Small msm 2014 15 transparent Mendelssohn: String Quartet No. 2 - Intensity over beauty

Master Classes | David Geber, Cello
Bt movie not in use Mendelssohn modeled this string quartet after Beethoven's Op. 132 00h:00m:00s
Bt movie not in use Viola is responsible for the build up in this section; viola must dominate more 00h:00m:27s
Bt movie not in use Build up must be consistent and carefully graded 00h:01m:17s
Bt movie not in use 2nd violin should not slow down while leading the 1st violin back to the return 00h:02m:19s
Bt movie not in use Viola could stay in the lower third of the bow 00h:02m:41s
Bt movie not in use In this section, the beauty of sound is not as important as the intensity of the message 00h:02m:54s
Bt movie not in use Do not be afraid to experiment and exaggerate the range of expression 00h:04m:34s

From the Misha Elman Studio at Manhattan School of Music, David Geber coaches Sibelius Academy students Oskari Eirola (violin), Elina Päkkilä (violin), Hanna Pakkala (viola), and Liina-Mari Raivola (cello) on the first movement of Mendelssohn's String Quartet No. 2 in A Minor.

Felix Mendelssohn


Cello, Viola, and Violin

Recorded Date: 14-01-2015

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David Geber

Cellist David Geber, Vice Provost and Dean of Artistic Affairs at Manhattan School of Music, had his early musical training in Los Angeles, where he was raised in a family of professional cellists. He studied at the Eastman School of Music and the Juilliard School, from which he holds Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees. His principal teachers included Claus Adam and Ronald Leonard. Mr. Geber has been the recipient of numerous cello and chamber music awards, including the Walter W. Naumburg Award and the Coleman Chamber Music Prize. He has appeared as soloist at Tanglewood and Aspen, as well as with the Philadelphia Orchestra and Montreal Symphony. A strong supporter of new music, he has premiered numerous works for cello as well as varied chamber music combinations. As a founding member of the American String Quartet, he concertized with that ensemble for twenty-eight years, giving up to 100 annual concerts and performing regularly in most major musical centers of the world. In 2002, Mr. Geber retired from the Quartet, in order to direct more attention to music administration and teaching.

As Vice Provost and Dean of Artistic Affairs at Manhattan School of Music, Mr. Geber is responsible for all instrumental departments and related performance areas. A member of the Manhattan School of Music College faculty since 1984 and of the Precollege faculty since 2004, he also maintains summer teaching and performing affiliations with Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara and the Tanglewood Music Center and is a faculty member with DeTao Masters Academy in China. He has recorded for Albany Records, Capstone Records, CRI, Musical Heritage Society, New World Records, Nonesuch Records, and RCA. Mr. Geber frequently gives recitals and master classes in North America and has adjudicated for major international string competitions including Bordeaux, Evian, and Naumburg. He is on the Board of Directors of the Walter W. Naumburg Foundation and the American Friends of Kronberg Academy. His cello is a rare G.B. Ruggieri, made in Cremona in 1667.