Gear, George Frederick


English concert pianist and composer, was the son of Henry Handel Gear, a professional musician, active as a vocal teacher, organist and church composer. George Frederick Gear was born in London, studied under J. F. Barnett and Dr. Wylde, and secured in 1872 a scholarship at the London Academy of Music, where he won medals in piano and harmony, and later became a professor. He was also an associate of the Philharmonic Society, a member of several other musical societies, and directed the German Reed Company from 1876 to 1892. He composed a string quartet; two sonatas for piano; two operettas, A Water Cure, and Hobbies; a scene for soprano voice and orchestra; and a number of songs.