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Lowell Liebermann Biography

 
Birth Place:
New York City
Bio:
Lowell Liebermann – Biography Lowell Liebermann is one of America's most frequently performed and commissioned composers. Called by the New York Times “as much of a traditionalist as an innovator,” Mr. Liebermann’s music is known for its technical command and audience appeal. Multiple ... (read complete bio)
 

Birth Place: New York City

Bio:
Lowell Liebermann – Biography Lowell Liebermann is one of America's most frequently performed and commissioned composers. Called by the New York Times “as much of a traditionalist as an innovator,” Mr. Liebermann’s music is known for its technical command and audience appeal. Multiple ... (read complete bio)

Lowell Liebermann – Biography

Lowell Liebermann is one of America's most frequently performed and commissioned composers. Called by the New York Times “as much of a traditionalist as an innovator,” Mr. Liebermann’s music is known for its technical command and audience appeal. Multiple recordings of many of his works attest to the enthusiasm shared by performers and listeners for his music: the Sonata for Flute and Piano has been recorded sixteen times to date; the Gargoyles for piano eleven times; and the Concerto for Flute and Orchestra is available on four different releases.

Recent premieres include Liebermann’s second full-length opera “Miss Lonelyhearts,” to a libretto by J. D. McClatchy after the novel by Nathanael West. Commissioned by the Juilliard School as part of its centennial celebration, it was premiered on April 26th 2006 at the Peter Jay Sharp Theater at Lincoln Center to critical acclaim. Piano Concerto No.3, commissioned for pianist Jeffrey Biegel by a consortium of eighteen different orchestras both here and abroad, was premiered May 2006 with the Milwaukee Symphony conducted by Andreas Delfs. The group Concertante commissioned a new work to featuring violinist Xiao-Dong Wang. Upcoming premieres include two sting quartets for the Orion and Ying Quartets and new works for horn player Leslie Norton and pianist Nadejda Vlaeva.

Recent seasons heard the premieres of several major Liebermann compositions. His Concerto for Orchestra was commissioned and premiered by the Toledo Symphony under the baton of Grant Llewellyn, and later recorded by Llewellyn with the BBC Symphony for CD release. Stephen Hough and the Indianapolis Symphony performed Liebermann's Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, which the orchestra commissioned to celebrate Raymond Leppard's farewell concert as conductor. Charles Dutoit and the Tokyo NHK Symphony gave the world premiere of Variations on a Theme of Mozart, commissioned to commemorate the orchestra's seventy-fifth anniversary, and also recorded by the BBC Symphony. The New York Philharmonic and principal trumpet Philip Smith presented the premiere of Mr. Liebermann's Concerto for Trumpet and Orchestra, which the Wall Street Journal described as "balancing bravura and a wealth of attractive musical ideas to create a score that invites repeated listening. [Liebermann] is a masterful orchestrator, and just from this standpoint the opening of the new concerto is immediately arresting," also noting that the "rousing conclusion brought down the house."

In 2001 Mr. Liebermann was awarded the first American Composers' Invitational Award by the 11th Van Cliburn Competition after the majority of finalists chose to perform his Three Impromptus, which were selected from works submitted by forty-two contemporary composers. In an interview with newscaster Sam Donaldson, Van Cliburn himself described Mr. Liebermann as “a wonderful pianist and a fabulous composer.”

Liebermann's Symphony No. 2 was premiered in February 2000 by the Dallas Symphony and Chorus, under the direction of Andrew Litton. Time magazine wrote, "Now brazen and glittering, now radiantly visionary, the Liebermann Second, a resplendent choral symphony, is the work of a composer unafraid of grand gestures and openhearted lyricism." Mr. Litton and the DSO recorded the symphony and the Liebermann Concerto for Flute and Orchestra for Delos, with Eugenia Zukerman the soloist. In February 2001, the Dallas Symphony gave the New York premiere of Liebermann's Piano Concerto No. 2 at Carnegie Hall, with Stephen Hough as soloist. Stephen Wigler of the Baltimore Sun found the concerto to be "perhaps the best piece in the genre since Samuel Barber's concerto." John Ardoin, of the Dallas Morning News, described the work as "more than a knockout; it is among the best works of its kind in this century." Stephen Hough's recording of the concerto -- conducted by the composer -- received a 1998 Grammy Award nomination for Best Contemporary Classical Composition.

In May 1996, Mr. Liebermann's opera based on Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray was premiered at the L'Opéra de Monte-Carlo. This commission was the first by an American composer in the company's history. After the opera's American premiere in February 1999 at Milwaukee's Florentine Opera, the New York Times commented, "Musically and dramatically, Mr. Liebermann's work is effective; as a first opera, it is remarkable." The Picture of Dorian Gray is scheduled to be presented in June of 2007 at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia in a new reduced orchestration commissioned by Center City Opera Theater.

James Galway has commissioned three works from Mr. Liebermann: the Concerto for Flute and Orchestra, the Concerto for Flute, Harp and Orchestra, and Trio No. 1 for Flute, Cello and Piano. Mr. Galway premiered the Flute Concerto in 1992 with the St. Louis Symphony and the double concerto with the Minnesota Orchestra in 1995. That same year, Mr. Galway performed the Flute Concerto with James Levine and the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra at Carnegie Hall. Mr. Galway recorded both works, along with Mr. Liebermann's Concerto for Piccolo and Orchestra, for BMG, with Mr. Liebermann conducting.

Mr. Liebermann acted as Composer-in-Residence for the Dallas Symphony Orchestra until 2002. He filled the same role for Sapporo's Pacific Music Festival and for the Saratoga Performing Arts Center. His tenure in Saratoga lead to the commission of the Concerto for Violin and Orchestra, which was premiered by Chantal Juillet and the Philadelphia Orchestra under the direction of Charles Dutoit.

Recent recording releases on the Koch and Arabesque labels include Mr. Liebermann's complete piano music performed by David Korevaar, his complete chamber music for flute, and the complete songs for tenor and piano with Robert White and Liebermann at the piano. Additional recordings of Mr. Liebermann's music are available on Hyperion, Virgin Classics, Albany, New World Records, Centaur, Cambria, Musical Heritage Society, Intim Musik, Opus One and others.

Orchestras worldwide have performed Liebermann's works, including the New York Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, L'Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, the Tokyo NHK Symphony, L'Orchestre National de France, and the symphonies of Dallas, Baltimore, Seattle, St. Louis, Cincinnati, and Minnesota. Among the artists who have performed Liebermann's works are James Galway, Charles Dutoit, Stephen Hough, Kurt Masur, Joshua Bell, Hans Vonk, Steven Isserlis, Andrew Litton, Susan Graham, David Zinman, Jesus Lopez-Cobos, Paula Robison, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Steuart Bedford, and Jean-Yves Thibaudet.

Mr. Liebermann maintains an active performing schedule as pianist and conductor. He has collaborated with such distinguished artists as flautists James Galway and Jeffrey Khaner, violinists Chantal Juillet, Mark Peskanov and Eric Grossman, singers Robert White and Carole Farley and cellist Andres Diaz. He performed the world premiere of Ned Rorem's "Pas de Trois" for Oboe, Violin and Piano at the Saratoga Chamber Music Festival. In 2002 he made his Berlin Philharmonie debut performing his Piano Quintet with members of the Berlin Philharmonic. On February 22nd of 2006, Mr. Liebermann’s 45th birthday, the Van Cliburn Foundation presented a highly successful all-Liebermann concert as part of their “Modern at the Modern” series, with the composer at the piano and featuring the premiere of Liebermann’s 3rd Cello Sonata. After a highly successful engagement which included Saint-Saens’ Sonata in d minor for Violin and Piano as well as Mr. Liebermann’s own Violin Sonata, Mr. Liebermann was invited to return to perform the complete Mozart Sonatas for Violin and Piano with violinist Eric Grossman at the Detroit Art Institute as part of their Mozart anniversary season.

Lowell Liebermann was born in New York City in 1961. He began piano studies at the age of eight, and composition studies at fourteen. He made his performing debut two years later at Carnegie Recital Hall, playing his Piano Sonata, Op.1, which he composed when he was fifteen. He holds bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees from the Juilliard School of Music. Among his many awards is a Charles Ives Fellowship from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters as well as awards from BMI ands ASCAP. Theodore Presser Company is the exclusive publisher of Mr. Liebermann's music.