The Department of Composition has announced that distinguished composer Lera Auerbach will spend two weeks in February leading lectures, rehearsals, lessons, performances, and masterclasses as part of the 2013 William Bolcom Guest Residency.
Auerbach, a virtuoso pianist as well as a composer, poet, and visual artist, is known for writing operas, ballets, symphonic music, and chamber works. She has published three volumes of poetry and prose in Russian, contributes regularly to the Best American Poetry blog, writes her own librettos, and has recently been working on a series of gesamtkunstwerk (total art) installations. Her music has been performed by the New York Philharmonic, National Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo Philharmonic, Staatskapelle Dresden, Dresdner Philharmoniker, NDR Radiophilharmonie Hannover, Bamberger Symphoniker, and Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart, among others. She regularly collaborates with Gidon Kremer, Hilary Hahn, Vadim Gluzman, David Finckel, Kim Kashkashian, as well as the Tokyo, Borromeo, Artemis, and Jasper string quartets. Her full-length ballet The Little Mermaid was the recent winner of the 2012 ECHO Klassik award, and has already received more than 150 performances worldwide.
Auerbach was born in the city of Chelyabinsk at the gateway to Siberia. After writing her first opera at age 12, she was invited for a concert tour of the United States in 1991, where she decided to stay and continue her studies in piano and composition at the Juilliard School in New York. Auerbach has been awarded the prestigious Hindemith Prize by the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival in Germany, and Deutschlandfunk's Förderpreis. She received a Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship and recently was selected as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.
The following events will comprise Auerbach's residency. All are free and performance events [*] are open to the public:
*Tuesday, 2/12 at 8 PM, Stamps Auditorium: Lera Auerbach lecture & performance with videos of recent stage works, works for solo piano, songs, and chamber music, all with commentary by the composer.
Thursday 2/14 at 4:40 PM, Room 2058 Moore: Lera Auerbach composition masterclass with U-M composition majors.
*Friday 2/15 at 8 PM, UMMA Apse: Chamber Choir concert featuring Lera Auerbach's Lullaby for choir, introduced by the composer.
*Tuesday 2/26 at 8 PM, Britton Recital Hall: Contemporary Directions Ensemble, featuring Lera Auerbach's Last Letter for voice, cello, and piano.
Thursday 2/28 at 4:30 PM, Room 2058 Moore Building: Composition seminar with Lera Auerbach.