Jeffrey Biegel is one of today's most respected artists having created a multi-faceted career as a pianist, recording artist, composer and arranger. His electrifying technique and mesmerizing touch has received critical acclaim and garners praise worldwide. Known for his standard-setting performances of the standard repertoire, Mr. Biegel's performances to begin the 2011-12 season includes his adaptation of pop legend Neil Sedaka's 'Manhattan Intermezzo' for piano and orchestra with Orchestra Kentucky, and the World Premiere of Ellen Taaffe Zwilich's 'Shadows' for piano and orchestra, with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra leading the consortium project with several orchestras. His recent recordings include 'A Steinway Christmas Album' and, 'Bach On A Steinway' for the Steinway label, Leroy Anderson's 'Concerto in C', conducted by Leonard Slatkin with the BBC Concert Orchestra, Ellen Taaffe Zwilich's 'Millennium Fantasy' and 'Peanuts Gallery', a solo cd of Vivaldi's 'Four Seasons' for Naxos, 'Classical Carols' for Koch and the Complete Sonatas by Mozart on the E1 label. In 2010, he performed two world premieres with the Pacific Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Carl St. Clair: Richard Danielpour's 'Mirrors for Piano and Orchestra', and, William Bolcom's 'Prometheus for Piano, Orchestra and Chorus'. Mr. Biegel's 'Hanukah Fantasy' for SATB/piano, is published by the Hal Leonard Corporation, along with Lucas Richman's orchestral arrangement with choir, published by the LeDor Group. Mr. Biegel has also created Trio21, being joined with violinist Kinga Augustyn and cellist Robert deMaine. For their inaugural season 2011-12, they will perform a new work commissioned exclusively for Trio21 by the celebrated composer, Kenneth Fuchs and record the new composition for an all-Kenneth Fuchs project for the Naxos label.
Jeffrey Biegel's career has been marked by bold, creative achievements. In the late 1990's, he initiated the first live internet recitals in New York and Amsterdam, and assembled a consortium of more than 25 orchestras to celebrate the millennium with the premiere of Ellen Taaffe Zwilich's Millennium Fantasy for Piano and Orchestra. In 2006, Mr. Biegel joined 18 co-commissioning orchestras for Lowell Liebermann's Concerto no. 3 for Piano and Orchestra, which was composed exclusively for him. He has played premieres of new works and arrangements with the Boston Pops, New York Pops, the American Symphony Orchestra, the Eastern Music Festival Orchestra, as well as the symphony orchestras of Minnesota, Indianapolis, and Harrisburg, among others.
Born a second-generation American, Mr. Biegel's roots are of Russian and Austrian heritage. Until the age of three, Mr. Biegel could neither hear nor speak, until corrected by surgery. The 'reverse Beethoven' phenomenon can explain Mr. Biegel's life in music, having heard only vibrations in his formative years.
Mr. Biegel's published works include The World In Our Hands (Hal Leonard), Christmas In A Minute (Hal Leonard), The Twelve Days of Christmas (Hal Leonard), Hey Ho, the Wind and the Rain (Hal Leonard), Hanukah Fantasy (Hal Leonard), Different Kind of Hero (Carl Fischer), and Elegy of Anne Boleyn (Carl Fischer). His most recent composition is There Shines a Light Ahead for SATB chorus, soprano soloist and piano. It receives its World Premiere in 2011 by the Mt. Sinai High School Choir in New York.