Gordon Epperson

Gordon Epperson is Professor Emeritus at the University of Arizona. He is a well-known cello teacher and author. He has written several books, including The Art of Cello Teaching. For eight years he was editor of the "Cellist's Forum" in American String Teacher magazine. He has released a cd of solo cello pieces by Ysaye, Crumb and Kodaly.

In his long and varied career, Epperson studied with Koussevitzky and Piatigorsky, then moved on to orchestral work. His orchestral post was with the Indianapolis Symphony, which was conducted by Fabien Sevitzky, Koussevitzky's nephew. Next he worked with Sir Thomas Beecham in Seattle, Washington, in 1943, during WW2, when he also worked nights in the Tacoma shipyards. After the war, Epperson studied at Eastman with Luigi Silva who became a good friend and ally. He recalls Silva as being a wizard technically, and an "etude fiend." Epperson continued his cello studies in Boston with Maurice Eisenberg and Sammy Mayes, principal of the Boston Orchestra.

Dr. Epperson is a Fulbright Fellow who has lectured internationally and published widely on aesthetics, including such influential books as The Musical Symbol: A Study of the Philosophic Theory of Music and The Mind of Edmund Gurney.

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