Airing on Dec. 13, 2020 at 10am Pacific / 1pm Eastern Time.
Christmas Piano Special with Guest Jeffrey Biegel - Season 2 Episode 6
Since 1999, Jeffrey Biegel has commissioned many composers to bring new music for piano and orchestra to the repertoire. On February 10, 2019, Kenneth Fuchs's "Piano Concerto: 'Spiritualist'" with the London Symphony Orchestra and Jeffrey as piano soloist, won a Grammy in the Best Classical Compendium category. Considered the most prolific artist of his generation, Moravian College in Bethlehem, PA, conferred the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Humane Letters upon him for his achievements in performance, recordings, chamber music, champion of new music, composer, arranger and educator.
Among his numerous recordings are Kenneth Fuchs's Grammy-winning recording, "Piano Concerto: Spiritualist" with Jeffrey as soloist, released in 2018. In 2019, Grammy winning composer, Dick Tunney unveiled the new "Peanuts Concerto" for piano and orchestra for its World Premiere with Orchestra Kentucky and Jeffrey.
Equally championing pop music icons, he brought Jimmy Webb's 'Nocturne for Piano and Orchestra' to the public and, PDQ Bach's 'Concerto for Simply Grand Piano and Orchestra' by Peter Schickele with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, to name just a few.
In tribute to the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Jeffrey has created a project tentatively titled, 'An RBG Portrait', for narrator, piano and small orchestral ensemble. The work will be composed by Pulitzer Prize composer, Ellen Taaffe Zwilich, and will feature mezzo-soprano, Denyce Graves.
He studied at The Juilliard School with Adele Marcus, and was the third recipient of the Juilliard William Petschek Piano Debut Award at Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall. He teaches piano at the Conservatory of Music at Brooklyn College, a City University of New York.
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