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composer , conductor , pianist

Lowell Liebermann, American Composer, pianist, conductor. Nominated for Grammay in 1997 for best classical contemporary composition for Piano Concerto Northern 2. Member American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, Corporation Yaddo (directory).


Liebermann, Lowell was born on February 22, 1961 in New York City.


He studied at the Juilliard School of Music with David Diamond and Vincent Persichetti, gaining bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees.


At the age of sixteen, Liebermann performed at Carnegie Hall, playing his Piano Sonata, op. 1. The English composer-pianist Kaikhosru Shapurji Sorabji also expressed interest in Liebermann's early work, having critiqued the young composer's Piano Sonata in a private exchange between the two. Liebermann's Concerto for Piano, op.

12 would be dedicated to Sorabji. His most recorded works are the Sonata for Flute and Piano (1987), the Gargoyles for piano (1989) and the Concerto for Flute and Orchestra (1992). Other notable works include a sonata for flute and guitar (1988), four cello sonatas (most recently 2008) the second piano concerto (1992), the opera The Picture of Dorian Gray (1996), a second symphony (2000), a trumpet concerto (2000), a violin concerto (2001), Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini for piano and orchestra (2001), and the opera Miss Lonelyhearts (2006) which was commissioned as part of the festivities surrounding the centennial of the Juilliard School.

He was also commissioned by the Dranoff International Two Piano Foundation to compose "Three Lullabies" for two pianos. His music combines elements of traditional tonality and structure with more adventurous harmonies. Liebermann's music is often highly polytonal and Liebermann explores different bitonal possibilities in many of his pieces.

His Concerto for Piccolo and Orchestra, Concerto for Flute and Orchestra, and Concerto for Flute, Harp and Orchestra have been recorded by James Galway. His Clarinet Concerto was recorded by American clarinetist Jon Manasse. The concerto made its New York premier on May 22, 2011 with Manasse and The Chappaqua Orchestra at Horace Greeley High School in Chappaqua, NY, Liebermann's alma mater.

Liebermann resides in New York City. He presently serves on the composition faculty at Mannes College The New School for Music, and is the director of the Mannes American Composers Ensemble.


  • Other Work

    • Composer (orchestra) War Songs for Bass Voice and Orchestra Operation 7, 1981, Concertino for Cello and Chamber Orchestra Operation 8, 1982, Symphony Northern 1 Operation 9 (BMI award, 1st prize Juilliard Orchestra Competition 1987), 1982, Three Poems of Stephen Crane Operation 11 for baritone, string orchestra, two horns, harp (Devora Nadworney award National Federal Music Clubs 1986) 1983, Concerto Northern 1 for Piano and Orchestra Operation 12, 1983, Sechs Gesaenge Nach Gedichten Von Nelly Sachs Operation 18 for soprano and orchestra, 1986, The Domain of Arnheim Operation 33, 1990, Concerto Northern 2 for Piano and Orchestra Operation 36, 1992, Flute Concerto Operation 39, 1992, Revelry for Orchestra Operation 47, 1995, Concerto for Flute, Harp, and Orchestra Operation 48, 1995. (opera) The Picture of Dorian Gray Operation 45, 1995, (chorus) Two Choral Elegies Operation 2 for SATB a capella (Fred Waring Choral award National Federal Music 1978), 1977, Missa Brevis Operation 15 for SATB chorus, tenor and baritone solos, organ (3d prize Church and Artist Composers Competition 1987), 1985. (piano solo) Piano Sonata Operation 1 (Outstanding Composition award Yamaha Music Foundation 1982, 1st prize National Composition Contest Music Teachers National Association 1978), 1977, Piano Sonata Northern 2 Sonata Notturna Operation 10, 1983, Variations on a Theme by Anton Bruckner Operation 19, 1987, Nocturne Northern 1 Operation 20, 1987, Four Apparitions Operation 17, 1987, others.

      (chamber music) Sonata for Violoncello and Piano Operation 3, 1978, Two Pieces for Violin and Viola Operation 4, 1978, Sonata for Viola and Piano Operation 13 (1st Place Victor Herbert/American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers awards National Federal Music Clubs 1986, Brian Israel prize Society for New Music 1986), 1984, Sonata for Contrabass and Piano Operation 24, 1987, Fantasy on a Fugue by J.S. Bach Operation 27 for flute, oboe, clarinet, horn, bassoon, piano, 1989, Quintet for Piano and Strings Operation 34 for piano and string quartet, 1989, Concert for Trumpet and Orchestra Operation 64, 1999, Symphony Northern 2 Operation 67, 1999, Three Imprompus Operation 68 )Grand prize Van Cliburn International Piano Competition 2001, First American Composers Invitational prize). Others. Recordings: Piano Concerto on Hyperion with pianist Stephen Hough, James Galway plays Lowell Liebermann on BMG Classics.

      Also organ music, voice and piano.


Member American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, Corporation Yaddo (directory).