attended the Pierre Monteux School for Conductors and co-founded the
Beaux-Arts String Quartet with Joseph Tekula. In 1957, they gave their first
performance at Carnegie Recital Hall in New York, New York. Their repertoire was a mix of
classical and modern works, featuring composers such as David Diamond,
Arthur Honegger, and Arthur Foote.
also a member of the Bronx Arts Ensemble String Quartet, The New York Chamber
Soloists, and The New York String Trio, the String Trio in Residence at the
State University of New York at Stony Brook.
career was a mixed bag of classical, jazz, and pop. A quick view of his late ‘60s
output is a good snapshot: He
appeared on Snowfall: The Tony Bennett Christmas Album
and Tony Sings the Hits of Today!
as well as Stokowski: In Dulci Jubilo – A Baroque Concert and Stravinsky: L’Histoire
In the 1970s,
he recorded Aaron Copland’s Appalachian
Spring ballet with the Columbia Chamber Orchestra, and appeared on a
wide variety of albums, including:
Living Inside Your Love by
Earl Klugh; My
Favourite Fantasy, Rhythms of the World, and Van
McCoy and His Magnificent Movie Machine; Rhythm Machine by Fania All-Stars; Sesame Street Fever; Spy by Carly
Simon; and, Star Wars and Other
Galactic Funk by Meco.
In 1980, he
was in the string section for Aretha
by Aretha Franklin, Christmas in the
Stars: Star Wars Christmas
Album by Meco, and Naughty by Chaka Khan.
He appeared on a pair of Isley Brother
albums, Inside You and The Real Deal, and a pair of P.D.Q.
Bach albums, A Little Nightmare Music
and Two Pianos Are Better Than One. Other artists he worked with during
the ‘80s were George Benson, Joe Jackson, Helen Merrill, and Liza
Minnelli, for whom he served as concertmaster at Carnegie Hall.
violin on Patti Austin’s Love
is Gonna Getcha and
James Galway’s Wind Beneath My
Wings, was a member of The Chic Strings on Chic-ism, and recorded Edvard
Grieg’s three sonatas for violin and piano with David Hancock. In 1994, he appeared on the Broadway
cast recordings of Beauty and the
Beast, Carousel, and Damn Yankees, and the soundtrack of The Specialist. He continued his film and stage work
in 1995, appearing on the original cast recording of Victor/Victoria and the score of Clockers, as well as playing
violin on Jesus Wept by P.M. Dawn
and Max Bruch: Quintet; Septet; Octet.
work followed in 1996 with Everyone
Says I Love You and Get on the
Bus. In 1997, he appeared
on Backstreet’s Back by
Backstreet Boys, Maxwell’s MTV
Unplugged special, and Robert Baksa:
Chamber Works for Solo Winds. Maxwell used his services again on
1998’s Embrya. In 1999, Gerald played violin on
Ricky Martin’s self-titled debut.
millennium has been no less eclectic for this versatile musician: It has included stints on classical
albums such as Music of Harold Farberman Vol. 1 and ScriabinRavelDeFalla and pop
albums such as One Wish: The Holiday Album by Whitney Houston
and Oops!... I Did it Again by
Van McCoy recordings
The Shuffle (Van McCoy)
That’s the Joint (Richard Harris/Van McCoy)