Fredi Gerling, Professor of Music at Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, is an award winning violinist, conductor, and educator with several published articles. His extensive background in chamber music comes from his training at New England Conservatory in Boston, MA where he studied violin with Eric Rosemblith, and chamber music with Victor Rosembaum and Benjamin Zander. For many years he was also an active performer with chamber music groups in the east coast of the United States and Brazil. From 1989 to 1995, Dr. Gerling led the “Orquestra de Câmara Theatro São Pedro” string orchestra for seven very successful concert seasons.  During his tenure the orchestra produced recordings, toured the three Americas and Europe and collaborated with many international soloists.

In 2000, Dr. Gerling earned his doctoral degree at University of Iowa where he also studied conducting with James Dixon. During this time he was a visiting professor of violin at the UI as well as conductor of the Preucil School String Orchestra. In 2012 he was a visiting professor of violin and chamber music at the Peck School of Music in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. A frequent guest teacher, he has given master classes at the University of North Texas, University of Houston, Longy School of Music as well as at major universities in Brazil. In 2017 presented a workshop for ESTA in Aveiro, Portugal. He is conducting the Orquestra Sinfônica de Porto Alegre, in October 2019.