Gersh Geller, Saxophone
Prof. Geresh Geller was born in Almaty, the capital of Kazakhstan, on June 5, 1945. He studied music at music academy in his hometown, where after graduating, he joined as faculty and opened the first music class in Central Asia for clarinet, saxophone and chamber music studies. His students have won first prizes in national and international competitions all over Europe, many of them are active musicians around the world.
In May 1990 Prof. Geller immigrated to Israel. Upon his immigration he joined the clarinet and saxophone faculty at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance Conservatory. Later, he joined the faculty of the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance as well.
During the years he worked in Israel, he founded a large number of young saxophone ensembles, which recorded a number of CDs and were highly appreciated. More than one hundred of Prof. Geller's students have been awarded scholarships by the America-Israel Cultural Foundation and have won prizes in both national and international competitions, both as soloists and as part of chamber ensembles. In 2008, Prof. Geller founded the first saxophone festival in Israel and the competition within it. In July 2010, Prof. Geller received the Yuri Shtern Prize from the Ministry of Immigrant Absorption for music.