Stuart GerberPercussion Faculty
Described as having “consummate virtuosity” by The New York Times, Stuart Gerber has performed extensively throughout the US, Europe, Australia, and Mexico as a soloist an chamber musician. He is associate professor of percussion at Georgia State University in Atlanta.
As an active performer of new works, Dr. Gerber has been involved in a number of commissions and world-premiere performances. He gave the world premiere of Karlheinz Stockhausen’s last solo percussion work Himmels-Tür in Italy, as well as his percussion trio Mittwoch-Formel at the annual Stockhausen-Courses in Kürten, Germany. He has also given the US and Australian premieres of Stockhausen’s duo version of Nasenflügeltanz for percussion and synthesizer, and the US premiere of his solo percussion work Komet. Dr. Gerber has been the faculty percussionist for the Stockhausen-Courses since 2005 and has recorded a number of pieces for the Stockhausen Complete Edition released by the Stockhausen-Verlag. In addition to his work with Stockhausen, Stuart has worked with many other notable composers, such as Kaija Saariaho, Steve Reich, Tristan Murail, Frederic Rzewski, George Crumb, Tania Lèon, Michael Colgrass, Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon, and John Luther Adams.
Recent performances include: solo performances at the Gulbenkian Center in Lisbon, Portugal and the South Bank Centre in London; a performance at the Savannah Music Festival with Stewart Copeland (the legendary drummer for The Police); a solo performance at the Ultraschall Festival in Berlin; as well as an appearance at the Spoleto Festival. He also is featured on the world-premiere recording of John Luther Adams’ Strange and Sacred Noise with the percussion group Cincinnati (Mode Records) and Adams’ Qilyaun released by Code Blue Records. Dr. Gerber has extensive recording experience and can be heard on recordings released by Bridge Records, Capstone Records, Telarc, Wesleyan University Press, Albany Record, and Vienna Modern Masters.
As pedagogue Dr. Gerber has recently presented a lecture-recital at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC) and a scholarly paper at the Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities in Honolulu. He has given numerous masterclasses at conservatories and universities around the US and abroad. Recent masterclasses include: the Eastman School of Music, Manhattan School of Music, University of Texas-Austin, University of Florida, University of South Florida, University of Montreal, Southbank Centre (London), and the Sydney Conservatory and Victoria College of Arts in Australia.
Dr. Gerber is a founding member of the Atlanta-based new music group Bent Frequency, performs internationally with the Australian pianist Michael Fowler in ENSEMBLE SIRIUS, and is regularly heard as extra percussionist with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. He received his Bachelor of Music degree from the Oberlin College Conservatory, where he studied with Michael Rosen, and was awarded a Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Cincinnati College – Conservatory of Music (CCM). His teachers at CCM were Allen Otte, Russell Burge and James Culley of the Percussion Group Cincinnati. He has also done advanced studies at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hannover, Germany, with Professor Andreas Boettger.