Considered the most prolific artist of his generation, Moravian College in Bethlehem, PA,
conferred the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Humane Letters upon Mr. Biegel, for his
achievements in performance, recordings, chamber music, champion of new music,
composer, arranger and educator. In August 2017, Mr. Biegel records Kenneth
Fuchs's 'Piano Concerto: Spiritualist' with the London Symphony Orchestra at
Abbey Road Studios in August 2017, JoAnn Falletta conducting, for a Naxos recording,
and performs the World Premiere of Giovanni Allevi's 'Concerto for Piano and Orchestra'
with Orchestra Kentucky and in Milan's Teatro di Vermes. In March 2018, the new
"Peanuts Concerto" for piano and orchestra, will be available, created by
Grammy-award winning composer, Dick Tunney, based on the original music by
Vince Guaraldi. For 2018-19-20, Christopher Theofanidis's "Concerto for Piano,
Strings, Harp and Percussion" will be performed by commissioning orchestras as
part of a new consortium effort.
For the 2016-17-18 seasons, Mr. Biegel premieres pop music icon Jimmy Webb's
'Nocturne for Piano and Orchestra' with Orchestra Kentucky, and PDQ Bach's
'Concerto for Simply Grand Piano and Orchestra' by Peter Schickele with the Colorado
Symphony Orchestra. Pioneer of commissioning projects joining multiple orchestras as a
model for commissioning new music in the 21st century, Mr. Biegel created the first
largest consortium of orchestras in 1998 for Ellen Taaffe Zwilich's 'Millennium
Fantasy' premiered with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra in 2000, followed in
2002 with Tony award winning composer Charles Strouse's 'Concerto America'
with the Boston Pops, Lowell Liebermann's 'Concerto no. 3, Opus 95', premiered
with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra in 2006, William Bolcom's 'Prometheus'
for piano, orchestra and chorus, with the Pacific Symphony Orchestra and
Pacific Chorale (2010), Richard Danielpour's 'Mirrors' with the Pacific
Symphony Orchestra (2010), Ellen Taaffe Zwilich's 'Shadows' in 2011 with
the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, Jake Runestad's 'Dreams of the Fallen'
in 2013 with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra and Symphony Chorus of New
Orleans, Lucas Richman's 'Piano Concerto: In Truth' in 2013 with the Knoxville
Symphony Orchestra, recording in 2014 with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
for the Albany label, and Kenneth Fuchs's "Piano Concerto: 'Spiritualist'"
with the Springfield Symphony Orchestra (MA) in 2016. An avid composer, Mr.
Biegel's choral music is published by the Hal Leonard Corporation, Carl Fischer,
Porfiri & Horvath and The LeDor Group.
Leonard Bernstein said of pianist Jeffrey Biegel: "He played fantastic Liszt.
He is a splendid musician and a brilliant performer." These comments launched
Mr. Biegel's 1986 New York recital debut, as the third recipient of the Juilliard
William Petschek Piano Debut Award in Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall. He
studied at The Juilliard School with Adele Marcus, herself a pupil of Josef
Lhevinne and Artur Schnabel, and is currently on faculty at the Conservatory of
Music at Brooklyn College, a City University of New York (CUNY).