Title: Visiting Scholar, The Ariel Quartet (violin)
Office: Memorial Hall
Gershon Gerchikov, violinist and founding member of the award-winning Ariel String Quartet, earned his Bachelor of Music at the New England Conservatory under Miriam Fried, Donald Weilerstein and Lucy Chapman. In addition, he has studied with famed musicians such as Paul Katz (Cleveland String Quartet), Walter Levin (famed former CCM quartet-in-residence The LaSalle Quartet) and Itzhak Perlman. He is highly acclaimed as a soloist, having won the 2001 Violinists-Composers Competition (St. Petersburg, Russia) and making guest soloist appearances with the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, St. Petersburg Radio Orchestra and Yad Harif Chamber Orchestra.
As a member of the Ariel String Quartet (CCM String Quartet-in-Residence since 2012), Gerchikov has shared in winning the Cleveland Quartet Award, Grand Prize at the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition (South Bend, Ind.), First Prize International at the “Franz Schubert and the Music of Modernity” Competition (Graz, Austria) and 3rd prize at the Banff International String Quartet Competition (Banff, Alberta, Canada). (The group also received the Székely Prize at the Banff Competition for Bartók performance.) He has been honored to share the stage with notable performers including Menahem Pressler, Alisa Weilerstein, David Krakauer, the American String Quartet and the Jerusalem String Quartet. During their stay at CCM, they have had the honor of giving a complete performance of all of Beethoven's string quartets (dubbed "The Cycle") in early 2014.
Gerchikov and the other members of the Quartet are touring and concertizing extensively in North and South America, Canada, Europe, Israel and Asia; these travels have included multiple appearances in New York’s Carnegie Hall, 92nd Street Y and Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, as well as other prestigious American and international locations including The Kennedy Center for Performing Arts (Washington, D.C.), Kaisersaal (Frankfurt, Germany) and others.
For more information, please visit the Ariel String Quartet's website.