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Gerle, Robert

Gerle, Robert

Gerle, Robert, Hungarian-born American violinist, conductor, and teacher; b. Abbazia, Italy, April 1, 1924. He was educated at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music and the National Cons, in Budapest, receiving the Hubay Prize in 1942. He played in recital and with major orchs. in Europe, and eventually settled in the U.S., where he headed the string dept. of the Univ. of Okla. (1950–54). He then was on the staff of the Peabody Cons, of Music in Baltimore (1955–68), the Marines Coll. of Music in N.Y. (1959–70), the Manhattan School of Music (1967–70), and Ohio State Univ. (1968–72). In 1972 he was named head of the Instrumental Program of the Univ. of Md., Baltimore County; was active as a conductor there and also continued his career as a violinist. He publ. The Art of Practicing the Violin (London, 1983) and The Art of Bowing Practice: The Expressive Bow Technique (London, 1991).

—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire

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