ANZEL GERBER (CELLO)
PhD Music (Performance Practice), FRSM
Anzel Gerber was born in Pretoria where she received her first cello lessons from Glenda Piek, and later, from Marian Lewin. In 1989 she won her first of several national competitions. In 1992 the South African Society for Music Teachers awarded her a scholarship to attend the Interlochen Arts Camp in Michigan, USA, where she was awarded the Howard Hanson scholarship for Outstanding Musicianship. As a member of the World Youth Symphony Orchestra, she worked with musicians such as Neemi Jarvi, and Itzhak Perlman.
From 1993 to 1995 she furthered her studies with Prof Alexander Fedortchenko (former teacher at the Gnessin special Music School and Moscow State Conservatory) in Oviédo, Spain. After he passed away she continued her studies from 1996 to 1998 under Alexander Kniazev at the Moscow State Conservatory. During the period, 2001 to 2008, Anzel returned to Moscow regularly to receive tuition from Prof Natalia Shakhovskaya, Head of the Cello Department of the Moscow State Conservatory. She also attended masterclasses, among others from David Geringas, Ralph Kirshbaum, Mstislav Rostropovich, Natalia Gutman and Karine Georgian.
Anzel has appeared as soloist with numerous orchestras, including the ‘Orquestra de Cámara Arché’ in Oviédo, Spain, as well as with major orchestras in South Africa and worked with conducters such as Gerhard Korsten, Leslie Dunner, Robert Maxim, Gordon Hunt, Cristopher Dowdeswell, Richard Cock and David Tidboald. She also performed in London, UK and Colmar, France, where the performance was broadcasted by the French television. In Vienna Anzel was invited to perform in various concerts with the world renowned Operetta singer, Renate Holm. She also performed in the Rachmaninov hall and the Maly hall of the Moscow State Conservatory.
She has performed with the internationally acclaimed organist, Herman Jordaan. The South African composer, Hendrik Hofmeyr who received the first prize in the Queen Elisabeth International Competition in Belgium in 1997, composed the Crucifixus for cello and organ for Anzel.
She was awarded a special prize at the Unisa International Strings Competition in 2002. During 2002 Anzél passed the Unisa Licentiate for Teachers with distinctinction and also was awarded the Fellowship of the Royal Schools of Music Diploma for Performers, also with distinction.
Anzel completed her PhD Music (Performance Practice) at Goldsmiths College, University of London in June 2008, with Prof Alexander Ivashkin as supervisor. The title of her thesis is “Critical success factors in cello training – a comparative study”.
She is actively involved in cello teaching. Her students range from beginners to undergraduates at the University of Pretoria
Anzel has embarked upon postdoctoral research on teaching the gifted cello student from an early age. This involves an in-depth analysis of the process of talent development and management.
In 2009 she was awarded a post-doctoral fellowship from the NRF to conduct research on talent assessment and management of gifted cellists in Europe, USA and East Asian countries. Her research will be hosted by Temple University, Philadelphia, USA , with Prof Jeffrey Solow (president of the American String Teachers Association) as supervisor.
Anzel gave master classes to gifted cello students from China, Korea, Spain, Germany and Russia.