José Serebrier

Biography

Born: Dec 3, 1938; Uruguay  
José Serebrier is probably better known as a conductor than as a composer, though in the latter 1990s and early years of the new century, he garnered a fair amount of attention for his compositions. His works are written in a tonal and quite approachable style and divulge his mastery of orchestration and deft sense for instrumental color. Serebrier began to study the violin at the age of nine with Juan Fabbri and soon began composing. His Read more earliest surviving work dates to 1948, a Sonata for solo violin, Op. 1. He would later take instruction on the piano from Sarah Bourdillion and also become quite proficient in that instrumental realm. Following instruction at the Montevideo Municipal School of Music in violin and harmony, Serebrier enrolled at the Montevideo Conservatory, where he studied composition with Estrada. He remained active as a composer during his student years, turning out such works as the Wind Quintet "Pequeña Musica" (1955). In 1956, Serebrier won a competition in Uruguay with his orchestral overture La leyenda de Fausto. That same year, he enrolled at the Curtis Institute of Music where he studied composition with Vittorio Giannini. He was appointed apprentice conductor of the Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra in 1958. This post carried with it the Dorati fellowship, which provided further composition study to Serebrier, this time at the University of Minnesota. It was during this time that Serebrier completed one of his most important works for orchestra, the Partita, parenthetically subtitled "Symphony No. 2" (1957 - 1958). He left Minneapolis in 1960 to accept a position as conductor of the semi-professional Utica Symphony Orchestra. The salary was meager, about $2,000 per year, though Serebrier augmented his income by teaching at Utica College. Still, he had to live for a time in a room at the local YMCA. His Fantasia for orchestra dates to 1960 and has proven to be one of his more enduring compositions. In 1962, he received his first important podium appointment -- associate conductor of the New York City-based American Symphony Orchestra -- where he worked closely with Leopold Stokowski. Stokowski premiered his young colleague's Elegy for Strings at Carnegie Hall in 1962. Serebrier's Carnegie Hall debut as a conductor occurred around this time, also with the American Symphony Orchestra, and was enthusiastically received by critics and public alike. Serebrier left New York for Cleveland in 1968, serving as conductor of the Cleveland Philharmonic Orchestra and composer-in-residence at George Szell's Cleveland Orchestra. He left the latter post in 1970 and the former in 1971. Serebrier did much guest conducting in the 1970s and 1980s. He made his first recording in 1974, the Ives Symphony No. 4 with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, an effort for RCA that drew high praise from critics in Europe and the United States, where it received a Grammy nomination. Serebrier was appointed principal guest conductor of the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra in 1982. Two years later, he organized the Festival Miami (now called the Festival of the Americas) and served as its artistic director. He developed a relationship with the Belgian Radio Symphony Orchestra in the late '80s, making a highly praised series of Shostakovich recordings with them. Around this time, he also began making recordings with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and the Rome Symphony Orchestra. In 2002, Serebrier was still active as a conductor and composer. Among his later works is Winterreise (1999), which he recorded with the London Philharmonic Orchestra on the Reference Recordings label. Read less
Tango In Blue - Stravinsky, Etc / Serebrier, Farley, Et Al
Release Date: 09/27/2005   Label: Bis  
Catalog: 1175   Number of Discs: 1
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    Adagio - Jose Serebrier
    Label: Alba   Catalog: 341 Release Date: 03/12/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Elliott Carter,  Leevi Madetoja,  Clark McAlister,  Giacomo Puccini  ... 
    Conductor:  José Serebrier
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Michel Strings
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    Pipe Dreams / Sharon Bezaly, Richard Tognetti, Australian Chamber Orchestra
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1789 Release Date: 10/02/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  José Serebrier,  Adina Izarra,  Carl Vine,  Alberto Ginastera
    Performer:  Sharon Bezaly
    Conductor:  Richard Tognetti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Australian Chamber Orchestra
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    Capricho Latino / Rachel Barton Pine
    Label: Cedille Records   Catalog: 124 Release Date: 06/28/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Roque Cordero,  Cesar Espejo,  Manuel Quiroga,  Eugène Ysaÿe  ... 
    Performer:  Rachel Barton Pine,  Héctor Elizondo
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    Serebrier: Symphony No 1, Violin Concerto / Callow, Karr, Quint, Bournemouth Symphony
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8559648 Release Date: 08/31/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  José Serebrier
    Performer:  Ellen Marsden,  Philippe Quint,  Duncan Riddell,  David Daly  ... 
    Conductor:  José Serebrier
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra,  Bournemouth Symphony Chorus
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    Hovhaness, Milhaud, Copland, Serebrier - Live Recordings 1942-57 / Stokowski
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 2347 Release Date: 01/12/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Aaron Copland,  Darius Milhaud,  Alan Hovhaness,  José Serebrier
    Conductor:  Leopold Stokowski
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  NBC Symphony Orchestra,  Houston Symphony Orchestra
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    Class Of '38 - Corigliano, Coates, Rzewski, Serebrier, Etc / Slatkin, Nashville So, Et Al
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8572087 Release Date: 08/26/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gloria Coates,  John Corigliano,  José Serebrier,  Frederic Rzewski  ... 
    Performer:  Melia Watras,  Michael Jinsoo Lim,  Lina Bahn,  Jeffrey Zeigler  ... 
    Conductor:  Michael Boder,  José Serebrier,  Leonard Slatkin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Corigliano String Quartet,  Toulouse Chamber Orchestra  ... 
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    Mussorgsky: Pictures At An Exhibition (Arr. L. Stokowski) / Serebrier: Symphony No. 3 - Symphonie Mystique
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 211030 Release Date: 06/24/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Modest Mussorgsky,  José Serebrier,  Richard Wagner,  Georges Bizet
    Performer:  Carole Farley
    Conductor:  José Serebrier
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Youth Orchestra Of Spain
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    Wind Band Classics - Bizet-Serebrier: Carmen Symphony, etc
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8570727 Release Date: 02/26/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Heitor Villa-Lobos,  José Serebrier,  Silvestre Revueltas,  Alberto Ginastera  ... 
    Conductor:  José Serebrier
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  United States Marine Band
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    Serebrier: Symphony No 2, Etc / José Serebrier, London Po
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8559303 Release Date: 03/27/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  José Serebrier
    Performer:  Gonzalo Acosta
    Conductor:  José Serebrier
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Tango In Blue - Stravinsky, Etc / Serebrier, Farley, Et Al
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1175 Release Date: 09/27/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  José Serebrier,  Samuel Barber,  Astor Piazzolla,  Igor Stravinsky  ... 
    Performer:  Carole Farley,  Molly Judson,  Enrique Telleria,  Damian Martinez
    Conductor:  José Serebrier
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Barcelona Symphony Orchestra
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    Bizet: L'arlésienne Suites, Etc / José Serebrier
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1305 Release Date: 03/30/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  José Serebrier,  Georges Bizet
    Conductor:  José Serebrier
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Barcelona Symphony Orchestra
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    American Classics - Serebrier: Symphony No 3, Etc /Serebrier
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8559183 Release Date: 09/23/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  José Serebrier
    Performer:  Sandrine Tilly,  Laurent Le Chenadec,  Carole Farley
    Conductor:  José Serebrier
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Toulouse Chamber Orchestra
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    Music Of José Serebrier - Six On Tv, Etc / Serebrier, Et Al
    Label: Phoenix Usa   Catalog: 144 Release Date: 07/25/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  José Serebrier
    Performer:  Lucas Drew,  Carole Farley,  John Mitchell,  Paul Andrews  ... 
    Conductor:  José Serebrier
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  Festival Miami Chorus,  Festival Miami Doublebass Ensemble  ... 
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José Serebrier


MOST POPULAR WORKS
I. Prelude
II. The Cavalry
III. Habanera
IV. Seguidilla
V. Fugato
VI. Interlude 1
VII. Toreador
VIII. Interlude 2
IX. Andante cantabile
X. Interlude 3
XI. The Wedding
XII. Gypsy Dance
Passacaglia
Perpetuum mobile
Presto
Lento
Andante mosso
Andante comodo
WORKS
I. Prelude
II. The Cavalry
III. Habanera
IV. Seguidilla
V. Fugato
VI. Interlude 1
VII. Toreador
VIII. Interlude 2
IX. Andante cantabile
X. Interlude 3
XI. The Wedding
XII. Gypsy Dance
I. Quasi Presto
II. Cadenza: Andante rubato
III. Fantasia
IV. Tango inconclusivo
V. Allegro comodo
Passacaglia
Perpetuum mobile
Presto
Lento
Andante mosso
Andante comodo