Dr. Fritz Gechter
Dr. Fritz Gechter
Associate Professor of Music
fgechter@tamiu.edu
Office: CFPA 233D
Phone: 956-326-2639

A native of Seattle, Washington, pianist Dr. Fritz Gechter has appeared as both soloist and collaborative artist in the U.S. and abroad.  In the States he has appeared as soloist with ensembles around the country, including the Spokane Symphony Orchestra, the Omaha Municipal Orchestra, the Laredo Philharmonic Orchestra and the McAllen Symphonic Band.  In 1996 he made his European debut collaborating with his wife, Suzanne Ramo (soprano), at Kloster Andechs, near Munich, Germany.  He has been a gold medal winner of several piano concerto competitions, including the Spokane Allied Arts Festival (1990) and The University of Texas at Austin Concerto Competition (1994). 

Residing in Laredo, Texas, Dr. Gechter is Associate Professor of Music/Piano in the Department of Fine and Performing Arts at Texas A&M International University (TAMIU) where he teaches applied piano, class piano and music theory.  He also holds a private piano studio and is pianist for Christ Church Episcopal.  An active soloist and collaborative artist in the Laredo area, he helped inaugurate Laredo's first Mozart Festival during the summer of 1998 with Mozart's famous Piano Sonata in A Major, K. 331.  In August 2003 Dr. Gechter collaborated with Mr. Richard Kilmer, violin, on the inaugural recital in TAMIU's newly built Recital Hall, and that November he performed Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 21 in C Major with the Omaha Municipal Orchestra.  In December 2004 Dr. Gechter appeared with the Texas A&M International University Symphonic Band performing George Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue.  Later, in February 2005, he took the Rhapsody on the road with the Band and toured six high schools in the South Texas Valley.  For the 2005/2006 academic year, Dr. Gechter was awarded Teacher of the Year by the College of Arts and Sciences. 

Dr. Gechter received his Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from Central Washington University where he studied with Peter Gries and John Pickett.  He received his Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees in Piano Performance from The University of Texas at Austin where he studied with Gregory Allen.

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