Gerry Saulter was born 13 May 1963 in New York. After receiving the Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music Performance from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, he earned a Master of Music Degree in Jazz Commercial Music Performance from Five Towns College. A pupil of guitarist Jerry Willard, Gerry has taken master classes with Carlos Barbosa-Lima, David Starobin, and Nikita Koshkin.
With flautist Michelle LaPorte he formed the Serenade Duo, which specializes in traditional and contemporary tonal art music. The Serenade Duo has toured extensively in North America and Europe, with major performances in a variety of venues, including the American Church in Paris, the United States Embassy and the New Zealand Embassy in Paris, the International School of Paris, the Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico in San Juan, Carnegie's Weill Recital Hall, and Merkin Concert Hall in New York City. They are also known to viewers from appearances on WLIW/PBS and News 12 Long Island in New York.
Gerry has received accolades, honors, and awards from many sources. Among them have been Artists International, the New York State Council of the Arts, Phi Sigma Eta, and Twentieth-Century Guitar Magazine. He holds the post of Professor of Guitar and Director of Private Instruction at Five Towns College, where he also serves as Director of The Fall Festival of Guitar. In addition to premiering new works by an international cadre of composers as part of the 2007 Delian Suite, he has given first performances of compositions by Carlos Barrientos, Michael Belajonas, Jill Miller-Thorn, Chuck Mymit, Alfred Townsend, and Michael Williamson. A member of the Guitar Foundation of America, Gerry has been endorsed by Aranjuez Strings and performs on fine guitars produced by Dieter Hopf and Jose Ramirez. His Centaur CD, titled Postcards from Paris features French compositions for flute and guitar. Recorded in collaboration with Michelle LaPorte, it has garnered highly favorable international attention.
Gerry summarizes the importance of tonal musical composition in the twenty-first century thus:
If music attempts to communicate like a language, then tonality would act as the verb "to be".