Festival & School, Tanglewood Music Center, Meadowmount School of Music and National Arts Centre of Canada in addition to current summer residencies with Music Academy of the West and Heifetz International Music Institute. Trained at The Juilliard School, his principal teachers and mentors included Claus Adam, Ronald Leonard, and Robert Mann. Mr. Geber is an exclusive artist for Jargar Strings, and
plays a rare Ruggieri cello, made in Cremona in 1667.

SIMON JAMES - SF Conservatory | Seattle Symphony


As an internationally recognized pedagogue, Simon James has attracted worldwide attention as one of the foremost teachers of violin in the United States. In his long performing career, James has been a member of several prestigious orchestras, including the Seattle Symphony, the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, and Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Orchestra. As concertmaster of the Northwest Sinfonia, he can be heard on hundreds of motion picture, TV, and video game soundtracks and has performed live with Pearl Jam, Elton John, Billy Joel, A R Rahman and many others. He has recorded concerti with the Seattle Symphony and the Slovak Radio Symphony with whom he premiered Richard Englefield’s Violin Concerto.
James' students have won many of the world’s top prizes, including the International Menuhin Junior Competition, Stradivarius International Competition, Stulberg International String Competition, Vancouver International Music Competition, MTNA National Competition, and were laureates at the Spohr, Johansen, Il Piccolo Violino Magico, and Postacchini Competitions. They have been featured numerous times on NPR’s From the Top. In addition to appearing with all the Pacific Northwest’s leading orchestras, his students have performed with the Detroit, Richmond, Utah, and Seattle symphonies, the London Philharmonia, and on the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Green Umbrella Series. They have participated at the Aspen Music Festival, Morningside Music Bridge, Meadowmount, Starling/Delay Violin Symposium, New York String Orchestra Seminar, and Kronberg Academy Festivals. Students from his studio have recently won positions in the New York Philharmonic, St Louis Symphony, and Minnesota Orchestra

PETER SLOWIK - Oberlin Conservatory | Vermeer Quartet


Profiled by the Strad magazine as “a man of limitless energy and purpose—he mentors high achievers who make their mark in top positions the world over,” Peter Slowik is in high demand as an artist-teacher. He has been a featured performer and teacher at six International Viola Congresses and has recorded on the Deutsche Grammophon, deutsche harmonia mundi/BMG, American Grammophone, Erato, and Cedille labels.
An active chamber musician, Slowik has performed with William Preucil, Anner Bylsma, and Leonard Rose; the Mirecourt Trio, the Jasper, Saint Petersburg, and Vermeer Quartets; the Smithsonian Chamber Players; and members of the Cleveland, Chester, Orford, and Smithson Quartets. Past orchestral associations include service as principal violist of the Smithsonian Chamber Orchestra, Concertante di Chicago, and the American Sinfonietta. Master-class appearances have taken him to Australia, New Zealand, China, Europe, Canada, and major conservatories across the U.S.
Past teaching posts include Northwestern University, Indiana University, the Cleveland Institute of Music, and the Eastman School of Music.
Slowik's viola students have won first prize in numerous competitions, including the ASTA National Solo Competition, the Johannsen International Competition, the Ohio and Chicago Viola Society Solo Competitions, the Juilliard Concerto Competition, and the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. They perform in such major American orchestras as the Chicago Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, and National Symphony, and in university appointments throughout the country.
In addition to his role on the Oberlin faculty, Slowik serves as artistic director for the chamber music program Credo.
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