David Gerstein, a devoted performer of chamber and contemporary music has played concerts all over the world, from the stage of Carnegie Hall to the Great Wall of China.
Mr. Gerstein has recently appeared in concert with the Ying Quartet, flutist Leone Buyse, clarinetist Michael Webster, mezzo-soprano Susanne Mentzer, soprano Renee Fleming, cellist Fred Sherry, violinist Jonathan Carney, and Vern Sutton of The Prairie Home Companion.
David is currently the principal cellist of the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, which he has been a member of since September ’08. He is also the cellist of the Quapaw String Quartet, which performs regularly at the Clinton Presidential Center in Little Rock, AR as well as in schools all over the state as part of the ASO’s Arts Partner program.
Mr. Gerstein has played as principal of the Shepherd School Symphony and Chamber Orchestra, The Eastman Philharmonia, and the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra. He has performed under the baton of great conductors such as James Levine, Bernard Haitink, Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos, Oliver Knussen, Mark Elder, Larry Rachleff, and Stefan Asbury.
During the summer of ‘10 as a guest artist at Tanglewood Music Center, Mr. Gerstein performed in the American Premiere of Elliott Carter’s What Are Years. The performance received favorable reviews in both the New York Times and the Boston Globe. Mr. Gerstein performed as a fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center from 2006-2008. Past summers have included residencies at the Banff Centre in Alberta, CA and the Colorado Quartet’s Chamber Music Institute on Cape Cod.
David has maintained an active relationship with performing and promoting new works by little known composers. He has received grants from the Howard Hanson Institute for American Music and has performed actively with groups such as the Eastman Musica Nova Ensemble and Ossia: New Music (both in Rochester, NY) as well as the 20/21 Ensemble and Musiqa (in Houston, TX). In 2008, Mr. Gerstein performed many works of Elliott Carter as part of his 100th birthday celebration at Tanglewood with Mr. Carter in attendance.
In 2008 Mr. Gerstein premiered Ekphrasis sobre el “Miedo” de Tanguy by Colombian composer Jairo Duarte-Lopez. The piece won the national composition award in Colombia and was recently published along with a recording that Mr. Gerstein recorded in March of 2008.
Mr. Gerstein has participated in the prestigious New York String Orchestra Seminar in New York City, presenting concerts in Carnegie Hall under the direction of Jaime Laredo. He was a founding member of the Cape Cod Ensemble, a consistently multi-faceted chamber ensemble. CCE was invited to attend the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition as Semi-Finalists. In the summer of 2009, CCE performed concerts in Little Rock, AR and Ashland, OR.
David received a BM with Distinction from the Eastman School of Music where he studied with David Ying. He completed his studies at Rice University in 2008, where he earned a Master of Music under the direction of Norman Fischer.