Teaching and research 2019-12-07T00:45:58+01:00

Teaching and research

Anzél Gerber has established herself as a sought-after cello teacher and presents master classes to students in Europe and Asia. She has been invited to serve on the faculty and jury at the Cremona International Music Academy and Competition in Italy since 2013.

Her keen interest in talent development of young cellists served as inspiration to undertake doctoral – and post-doctoral research in this field.

In 2008 Dr Gerber received her PhD Music (Performance) from Goldsmiths College, University of London, with Prof Alexander Ivashkin as her supervisor. Her PhD research entitled Critical success factors in cello training – a comparative study, involved cello training in Germany, Russia, the UK and the USA. In her study, Dr Gerber investigated the general progress of cello students during the first ten years of cello training in each of the above countries.

She developed a special interest in talent development of highly gifted young cellists and extended her research activities to conduct post-doctoral research at Temple University, Philadelphia, USA, with Prof Jeffrey Solow as supervisor. Her post-doctoral research report entitled Gifted music education: an international perspective, involved research on talent management of gifted young cellists between the ages of six and 17, at specialised music institutions in Japan, Korea, China, Russia, Austria, the UK and the USA. A framework for the development of gifted young cellists was constructed for international implementation.

“Also as a professional cellist, I always endeavour to improve my cello playing. On recommendation, I took master classes from the wonderful concert cellist, Anzél Gerber. Already during the first lesson, my playing improved beyond expectation. I could have never dreamt that deep-rooted technical problems, practiced for many years, could be so effectively solved. I am astonished how much my cello sound has improved!”
Cellist in Vienna
“Every lesson is interesting and enlightening. I learnt how to incorporate imagination in my performance and how to portray the music effectively when I perform. In addition dr. Gerber taught me how to make a beautiful sautille which is an important part of my bowing technique.”
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Cellist in Taipei
“Dr. Gerber is the kind of teacher who really cares about expression and sound production. She teaches me how to “sing” with the cello. She incorporates technique to serve as a vehicle to create your unique, individual artistic interpretation.”
Cellist in Cape Town
South Africa
“It felt like a whole new world had opened for me. During every lesson, dr. Gerber has inspired and motivated me to push my playing forward. The distance between us has not been a problem at all, because even through a screen (Skype), dr. Gerber can analyse what the problem is and how to solve it. Her kindness and support has helped me to believe in myself and that I can become the musician I want to be.”
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Cellist in Oslo
“I have had a wonderful experience working with dr. Gerber, both in person at several festivals, as well as with Skype lessons. She is especially attentive to conscientious physicality while playing, and the fact that she considers how technique must vary for the unique strengths and weaknesses of every person’s hands, is incredibly helpful.”
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Cellist in California