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Lowell Liebermann Joins Mannes Faculty

July 18, 2012 | By Ben Solis
Assistant to the Dean
Mannes College The New School for Music is pleased to announce the appointment of Lowell Liebermann to its college faculty. In addition to private teaching of composition majors, Mr. Liebermann will conduct MACE (Mannes American Contemporary Ensemble) a new large ensemble that will focus on contemporary music.

“I was really taken by the positive community at Mannes during my residency last year and am impressed by the direction Mannes is taking, particularly in its new focus on contemporary music,” offered Liebermann.

Lowell Liebermann joins Mannes College as one of America’s most frequently performed and recorded composers, with a long list of world-class ensembles that have championed his music, including The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, St. Louis Symphony, New York Philharmonic, the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, 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 many artists who have performed Liebermann's works are Sir James Galway, Charles Dutoit, Garrick Ohlsson, Andreas Delfs, the Beaux Arts Trio, Raymond Leppard, Stephen Hough, Ida Kavafian, Kurt Masur, Joshua Bell, the Orion Quartet, the Ying Quartet, Hans Vonk, Steven Isserlis, Andrew Litton, Susan Graham, Edo de Waart, David Zinman, Jesus Lopez-Cobos, Paula Robison, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Steuart Bedford, and Jean-Yves Thibaudet.

“We are all absolutely thrilled that Lowell has agreed to join the faculty. He’s a wonderful composer and musician, and as last year’s composer in residence at Mannes, Lowell was a huge success. He is going to be a great new asset for Mannes and The New School, and everyone here is excited to be working with him on a regular basis,” said Richard Kessler, Dean of Mannes.

Mr. 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.

Sought after as a resident artist, Liebermann has been composer in residence with 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 .

Mr. Liebermann maintains an active performing schedule as pianist and conductor. He has collaborated with distinguished artists such as flutists 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.

Mr. Liebermann holds bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees from Juilliard. Among his many awards is a Charles Ives Fellowship from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters as well as awards from ASCAP and BMI. In 1998 Lowell Liebermann’s Piano Concerto No.2, Op.36, recorded by Stephen Hough and the BBC Scottish Symphony with the composer conducting, received a 1998 Grammy nomination for “Best Contemporary Classical Composition.”

A “Steinway Artist,” Lowell Liebermann is a member of ASCAP and is published by Theodore Presser Company.

Composition has been taught at Mannes since its founding and early on became a home for composers such as Ernest Bloch, Georges Enesco, and Bohuslav Martinu, Liebermann will join a composition faculty at Mannes that includes Robert Cuckson, Mario Davidovsky, Leo Edwards, David Loeb, Paul Moravec, and David Tcimpidis.

For more information on Lowell Liebermann, visit: http://www.lowellliebermann.com

About Mannes College The New School for Music

Mannes College The New School for Music develops the next generation of classical music citizens by combining the music conservatory traditions with the cutting-edge advantage of being part of The New School, the nation's foremost progressive university.

Founded in 1916, the Mannes formula for quality education has capitalized on its world-class faculty, location in the heart of the global arts capital, small class size, and a living tradition of rigor and depth that develops strong technique and great artistry. The Mannes ethos forms the basis of a vibrant community, whether you are a degree or diploma student in the College or Extension divisions, or a young person studying in Mannes Prep.

In this second decade of the 21st century, when demands on artists are greater and more complex than ever, Mannes is committed to providing a wide range of exciting learning and knowledge building through its sister divisions of The New School, including one of the world’s great design schools, Parsons The New School for Design; the liberal arts at Eugene Lang College; public policy, business, and civic engagement in The New School for Public Engagement; and cross disciplinary arts learning at The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music and The New School for Drama.

For more information on Mannes and The New School visit http://www.newschool.edu/mannes.

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