Archive for July, 2005

Having had the pleasure to record Lalo Schifrin’s Second Piano Concerto with Lalo conducting, I am deeply honored by his desire to compose his Third Concerto for me. Of course, now comes the daunting and challenging task to organize the project set for premieres in the 2008-09 season, though with Lalo’s global presence through his acclaimed ‘Jazz Meets the Symphony’, I anticipate interest on the various continents his music has been embraced. Please feel free to be in touch if this project might be of interest. Wishing you a happy summer,


Veteran Composer Lalo Schifrin and Jeffrey Biegel Team for Concerto Project
By Naturally Sharp Inc.
July 11, 2005

Following the collaboration of veteran composer, Lalo Schifrin, and pianist Jeffrey Biegel in a recording of Schifrin’s “Concerto no. 2 ‘The Americas’” with the Bayerischer Rundfunk in Germany, with Schifrin conducting, the two artists have discussed a new concerto project for the 2008-09 season. Mr. Schifrin has expressed his interest to compose his next major work for piano and orchestra titled, ‘Concerto no. 3 for Piano and Orchestra’ exclusively for Mr. Biegel, who has organized projects and has performed new works by Ellen Taaffe Zwilich, Charles Strouse, Lowell Liebermann (‘Concerto no. 3′ global project for 2006-07-08) and Richard Danielpour (‘Concerto for Piano and Percussion’ with Nexus in 2006-07).

Lalo Schifrin is a true Renaissance man. As a pianist, composer and conductor, he is equally at home conducting a symphony orchestra, performing at an international jazz festival, scoring a film or television show, or creating works for the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, the London Philharmonic and even The Sultan of Oman. His music is a synthesis of traditional and twentieth-century techniques, and his early love for jazz and rhythm are strong attributes of his style. “Invocations,” “Concerto for Double Bass,” “Piano Concertos No. 1 and No. 2,” “Pulsations,” “Tropicos,” “La Nouvelle Orleans,” and “Resonances” are examples of this tendency to juxtapose universal thoughts with a kind of elaborated primitivism. In the classical composition field, Schifrin has more than 60 works.

He has written more than 100 scores for films and television. Among the classic scores are “Mission Impossible,” “Mannix,” “The Fox,” “Cool Hand Luke,” “Bullitt,” “Dirty Harry,” “The Cincinnati Kid,” and “Amityville Horror.” Recent film scores include “Tango,” “Rush Hour,” “Rush Hour 2,” “Bringing Down The House,”, “The Bridge of San Luis Rey,” “After the Sunset,” and “Abominable.”

To date, Lalo Schifrin has won four Grammy Awards (with twenty-one nominations), one Cable ACE Award, and received six Oscar nominations.

Among Schifrin?s other conducting credits are the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the London Symphony Orchestra, the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Israel Philharmonic, the Mexico Philharmonic, the Houston Symphony Orchestra, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, the Mexico City Philharmonic, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra of Saint Luke (New York City), and the National Symphony Orchestra of Argentina.

His “Concerto for Guitar and Orchestra,” was recorded by the London Philharmonic Orchestra featuring soloist Angel Romero. “Dances Concertantes” for clarinet and orchestra which he conducted at the Pyramids of Teotihuacan in Mexico with Placido Domingo as the tenor soloist. The event was telecast in 1989. In 1999, this concert was released on CD, DVD and VHS.

Schifrin was commissioned by the Steinway Foundation to write his “Piano Concerto No. 2,” which was premiered by the National Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Mstislav Rostropovich, in Washington, D.C. at the Kennedy Center on June 11, 1992, featuring Cristina Ortiz as the soloist. The full-length concert is featured in a film score CD “Something to Believe In” with Jeffrey Biegel and the Munich Rundfunk Orchestra.

In that year, he also produced, conducted and arranged a CD featuring Jose Carreras with the London Symphony Orchestra: “Friends for Life.” Among Schifrin’s most recent commissions include “Fantasy for Screenplay and Orchestra” for Daniel Barenboim and the Chicago Symphony, premiered in 2002-2003 season, and Symphonic Impressions of Oman, which was commissioned by the Sultan of Oman, recorded in England with the London Symphony Orchestra, and released by Aleph Records in 2003. His recent key appearances in 2003 include Schifrin with the Georgian State Symphony Orchestra; with The Moscow Symphony Orchestra and with the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande in Geneva, Switzerland.

Lalo Schifrin has been appointed “Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et Lettres,” one of the highest distinctions granted by France’s Minister of Culture, which in this case was Mr. Jack Lang.

For more information about Mr. Schifrin, please visit his web site

Jeffrey Biegel has become a foremost interpreter of the standard repertoire and a pioneer in new projects, having performed the first live internet concerts and premieres of several new works for piano and orchestra. He is in demand as a soloist, teacher and chamber music collaborator. In addition he has also composed new music for choir available at and has arranged and recorded his own solo transcriptions of ‘The Best of David Foster’ for PianoDisc and ‘The Best of Josh Groban’ to be released by PianoDisc in late 2005. For more information about Mr. Biegel, you can visit his web site
For information about the Lalo Schifrin Piano Concerto Project, please contact Monica Robinson at or 1-914-962-6062.

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Lowell Liebermann Third Piano Concerto Project Expands to Scandinavia
By Naturally Sharp Inc.
July 9, 2005

With the cooperation of Hans Barksjo, Managing Director of the Norrkoping Symphony Orchestra in Sweden, Lowell Liebermann’s “Concerto no. 3 for Piano and Orchestra” will receive its Scandinavian Premiere in 2007 with guest pianist, Jeffrey Biegel. This is in addition to the European Premiere with the Schleswig Holstein Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Gerard Oskamp, February 6-9, 2007, the Canadian Premiere with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra on February 16, 2007, plus 17 co-commissioning orchestras in the USA. The World Premiere has been scheduled with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Andreas Delfs, Music Director, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on May 12-14, 2006. This is an ongoing worldwide project which plans to bring the new work to countries throughout the world during the project’s exclusivity period through 2008.

This new work is being commissioned by an international consortium of orchestras, which will perform the work with Mr. Biegel as soloist during the 2006-07-08 seasons. Mr. Liebermann envisions Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 3 as being approximately 25-30 minutes in duration. Each co-commissioning orchestra in the US has the distinction of performing the state premiere during the exclusivity period. This project is being produced in cooperation with the American Music Center, a non-profit organization, with additional support toward the international events from Isa and Marvin Leibowitz, the Weigand Family Foundation and Mr. and Mrs. Cy Leslie.

The following is a list of co-commissioning orchestras:

Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra (World Premiere)–Andreas Delfs;

Schleswig Holstein Symphony Orchestra (European Premiere)–Gerard Oskamp;

San Diego Symphony (CA)–(West Coast Premiere)–Jahja Ling;

Anchorage Symphony Orchestra (Alaska)–(Pacific Northwest Premiere)–Randall Craig Fleischer;

Colorado Symphony–Jeffrey Kahane;

Louisiana Philharmonic–Carlos Miguel Prieto;

Huntsville Symphony Orchestra (AL)–Carlos Miguel Prieto;

Hartford Symphony Orchestra (CT)–Edward Cumming;

South Dakota Symphony–Delta David Gier;

New Mexico Symphony Orchestra–Guillermo Figueroa;

Columbus Symphony Orchestra (GA)–George Del Gobbo;

Springfield Symphony Orchestra (MA)–Kevin Rhodes;

Knoxville Symphony Orchestra (TN)–Lucas Richman;

Mansfield Symphony Orchestra (OH)–Robert J. Franz;

South Bend Symphony Orchestra (IN)–Tsung Yeh;

Traverse Symphony Orchestra (MI)–Kevin Rhodes;

Glens Falls Symphony Orchestra (NY)–Charles Peltz;

Key West Symphony Orchestra (FL)–Sebrina Alfonso.

For further information about the project, please contact Monica Robinson, Ltd. at 914-962-6062 or by email at You can also visit her online at

Mr. Biegel has been the focus of two previous orchestral commissioning consortiums: Pulitzer Prize Winner Ellen Taaffe Zwilich’s Millennium Fantasy for Piano and Orchestra – Premiered in September, 2000 with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra conducted by Jesus Lopez-Cobos and performed by Mr. Biegel with 27 consortium member orchestras throughout the United States during the 2000-05 seasons, and Broadway legend Charles Strouse’s Concerto America for Piano and Orchestra.

In addition, American composer Richard Danielpour will compose a new work for Mr. Biegel, tentatively titled “Concerto for Piano & Percussion” (5 players and piano). This new composition is slated for premieres in the 2006-07 season with the esteemed Canadian percussion ensemble, Nexus. You can find much more about Mr. Biegel at his website –

Lowell Liebermann is one of today’s most widely performed and commissioned composers. Orchestras worldwide have championed Liebermann’s works, including the New York Philharmonic, 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 artists who have performed Liebermann’s works are James Galway, Charles Dutoit, Stephen Hough, Kurt Masur, Joshua Bell, Steven Isserlis, Andrew Litton, Susan Graham, David Zinman, Jesus Lopez-Cobos, Paula Robison, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Steuart Bedford, and Jean-Yves Thibaudet. Visit his website at

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