Having created a multi-faceted career as a pianist, recording artist, composer and arranger, Jeffrey Biegel has received international critical acclaim for his electrifying technique and mesmerizing touch. Known for his standard-setting performances of the standard repertoire, Mr. Biegel’s recent recordings include Leroy Anderson’s Concerto in C, conducted by Leonard Slatkin with the BBC Concert Orchestra (Naxos), Ellen Taaffe Zwilich’s Millennium Fantasy and Peanuts Gallery with the Florida State University Orchestra (Naxos), Vivaldi’s Four Seasons (Naxos),Classical Carols (Koch), as well as the Complete Sonatas by Mozart (E1). Most recently, he recorded an all-Bach CD with Grammy-winning producer Steven Epstein for a late 2010 release on the new Steinway and Sons label.
In 2010, Mr. Biegel is performing two world premieres with the Pacific Symphony Orchestra: Richard Danielpour’s Mirrors for Piano and Orchestra and William Bolcom’s Prometheus for Piano, Orchestra, and Chorus. Mr. Biegel currently is assembling a global project to commission Ellen Taaffe Zwilich’s next work for piano and orchestra. Mr. Biegel’s newly created Trio21, featuring violinist Judy Kang and cellist Robert deMaine, will begin their inaugural season with performances of a new work commissioned by the celebrated composer Kenneth Fuchs.
Jeffrey Biegel’s career has been marked by bold, creative achievements. In the late 90s, he initiated the first live internet recitals in New York and Amsterdam, and he assembled a consortium of more than 25 orchestras to celebrate the millennium with the premiere of Ellen Taaffe Zwilich’s Millennium Fantasy for Piano and Orchestra. In 2006, Mr. Biegel joined 18 co-commissioning orchestras for Lowell Liebermann’s Concerto no. 3 for Piano and Orchestra, which was composed exclusively for him. He has played premieres of new works and arrangements with the Boston Pops, New York Pops, the American Symphony Orchestra, the Eastern Music Festival Orchestra, as well as the symphony orchestras of Minnesota, Indianapolis, and Harrisburg, among others.
Mr. Biegel is a second-generation American with Russian and Austrian roots. He was unable to hear or speak prior to surgery at the age of three. This ‘reverse Beethoven’ phenomenon, of hearing only vibrations in his formative years, informs Mr. Biegel’s life in music.
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), Different Kind of Hero (Carl Fischer), and Elegy of Anne Boleyn (Carl Fischer).
For more information about Mr. Biegel, visit his website at http://www.jeffreybiegel.com.