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Robert Gerle (1 April 1924 – 29 October 2005) was an American classical violinist and music educator of Hungarian origin.
Born in Abbazia, Gerle was a violin student of Géza de Kresz. He studied at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music and at the Hungarian National Conservatory. As a Jew he came during the Second World War to a labour camp, from which he fled in 1945. Via Paris he came to Luxembourg, where he worked for a short time as a radio soloist. In 1950 he came to the US as a scholarship holder of the University of Illinois. In the 1960s he appeared as a violin soloist in the US and Europe and recorded works by Ludwig van Beethoven, Samuel Barber and others.
For his performance of all Beethoven sonatas for violin and piano with his wife, the pianist Marilyn Neeley, he received an Emmy Award for television in 1970. In the same year he married Neeley. Gerle taught violin at the Peabody Institute in Baltimore and at the Mannes School of Music in New York. From 1972 he taught at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and at the Catholic University of America. He also conducted the Friday Morning Music Club and the Washington Sinfonia.
Gerle published the violin textbooks The Art of bowing practice (1983) and The Art of Bowing Practice (1991) as well as memoirs entitled Playing It by Heart: Wonderful Things Can Happen Any Day (2005).
Gere died in Hyattsville, Maryland, at age 79.
- Wilibald Gurlitt; Carl Dahlhaus (1972). "Gerle, Robert". Riemann Musik-Lexikon. In three volumes and two supplementary volumes. 4. Personenteil A–K (12th completely reworked ed.). Mainz: B. Schotts-Söhne. p. 416.
- Nicolas Slonimsky (1984). Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Musicians (7 ed.). London, New York, Toronto: Oxford University Press. p. 816. ISBN 0-19-311335-X.
- The art of bowing practice : the expressive bow technique on WorldCat
- The Art of Practicing the Violin on WorldCat
- Playing It by Heart: Wonderful Things Can Happen Any Day on WorldCat
- Concert Violinist Robert Gerle Dies, Washington Post, 31 October 2005
- Robert Gerle, concert violinist was a teacher and author; at 81, The Boston Globe, 4 November 2005
- Classical.net Violin Concerti Frederick Delius: Violin Concerto; Samuel Barber: Violin Concerto; Robert Gerle, violin; Vienna State Opera Orchestra/Robert Zeller
- Robert Gerle Papers in der Albin O. Kuhn Library & Gallery. University of Maryland, Baltimore County
- Foto Robert Gerle, Tournee Süd-Afrika, 1972
- Robert Gerle discography at Discogs