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In spring, 2013 Albany Records released a new CD of most of Gerber's piano music, played by the composer, and his "Duo in 3 Movements" for violin and piano, played by Gregory Fulkerson and Jennifer Rinehart.
World premiere of "Two Lyric Pieces" for violin and string orchestra took place at Strathmore Hall by the National Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Piotr Gajewski with Elena Urioste, violin in March, 2013
NAXOS has issued a new CD of nine of Steven Gerber's solo and chamber works, spanning the period 1967-2001, all performed by violinist Kurt Nikkanen, along with violinists Cho-Liang Lin and Cyrus Beroukhim, cellist Brinton Smith, and pianist Sara Davis Buechner.
Vladimir Ashkenazy conducted the San Francisco Symphony in the world premiere of Steven Gerber's "Music in Dark Times," a 16-minute orchestral work written for and dedicated to Maestro Ashkenazy. There were 4 performances in March, 2009.
Arabesque Recordings released a CD of three of Gerber's orchestral works in September, 2007. Spirituals for string orchestra, Clarinet Concerto, and Serenade Concertante for two violins, string orchestra, and harp, are performed by the Saint Petersburg State Academic Symphony with Vladimir Lande, conductor; Jon Manasse, clarinet; and Jose Cueto and Natalia Malkova, violins.
Gerber's Duet for Solo clarinet received its world premiere at Bargemusic, Brooklyn, N.Y., by Alex Fiterstein on July 7, 2006.
Steven Gerber's Symphony No. 2 received its world premiere on March 26, 2006 by the Skokie Valley Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Daniel Boico.
The Lark Ascending commissioned from Gerber Five Canonic Duos for oboe and bassoon and premiered it in October 2006 at the Austrian Cultural Forum in New York City.
Steven Gerber's "Fanfare for the Voice of A-M-E-R-I-C-A" was one of three featured pieces by American composers at the 2005 conference of the American Symphony Orchestra League (ASOL) in Washington, D.C. The Fanfare was performed at the new Strathmore Hall in Bethesda, Maryland on June 17 by the National Philharmonic Orchestra, Piotr Gajewski, conductor, as part of the conference.
In January, 2005, Jon Manasse, clarinettist, and the National Philharmonic Orchestra under Piotr Gajewski, conductor, gave the world premiere of Gerber's Clarinet Concerto at the F. Scott Fitzgerald Center in Rockville, Maryland.
"Fanfare for the Voice of A-M-E-R-I-C-A," commissioned by Voice of America for its 60th anniversary, was premiered at VOA's auditorium on a 9/11 memorial concert by the University of Maryland Brass Ensemble, Milton Stevens conducting.
"Triple Overture" for violin, cello, piano, and orchestra received its world premiere performances on March 13 and 14, 2004 by the Long Island Philharmonic, David Wiley, conductor.
Gerber's Symphony No. 1 received its U.S. premiere on September 28, 2002 by The Louisville Orchestra, Robert Franz conducting. Dirge and Awakening received its U.S. premiere in March, 2003 by the Skokie Valley Symphony, conducted by Daniel Boico.
The world premiere of Gerber's String Quartet No. 5 was given by the Amernet Quartet in November, 2003 at the Cincinnati Contemporary Arts Center.
At the request of the St. Petersburg String Quartet, Gerber has written a new version of "Spirituals" for string quartet. The first version of the work was for string orchestra, the second version was for clarinet and string quartet.
Four orchestral works of Gerber were released on Chandos in June, 2000: Symphony No. 1, Dirge and Awakening, Viola Concerto, and Triple Overture, performed by the Russian Philharmonic Orchestra, Thomas Sanderling, conductor, with Lars Anders Tomter, viola, and the Bekova Sisters Trio. This CD has received excellent reviews throughout the United States and Great Britain (see Reviews).
Concertante Chamber Players commissioned Steven Gerber to write a new work for them for clarinet and string quartet. They gave the first performances in early 2001 at Merkin Hall (New York City) and the Library of Congress, and in Harrisburg and Baltimore. The work, entitled "Spirituals," has also received several performances in Berlin, Indianapolis, Odessa, and Kiev.
In late 2000 KOCH International Classics released a CD of three orchestral works of Steven Gerber, his Violin Concerto, Cello Concerto, and Serenade for String Orchestra, with soloists Kurt Nikkanen and Carter Brey and the National Chamber Orchestra under conductor Piotr Gajewski. The NCO received a grant from the Aaron Copland Fund for Music for this recording, and the recording sessions took place after two performances of each work by the orchestra during its 1999-2000 season.
On February 11 and 12, 2001 the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Kirk Trevor, gave the U.S. premieres of Gerber's Serenade Concertante for two violins, string orchestra, and harp.
Violinist Tatyana Grindenko gave the first performance of a work written for her by Steven R. Gerber, Serenade Concertante, in Moscow in April, 1999. Ms. Grindenko, a frequent collaborator with Gidon Kremer (Schnittke's Concerto Grosso and Arvo Pärt's Tabula Rasa were written for the two of them), has been a champion of Mr. Gerber's music, performing his Violin Concerto in Talinn with the Estonian National Philharmonic, in Knoxville with the Knoxville Chamber Orchestra, and numerous times in Russia. Serenade Concertante, as well as the composer's Three Pieces for Two Violins, was written at her request and is dedicated to her. Serenade Concertante was performed in Rachmaninoff Hall at the Moscow Conservatory with the Chamber Orchestra Kremlin (Misha Rachlevsky, music director), which performed Gerber's Serenade for String Orchestra at Merkin Hall, New York City, in October, 1998.
Elegy on the Name "Dmitri Shostakovich" for solo viola was recently released on the French label Suoni e Colori, on a CD in tribute to Shostakovich containing many of Shostakovich's works plus homages to him by Gerber and Schnittke (See Discography).
Violist Yuri Bashmet gave the world premiere of Steven R. Gerber's Viola Concerto at Bashmet's festival in Tours, France in July, 1997. The work, written for and dedicated to Bashmet, uses a melody derived from the letters B-A-S-H-M-E-T as a theme for a set of variations in the second movement.




Steven R. Gerber