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Joel Spiegelman is an American composer, conductor, concert pianist, harpsichordist, recording artist, arranger, author and teacher. As a composer, Spiegelman has been widely known for his blending of techniques from traditional classical music, dodecaphonic music, aleatoric music, gospel, Russian folk, and electronic idioms. He has written original music for string quartet, piano trio, piano quintet, chamber music with percussion, solo instruments, wind ensembles, symphony orchestra, ballet, film, choral and vocal music. Personal life Joel Spiegelman was born in Buffalo, New York on January 23, 1933, to Jenny Simon Spiegelman (b. Brailov, Ukraine, 1906) and Dr. Harry Spiegelman (b. Zhitomir, Ukraine), b. 1905. Both were immigrants from the Russian Empire, arriving in the United States as small children during the early years of the 20th century. His mother, Jenny Simon Spiegelman, was the chief influence on his early musical development. Herself an excellent pianist, she steered him to her piano teacher, Otto Hager. Professor Hager had studied in Germany with the renowned teacher Lechititski who studied with the great composer, pianist Franz Liszt who himself studied with Beethoven’s student Carl Czerny. And Beethoven was a student of Joseph Hayden. However, besides the influence his mother had on his development, at the age of 10, he was totally enthralled by the performance of Vladimir Horowitz performance of Tchaikovsky’s 1st Piano Concerto with Arturo Toscanini conducting the NBC Symphony on an old RCA recording. He then went to his mother and said “I want to do that too”. After his debut with the Buffalo Philharmonic he went on to studied with Mona Bates, a well known piano teacher in Toronto, Canada. Joel Spiegelman has been legally married four times with one long-term common law partnership with artist Trudi Vogel. His first marriage was to Gail Voelker (b. Buffalo, NY 1933) Their marriage lasted 19 years and produced three children, Maia Hunter (b. Paris, France1958), Katia Lief (b. Dreux, France 1959), Eric Spiegelman (b. Boston, MA 1962) (a.k.a. Ariel Ben Yaakov. He lived in Buffalo, NY from the time of his birth until 1953 except for one year – 1949-50 – when he was student at Yale University School of Music. Between 1950 –1953 he was a premedical student with a major in Philosophy at the University of Buffalo. In 1953, Spiegelman moved to Boston to study music at the Longy School of Music in Cambridge, MH. In 1954, he was accepted into the newly formed graduate school at Brandeis University in Waltham, MA where he received a Master of Fine Arts degree in musical composition in 1956. At Brandeis, he was a student of composers Harold Shapero, Irving Fine and Arthur Berger. In 1956, Spiegelman was awarded a fellowship grant from the French government and went to Paris to study composition with Nadia Boulanger at the Paris National Conservatory of Music. Hé made his conducting debut I Paris at the Abbaye du Royaumont conducting his own composition written for the opening of their summer season in 1958. That same year, he also made his debut as a piano soloist performing the solo keyboard part of Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 5. He remained in Paris until 1960 when he returned to Boston to continue his studies at Brandeis Graduate School. A year later he was appointed to the Brandeis music faculty to teach music theory, piano, harpsichord and perform as an Artist-in-Residence. Teaching and performing at Brandeis until moving to New York after being appointed as Professor of Music at Sarah Lawrence College in 1966. During his residence in Boston, he was a performing member as harpsichordist of the Camerata of the Boston Music of Fine Arts Old Instruments collection. In September 1965 he left for Moscow to do research on 18th Russian keyboard music and the new post WWII contemporary Soviet composers such as Andrei Volkonsky, Alfred Schnittke, Edison Denisov, Valentin Silvestrov, Leonid Grabovsky, Sergei Slonimsky, Andrei Petrov, Rodion Shchedrin and others. He brought their works back to the United States performing them at various universities, the New York Philharmonic, etc. He likewise returned to Russia performing and recording music by American composers. In November of 1965 he made his Moscow debut as a harpsichordist to remarkable success with the press and the public. This began a linking of the musical cultures of both the United States and Russia that continues to the present day. He has three grandchildren: Harry Hunter b. 1992, Eli Lief, b.1994, Karenna Lief, b.1997 Biography Joel Spiegelman gave his first concert at the age of 4 years old when he performed on the NBC affiliate radio station in Buffalo , NY. He made his official national debut at 13 years old in 1946 when he received wide attention with a review in Musical America for a performance as piano soloist with the Buffalo Philharmonic. Born in 1933, educated at Yale, The University of Buffalo, Brandeis University, the Paris Conservatory (class of Nadia Boulanger), Moscow’s Gnesin Institute, and the Leningrad Conservatory, Joel Spiegelman’s career has encompassed a variety of musical activities as composer, conductor, pianist, harpsichordist, teacher, and author. In the Spring of 1967, Spiegleman was chosen by Leonard Bernstein to perform and record as harpsichord soloist with the New York Philharmonic in the New York premier of Edison Denisov’s work for harpsichord and orchestra, “Crescendo e Diminuendo”. His teaching career spans a thirty year period (1961-1991) during which he taught at Brandeis University, The University of California, San Diego (Regents Professor) and Sarah Lawrence College. Over the last thirty years, Spiegelman has enjoyed retrospective concerts of his works in Carnegie Hall, Saint-Petersburg (Russia), Vilnius, the Moscow Conservatory, and the Moscow Kremlin in January 2002. Spiegelman’s continuing interest in the possibilities of electronic media was further demonstrated in his transcription of Bach’s “Goldberg Variations”. He used the then revolutionary sampling technology applied by inventor Ray Kurzweill. A recording was made of this transcription on the Kurzweill 250 Keyboard and released by East-West Records (a Time-Warner company) in 1988 as “New Age Bach” He has conducted and recorded with the leading symphony orchestras of Russia including the Saint-Petersburg Philharmonic, The Saint-Petersburg Classical Symphony, The State Symphony of Russia, The Moussorgsky Opera Company of Saint-Petersburg, The Tchaikovsky Orchestra, the Moscow Radio TV Orchestra, and Metro Philharmonic, an international youth symphony formed in Moscow by Mr. Spiegelman and composed of gifted young professional musicians. In 2010 he conducted the Kyrgyz National Symphony in a Requiem concert for those lost during the revolution of April 7, 2010. He returned to Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan in 2012 to lead the Loving Cup (Chasa Mira) internati.... Discover the Katia Lief popular books. Find the top 100 most popular Katia Lief books.

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