Life According to Chopin
Featuring Jeffrey Biegel
Until the age of three, Jeff Biegel could neither hear nor speak, until corrected by surgery. His recent recordings include 'A Grand Romance' (2013), 'A Steinway Christmas Album' (2011) and 'Bach On A Steinway' (2010) for the Steinway & Sons 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. His chamber music recordings include Kenneth Fuchs' 'Falling Trio' based on the novel, "Falling Man" by Don DeLillo, for Naxos, and, Glen Roven's musical adaptation of the classic children's book, "Runaway Bunny", with guest narrator, Catherine Zeta Jones. Mr. Biegel has also presented performed new works for piano and orchestra composed for him by Ellen Taaffe Zwilich, Charles Strouse, William Bolcom, Lowell Liebermann, Richard Danielpour, Marjorie Rusche, Lucas Richman and Jake Runestad. He also performed the premiere of his adaptation of pop legend Neil Sedaka's 'Manhattan Intermezzo' for piano and orchestra, and champions the 'Concerto no. 1' by progressive rock artist, Keith Emerson.
Jeff on GMA
"Splendid and Brilliant"
"Biegel knows how to control the dynamics to give each Bach piece a drama beyond the
intense cerebral unfolding of the themes. The title of the album suggests a breaking of the rules, which would not have been understood 50 years ago. Biegel's playing is so formidable that - to answer my friend's question -
he makes the music music in a revelatory way."
Howard Kissel, NY Daily News
"It is a great honor for me to have my compositions performed by one of the world's
greatest and most talented pianists. Jeffrey Biegel's style and ability to understand the classical
world and the pop world without compromise to either is perhaps his greatest gift. I don't like to listen to my own
pieces at all but, this is one time where I will definitely make an exception.
Thank you Jeffrey for all the wonderful music and performances you have given to all of us."
Waltz in C# minor