Considered one of the great pianists of our time, Jeffrey Biegel has created a multi-faceted career as a pianist, recording artist, composer and arranger. His electrifying technique and mesmerizing touch have received critical acclaim and garner praise worldwide. Known for his standard-setting performances of the standard repertoire, Mr. Biegel will perform two premieres during the 2013-14 season: Lucas Richman’s ‘Piano Concerto’ with the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, and, Jake Runestad’s ‘Dreams of the Fallen’ with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra and Symphony Chorus of New Orleans at the National WWII Museum on Veterans Day 2013. Highlights of recent performances include two world premieres with the Pacific Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Carl St. Clair: Richard Danielpour’s ‘Mirrors for Piano and Orchestra, and, William Bolcom’s ‘Prometheus for Piano, Orchestra and Chorus’, and a global webcast with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Leonard Slatkin conducting, in Beethoven’s “Choral Fantasy” and William Bolcom’s “Prometheus”. He performed the premiere of his adaptation of pop legend Neil Sedaka’s ‘Manhattan Intermezzo’ for piano and orchestra with Orchestra Kentucky, and performed the World Premiere of Ellen Taaffe Zwilich’s ‘Shadows’ for piano and orchestra, with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, commissioned by eight orchestras. His recent recordings include ‘A Grand Romance’ (2013), ‘A Steinway Christmas Album’ (2011) and, ‘Bach On A Steinway’ (2010) for the Steinway & Sons label; Leroy Anderson’s ‘Concerto in C’, conducted by Leonard Slatkin with the BBC Concert Orchestra, Ellen Taaffe Zwilich’s ‘Millennium Fantasy’ and ‘Peanuts Gallery’, a solo cd of Vivaldi’s ‘Four Seasons’ for Naxos; ‘Classical Carols’ for Koch and the Complete Sonatas by Mozart on the E1 label. His chamber music recordings with Trio21 include Kenneth Fuchs’ ‘Falling Trio’ based on the novel, “Falling Man” by Don DeLillo, for Naxos, and, Glen Roven’s musical adaptation of the classic children’s book, “Runaway Bunny”, with guest narrator, Welsh-born actress Catherine Zeta Jones.
The career of pianist Jeffrey Biegel has been marked by bold, creative achievements and highlighted by a series of firsts: He initiated the first live internet recitals in New York and Amsterdam in 1997 and 1998, and, in 1999, assembled the largest consortium of orchestras (over 25), to celebrate the millennium with a new concerto composed for him by Ellen Taaffe Zwilich, whose ‘Millennium Fantasy for Piano and Orchestra’ was premiered with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra in 2000. He also transcribed Balakirev’s ‘Islamey Fantasy’ for piano and orchestra, premiered with the American Symphony Orchestra in 2001, followed with Charles Strouse composing a new work titled ‘Concerto America’ for Mr. Biegel, premiered with the Boston Pops in 2002. He further arranged the piano part for Billy Joel’s ‘Symphonic Fantasies’ in 2006, with performances at the Eastern Music Festival, the Boris Brott Festival and with the Indianapolis, Harrisburg, and other US orchestras.
Until the age of three, Mr. Biegel could neither hear nor speak, until corrected by surgery. The ‘reverse Beethoven’ phenomenon can explain Mr. Biegel’s life in music, having heard only vibrations in his formative years. Born a second-generation American, Mr. Biegel’s roots are of Russian and Austrian heritage. A Russian cousin, pianist Herman Kosoff, emigrated to the United States in the early 20th century, and had studied with the great Leopold Godowsky in Austria.
Mr. Biegel’s published works include The World In Our Hands (Hal Leonard), Christmas In A Minute (Hal Leonard), The Twelve Days of Christmas (Hal Leonard), Hey Ho, the Wind and the Rain (Hal Leonard), Hanukah Fantasy (Hal Leonard), There Shines a Light Ahead (Porfiri & Horvath), Different Kind of Hero (Carl Fischer), and Four Psalms for Choir (LeDor Group).
Find out more at www.jeffreybiegel.com.