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School of Music Festival of Contemporary Art Music

Lowell Liebermann

Lowell Liebermann is one of America’s most frequently performed and recorded composers. Orchestras worldwide have played Liebermann’s works, as have distinguished artists including Sir James Galway, Steven Isserlis, Susan Graham, Charles Dutoit, James Levine, Andrew Litton, Msistislav Rostropovich, and many others.

His compositions have been released on compact disc by more than 40 labels. His Piano Concerto No. 2, Op. 36, recorded by Stephen Hough and the BBC Scottish Symphony with the composer conducting, received a Grammy nomination for “Best Contemporary Classical Composition.”

Liebermann has written two operas, both premiered to great audience and critical acclaim: The Picture of Dorian Gray, commissioned and premiered by the Monte-Carlo Opera, and Miss Lonelyhearts, with a libretto by J. D. McClatchy after Nathanael West’s novel, commissioned by the Juilliard School to celebrate its 100th anniversary.

He has served as composer-in-residence for many organizations, including the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Sapporo’s Pacific Music Festival, and the Saratoga Performing Arts Center. He was the first composer to win the Composers’ Invitational Award of the Van Cliburn Piano Competition for his Three Impromptus, Op. 68.

Liebermann maintains an active performing schedule as pianist and conductor. He has collaborated with distinguished artists such as flautists Sir James Galway and Jeffrey Khaner, violinist Chantal Juillet, cellist Andres Diaz, and singers Robert White and Carole Farley in venues such as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, London’s Wigmore Hall, and the Berlin Philharmonie.