“It has been very gratifying to play on this very fine instrument. Fellow violinists are always very impressed that it is a new instrument because of its distinctive and mature sound.
I came to Boston to visit Marylou Speaker Churchill. I had asked Doug to bring a violin for me to try; when I was about to leave Marylou remembered that Doug had sent 5 violins for me to try. Doug had forgotten to tell me about it so I thought that he had not sent any violins! I stayed a little longer playing the violins while Marylou went out. When she came back she heard me play all the violins and both she and Cristina, my wife, fell in love with how the violin sounded.
I could not sleep that night thinking about the violin. The next morning I called Doug and we found a way to make it happen. On my way to the airport I stopped by Marylou's house and picked up the violin and brought it to Brazil. I have so far played a Beethoven sonatas cycle and several recitals with Doug's violin.”
Fredi Gerling received his doctoral degree in violin performance and pedagogy at the University of Iowa where he studied with Leopold LaFosse. His doctoral essay is titled “Performance Analysis and Analysis for Performance: A Study of Villa-Lobos's Bachianas Brasilieras No. 9.”
Mr. Gerling is a conductor, educator, award winner, and has published several articles. His extensive background in chamber music comes from his former training at New England Conservatory in Boston, MA where he studied violin with Eric Rosemblith, as well as his many years as an active performer with chamber music groups in the east coast of the United States and Brazil.
From 1989 to 1995, Mr. Gerling led the “Orquestra de Câmara Theatro São Pedro” string orchestra for seven very successful concert seasons. During his tenure the orchestra produced recordings, toured the three Americas and Europe and collaborated with many international soloists. While in Iowa City, He was a visiting professor of violin at the University of Iowa Music School as well as conductor of the Preucil School String Orchestra. He was guest conductor for the Des Moine Middle School Festival for five years. Upon his return to Brazil, he resumed his activities as violin and chamber music Professor at the Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul in the city of Porto Alegre.