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Lowell Liebermann


Lowell Liebermann was born in New York City on February 22, 1961. He began piano studies when he was eight and formal composition studies when he was fourteen. His Piano Sonata,

Op. 1, was written when he was fifteen, and it was with this piece that he made his performing debut a year later at Carnegie Recital Hall. He graduated from the Juilliard School in 1987 with a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree. His teachers included David Diamond and Vincent Persichetti in composition and Jacob Lateiner in piano. He studied conducting with Laszlo Halasz and continues to be active as a pianist and conductor both in concerts and recordings.

Many renowned artists have performed his music, including James Galway, James Levine, Steuart Bedford, David Zinman, Jesus Lopez-Cobos, Joshua Bell, Jean-Ives Thibaudet and countless others. Recordings of his works are currently available on Virgin Classics, New World Records, Centaur Cambria, Musical Heritage Society, Intim Musik Opus One and now Hyperion. His works are published exclusively by Theodore Presser Company.

Liebermann’s Second Piano Concerto was commissioned by the Steinway Foundation and premiered by Stephen Hough and the National Symphony conducted by Mstislav Rostropovich. His Flute Concerto was commissioned by James Galway and first performed by him with the St. Louis Symphony under Leonard Slatkin. In May 1996&##44; his two-act opera based on Oscar Wilde’s

The Picture of Dorian Gray was premiered by L’Opéra de Monte Carlo, who commissioned the work, to great and popular critical acclaim. This opera was not only the first American opera commissioned by them, but also the first to be performed there.

Liebermann’s many honors include a Charles Ives Fellowship from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters and awards from ASCAP and BMI. In 1996 he was nominated for the Prix Oscar Wilde by L’Association Oscar Wilde for his opera.

Source: Hyperion liner notes