Meet our Musicians: Gerald Mordis
Gerald Mordis, or Gerry (as he is known to his friends), is a Massachusetts native who has been playing the violin for most of his life. Gerry recalls the first violin he ever had and tells the story with a jovial enthusiasm that suggests this was the most important moment of his life.
“My dad worked at a pharmacy and I used to sing there to entertain the customers,” Gerry said. “I remember one day a man came in who was impressed by my performance.” Gerry remembers the next moment very well. The man complemented Gerry’s father saying, “your boy’s got talent“. The man left the store but returned a short time later with a violin to give as a gift to the talented young singer. Gerry was 9-years-old at the time. His father had the instrument strung and tuned; Gerry has been playing violin ever since.
Like all of our musicians, Gerry is classically trained but he loves to dabble in other genres and expressed that playing jazz violin is one of his favorite past times. He has performed in a wide array of venues ranging from the Hatch Shell and Symphony Hall to small home parties and has even appeared as a strolling violinist on cruises. Gerry has his Professional Certificate in Violin Performance from Hartt College of Music and is a Fellow at Tanglewood Music Center. He has completed violin studies with Joseph Silverstein, Roger Shermont, Joseph McGauley, Sarah Scrivens, Renato Bonnacini, and Victor Yampolsky.
In addition to playing with the Boston Landmarks Orchestra Gerry is also First Violin with the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra, the Boston Ballet and the Boston Lyric Opera. He sure has come a long way since his days of singing in front of the soda fountain.
In fact, Gerry’s performance history is quite remarkable. He has performed with many groups over the years including The New Hampshire Symphony Orchestra, Springfield Symphony Orchestra, Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra, Portland Symphony Orchestra, Nashua Symphony Orchestra, Symphony by the Sea Orchestra – Marblehead, Granite State Symphony Orchestra, and the Worcester Symphony Orchestra. He also served as Concertmaster for the Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra.
Gerry has been on national and international tours and has performed at some of the most sought-after venues including Hollywood Bowl, Carnegie Hall, Suntory Hall – Tokyo, Wolftrapp, Ravinia, and Interlochen. Gerry has appeared as the soloist at the televised Boston Pops 4th of July performance on the esplanade and has also had solo performances at Symphony hall with Guster, Amanda Palmer, and in Riverdance and Itsbyn Reel both of which also included American and International tours.
You can hear Gerry in some of your favorite movies. He performed with the Boston Symphony Orchestra on movie soundtracks for Schindler’s List, Saving Private Ryan, and Blown Away. Gerry is a very versatile performer, in addition to his traditional classical experience he has performed for local rock legend Aerosmith in their music video Dream On and has been in over 100 Broadway musicals including The Phantom of the Opera, Miss Saigon and Chicago.
If you haven’t had the pleasure of seeing this wonderful musician in concert, never fear! He’ll be with us at the Hatch Shell all summer long.
The best part is, it’s free!