Lera Auerbach

Biography

Born: October 21, 1973; Chelyabinsk, Russia  
Lera Auerbach is a prodigiously talented Russian pianist and composer who was born in the city of Chelyabinsk, located to the east of the Ural mountain range, near the Siberian border. Auerbach's promise at the keyboard was discovered early, and she made her debut as a pianist with an orchestra at the age of 8. At the age of 11, Auerbach composed an opera that proved a cause celèbre when it was staged in Russia, and a touring version of Read more the work was seen throughout the Soviet Union. When Auerbach was 17, she was sent to the United States on a concert tour, but decided to defect to the West; she was one of the last Soviet artists to do so. Auerbach continued at Juilliard, where she studied composition with Milton Babbitt and piano with Joseph Kalichstein.

In 2000, Auerbach served the first of two artist residencies at the Baden-Baden home of Johannes Brahms at the behest of the International Brahms Society, and in 2001 she was invited by Gidon Kremer as a guest artist at the Lockenhaus Festival; there, 16 works of her works were performed. In 2002, Auerbach completed her piano studies with Einar Steen-Nøkelberg at the Hannover Höchschüle für Musik and in 2003 Vadim Gluzman and Angela Yoffe recorded the first all-Auerbach program for Bis, Lera Auerbach: 24 Preludes for Violin and Piano. This was well received, and since then Bis has continued to release albums of Auerbach's music at the rate of about one a year, including one played by Auerbach herself, Lera Auerbach Plays Her Preludes and Dreams, in 2006. This should not be taken to mean that her work is a cottage industry, as Auerbach's music has been widely commissioned and taken on by performers from around the globe, including the Peterson Quartett, David Finckel and Wu Han, and the Royal Danish Ballet.

Auerbach is also recognized as an accomplished poet among Russian speakers. Her first volume of verse, Sorokolunie (Forty Moons) contained poems that dated back to the time she was 11; issued in 1995, it earned her the distinction of "Poet of the Year" from the International Pushkin Society. Although her music is respected in Russia, her literary work is better known there, with certain verses already established as part of the curriculum in modern Russian language studies in her homeland. Read less
Auerbach: 24 Preludes For Violin And Piano, Etc / Gluzman
Release Date: 06/24/2003   Label: Bis  
Catalog: 1242   Number of Discs: 1
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Auerbach: Preludes Op 41, Ten Dreams Op 45, Etc
Release Date: 08/29/2006   Label: Bis  
Catalog: 1462   Number of Discs: 1
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  • 1.
    An American Tour
    Label: Bridge   Catalog: 9407 Release Date: 04/08/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Paul Schoenfeld,  Lera Auerbach,  Chen Yi,  Clancy Newman
    Performer:  Yael Weiss,  Mark Kaplan,  Clancy Newman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Weiss-Kaplan-Newman Trio
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    In 27 Pieces - The Hilary Hahn Encores
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001910302 Release Date: 11/11/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Franghiz Ali-Zadeh,  Somei Satoh,  Du Yun,  David Lang  ... 
    Performer:  Hilary Hahn,  Cory Smythe
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    A Century Of Russian Colours / Camille Thomas, Beatrice Berrut
    Label: Fuga Libera   Catalog: 712 Release Date: 07/30/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Dmitri Kabalevsky,  Lera Auerbach
    Performer:  Camille Thomas,  Beatrice Berrut
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    Women Composers And Their Music For Saxophone
    Label: Centaur Records   Catalog: 3243 Release Date: 03/26/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Elena Ruehr,  Lera Auerbach,  Libby Larsen,  Nancy Van De Vate  ... 
    Performer:  Bill Perconti,  Kay Zavislak,  Paul Grove
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    Spheres / Daniel Hope
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001799902 Release Date: 03/19/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Paul von Westhoff,  Ludovico Einaudi,  Philip Glass,  Gabriel Fauré  ... 
    Performer:  Daniel Hope,  Jacques Ammon,  Chie Peters,  Juan Lucas Aisemberg  ... 
    Conductor:  Simon Halsey
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Chamber Orchestra,  Berlin Radio Chorus members,  Berlin Radio Chorus
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  • 6.
    Lera Auerbach: Celloquy
    Label: Cedille Records   Catalog: 137 Release Date: 02/26/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Lera Auerbach
    Performer:  Ani Aznavoorian,  Lera Auerbach
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    For David And Wu Han - Duos By Jalbert, Auerbach, Adolphe, Tsontakis / Finckel, Han
    Label: Artistled   Catalog: 11001 Release Date: 10/05/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Pierre Jalbert,  Lera Auerbach,  Bruce Adolphe,  George Tsontakis
    Performer:  Wu Han,  David Finckel
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    Secret Memories
    Label: Simax   Catalog: 1324 Release Date: 09/25/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Lera Auerbach,  Teppo Hauta-Aho,  György Kurtág,  Olav Anton Thommessen  ... 
    Performer:  Dan Styffe,  Peter Herresthal
    Conductor:  Jukka-Pekka Saraste
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    Par.ti.ta / Vadim Gluzman
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1972 Release Date: 07/24/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Lera Auerbach,  Eugčne Ysa˙e
    Performer:  Vadim Gluzman
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    Beckoning: New Music For Cello
    Label: Msr   Catalog: 1371 Release Date: 07/10/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Serra Whang,  Huang Ruo,  Lera Auerbach,  Jay Greenberg
    Performer:  Nathan Hesselink,  Anthony Arnone,  Serra Whang,  James Giles
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    Auerbach: The Little Mermaid / Martin West, San Francisco Ballet [blu-ray]
    Label: C Major   Catalog: 708704 Release Date: 11/15/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Lera Auerbach
    Conductor:  Martin West
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  San Francisco Ballet Orchestra
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    The Little Mermaid - San Francisco Ballet / Auerbach, Neumeier
    Label: C Major   Catalog: 708608 Release Date: 11/15/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Lera Auerbach
    Conductor:  Martin West
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  San Francisco Ballet Orchestra
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  • 13.
    Notable Women / Lincoln Trio
    Label: Cedille Records   Catalog: 126 Release Date: 08/30/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Lera Auerbach,  Stacy Garrop,  Jennifer Higdon,  Laura Elise Schwendinger  ... 
    Performer:  Desiree Ruhstrat,  David Cunliffe,  Marta Aznavoorian
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lincoln Trio
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    Triumvirate: 3 Composers, 3 Concertos, 3 World Premiers / Russell, ProMusica Chamber Orchestra
    Label: Summit Records   Catalog: 573 Release Date: 08/09/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gabriela Lena Frank,  Lera Auerbach,  Joan Tower
    Performer:  Wu Han,  David Finckel,  Paul Neubauer
    Conductor:  Timothy Russell
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  ProMusica Chamber Orchestra,  Borremeo String Quartet
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    De Profundis / Kremer, Kremerata Baltica
    Label: Nonesuch   Catalog: 287228 Release Date: 09/14/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alfred Schnittke,  Georgs Pelécis,  Astor Piazzolla,  Lera Auerbach  ... 
    Conductor:  Gidon Kremer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kremerata Baltica
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    Minds / Malikian, Del Pino
    Label: Non Profit Music   Catalog: 911 Release Date: 05/11/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jorge Grundman,  Marjan Mozetich,  Fernando Egozcue,  Zoltán Kodály  ... 
    Performer:  Ara Malikian,  Daniel del Pino
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  • 17.
    Flight And Fire - Lera Auerba / Ksenia Nosikova
    Label: Profil   Catalog: 7064 Release Date: 08/07/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Lera Auerbach
    Performer:  Ksenia Nosikova
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  • 18.
    Auerbach: Preludes Op 41, Ten Dreams Op 45, Etc
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1462 Release Date: 08/29/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Lera Auerbach
    Performer:  Lera Auerbach
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    Ballet For A Lonely Violinist / Vadim Gluzman, Angela Yoffe
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1592 Release Date: 08/29/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Lera Auerbach,  Dmitri Shostakovich
    Performer:  Vadim Gluzman,  Angela Yoffe
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  • 20.
    Shostakovich, Auerbach: String Quartets / Petersen Quartet
    Label: Capriccio Records   Catalog: 71104 Release Date: 01/01/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Dmitri Shostakovich,  Lera Auerbach
    Performer:  Zoryana Kushpler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Petersen String Quartet
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  • 21.
    Auerbach: 24 Preludes For Violin And Piano, Etc / Gluzman
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1242 Release Date: 06/24/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Lera Auerbach
    Performer:  Vadim Gluzman,  Angela Yoffe
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