David Lefkowitz

David Lefkowitz is a native of New York City, studied music composition at The Eastman School of Music, Cornell University, and University of Pennsylvania, where his principal teachers were Joseph Schwantner, Samuel Adler, George Crumb, and Karel Husa. 

As a composer David S. Lefkowitz has won international acclaim, having works performed in Japan, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, the Ukraine, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Great Britain, Spain, Canada, Mexico, Israel, and Egypt. 

Lefkowitz has won national and international competitions, including the Fukui Harp Music Awards Competition (twice), and the American Society of Composers, Authors, & Publishers (ASCAP) Grants to Young Composers Competition.  In addition, he has won prizes and recognition from the National Association of Composers, USA (NACUSA), the Guild of Temple Musicians, Pacific Composers’ Forum, Chicago Civic Orchestra, Washington International Competi tion, Society for New Music’s Brian M. Israel Prize, the ALEA III International Competition, and the Gaudeamus Music Week.  He has also been a Meet-The-Composer Composer in Residence.

As a theorist Lefkowitz has researched “meta-theoretical” issues such as the process of segmentation (a Component of post-tonal analysis) and the internal structure of set-classes, he has written extensively on Schoenberg’s piano music, and also has done work on music theory pedagogy, culminating with his textbook Music Theory: Syntax, Function, and Form which is expected to be published soon.

Professor Lefkowitz' personal web page can be found at: http://davidlefkowitz.com

This performance is from Albany TROY1247 http://www.albanyrecords.com, "Music of Contradictions" offers intriguing, sensitive music by this West Coast composer.

David S. Lefkowitz, a native of New York City, studied composition at Eastman, Cornell and the University of Pennsylvania. He has won international acclaim as a composer, with his works garnering performances around the world as well as numerous prizes and including recognition from the National Association of Composers, the Chicago Civic Orchestra and the Gaudeamus Music Week. As a theorist Lefkowitz has researched "meta-theoretical" issues such as the process of segmentation and the internal structure of set-classes. Lefkowitz has enjoyed creating music with different, often contradictory faces. The works on this disc in which tonality and atonality, consonance and dissonance exist in tension are not found at one particular point along the continuum from one stylistic extreme to another. Rather these pieces thrive on the tension between the contradictory characteristics.

Listen to Lefkowitz and Sibelius Piano Trio on YouTube

Listen to David Lefkowitz's quartet "The Chase Through Escher's 'Metamorphosen" played Jennifer Roth, flute, Daphne Chen, violin, and Buzz Gravelle and Sam Vierra, guitars.

Listen to the Sibelius Piano Trio play the first movement of "Lovisa" by Jean Sibelius.

The Sibelius Piano Trio consists of three Finnish musicians who have grown up with jean Sibelius's music as part of their cultural heritage.

Sibelius Piano Trio

The Sibelius Piano Trio has toured extensively in Europe in recent years with great critical success. The trio consists of three young Finnish players, violinist Peteri Iivonen, cellist Samuli Peltonen and  pianist Juho Pohjonen, for all of whom the music of Jean Sibelius is in the blood.

Sbelius Piano Trio