US violinist and pedagogue Charles Sherba died on 19 April after a two-year battle with cancer. He was 62. Sherba served for 27 seasons as concertmaster of the Rhode Island Philharmonic and had been a teaching associate in the music department of Brown University since 1986. He also taught at the Philharmonic’s music school, based in Providence.
Born in 1952, Sherba studied at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, where he served as assistant to violinist Leonard Sorkin. Among his other tutors during his lifetime were Zinaida Gilels, Burton Kaplan, Samuel Magad, Abram Loft, Sidney Harth and Philipp Naegele.
In his career, Sherba was concertmaster of the West Virginia Symphony, Atlanta Ballet, and the Atlanta Chamber Orchestra. Since 2004 he was also concertmaster of the Simon Sinfonietta chamber group in Massachusetts. With his wife, violist Consuelo Sherba, he co-founded Aurea, a chamber ensemble that combined elements of movement, puppetry and spoken word into its performances. He was also a founder member and first violinist of the Charleston Quartet, with which he played for 17 years.
David Beauchesne, the Philharmonic’s executive director, said that Sherba’s ‘great legacy to our orchestra and music school speaks volumes to the love of music he shared with all of us, and is one that will be remembered and honored for years to come’.
Sherba had three children and was the brother of Kronos Quartet second violinist John Sherba.