Fritz Gearhart

Fritz Gerhard, ViolinCurrently a faculty member at the University of Oregon School of Music, Gearhart has taught at the university level since 1990, including previous appointments at East Carolina University and Indiana University at South Bend. Gearhart has been a featured clinician at music conventions and workshops for MENC, ASTA, and NSOA, and has presented master classes at music schools all around the country, including Texas Christian University, Boise State University, Ithaca College, University of Oklahoma, Eastman School of Music, and the Hartt School, among many others. He is a frequent adjudicator, and was a judge for the National Fischoff Competition in 2008. Gearhart has been a featured clinician at several national conventions including ASTA in Detroit, Kansas City and Santa Clara, CA where he was also the featured chamber music coach. In addition to his many performing and teaching activities, Gearhart has also appeared as a guest conductor at several string festivals around the country, including South Carolina All-State String Orchestra, Northern Virginia Honors Orchestra, Wyoming String Clinic, and All-City Strings in Salem, OR. Gearhart is currently on the summer faculty of the Marrowstone Music Festival in Bellingham Washington, and the Chamber Music Camp of Portland.Fritz Gerhard, Marrowstone 2014

As a violinist, Gearhart has appeared in major halls around the country including the Kennedy Center, the 92nd Street Y in NYC, Alice Tully Hall, and Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie (six times since 1998). He is heard frequently on National Public Radio, including past live broadcasts on WFMT Chicago, WQXR in New York as well as Public Radio’s nationally syndicated program Performance Today. A sampling from the press: “…a sizzling performance…”(The Wall Street Journal),  “…supple and imaginative…”(The New York Times), “…a superlative evening of musicmaking…”(New York Concert Review), and “Gearhart is a bold assertive player…”(Strad). Gearhart has made numerous recording, and has been released on Albany, Koch Entertainment and Centaur Records. His 2014 release on Centaur Records features the music of his father, Livingston Gearhart.