José Serebrier

Composers

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 "Pequeńa 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
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No 4, Francesca Da Rimini / Serebrier
Release Date: 01/29/2002   Label: Bis  
Catalog: 1273   Number of Discs: 1
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Tchaikovsky: Hamlet, Tempest, Romeo And Juliet / Serebrier
Release Date: 09/24/2002   Label: Bis  
Catalog: 1073   Number of Discs: 1
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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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  • 26.
    The Devil's Music
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8578085-86 Release Date: 09/29/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Charles Gounod,  Robert Schumann,  György Ligeti,  Johann Strauss Jr.  ... 
    Performer:  Samuel Ramey,  Idil Biret,  Laurent Martin,  Ashley Wass  ... 
    Conductor:  Julius Rudel,  Johannes Wildner,  Alfred Walter,  Christian Benda  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Radio Orchestra,  Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Kosice Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    Glazunov: Symphonies Nos. 1, 2, 3, & 9 / Serebrier, Royal Scottish National Orchestra
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 68904 Release Date: 08/01/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Alexander Glazunov
    Conductor:  José Serebrier
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
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    Ives: Symphony no 4 / Serebrier, LPO, John Alldis Choir
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 8397 Release Date: 07/20/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Charles Ives
    Conductor:  José Serebrier
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  John Alldis Choir,  London Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Strauss: Final Scenes From Capriccio & Daphne / Serebrier
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 8364 Release Date: 07/20/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Carole Farley
    Conductor:  José Serebrier
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  RTBF Symphony Orchestra
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    Chausson: Symphony In Bb, Etc / Serebrier
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 8369 Release Date: 07/06/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ernest Chausson
    Conductor:  José Serebrier
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  RTBF Symphony Orchestra
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    Khachaturian: Concerto-Rhapsody, Violin Concerto / Koeckert, Serebrier, Royal PO
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8570988 Release Date: 05/26/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Aram Khachaturian
    Performer:  Nicolas Koeckert
    Conductor:  José Serebrier
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 32.
    40 Most Beautiful Winter Classics / Various
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 696674 Release Date: 01/27/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Arcangelo Corelli,  Henry Purcell  ... 
    Performer:  Piero Toso,  Joost Van der Linden,  Viktoria Postnikova,  Barbara Bonney  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Scimone,  Nikolaus Harnoncourt,  Ton Koopman,  Kurt Redel  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Solisti Veneti,  Vienna Concentus Musicus,  Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra  ... 
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    Label: Abc Classics   Catalog: 841919 Release Date: 01/27/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Modest Mussorgsky,  Emmanuel Chabrier,  Frédéric Chopin,  Sir Edward Elgar  ... 
    Performer:  John Champ,  David Pereira,  David Bollard,  Anthony Baldwin  ... 
    Conductor:  David Measham,  David Stanhope,  Omri Hadari,  Anthony Walker  ... 
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  • 34.
    Stokowski: Bach Transcriptions Vol 2 / Serebrier, Bournemouth SO
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8572050 Release Date: 01/27/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Roman Hoffstetter,  Johann Mattheson,  Luigi Boccherini  ... 
    Conductor:  José Serebrier
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
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    Tutti!: Orchestral Sampler
    Label: Reference Recordings   Catalog: 906 Release Date: 10/14/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  George W. Chadwick,  Igor Stravinsky,  Paul Paray  ... 
    Performer:  Elizabeth Blumenstock,  Eugene Istomin
    Conductor:  Eiji Oue,  José Serebrier,  James Paul,  Stanislaw Skrowaczewski  ... 
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  • 36.
    Glazunov: Symphony No 6, The Sea, Dance Of Salome / Serebrier, Royal Scottish National Orchestra
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 69627 Release Date: 09/23/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alexander Glazunov
    Conductor:  José Serebrier
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
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  • 37.
    Beethoven, Clement: Violin Concertos / Rachel Barton Pine
    Label: Cedille Records   Catalog: 106 Release Date: 09/09/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Franz Clement,  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Rachel Barton Pine
    Conductor:  José Serebrier
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 38.
    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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  • 39.
    Schwarz-Schilling: Symphony in C / Serebrier, Staatskapelle Weimar
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8570435 Release Date: 08/26/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  R. Schwarz-Schilling
    Conductor:  José Serebrier
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Staatskapelle Weimar
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  • 40.
    40 Most Beautiful Summer Classics - Mozart, Vivaldi, Debussy, Etc
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 511596 Release Date: 06/24/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Alexander Glazunov,  Manuel de Falla,  Claude Debussy  ... 
    Performer:  Jean-François Heisser,  Howard Cook,  Helen Huang,  Malcolm Martineau  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Scimone,  José Serebrier,  Jesús Lopez-Cobos,  Alain Lombard  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Solisti Veneti,  Royal Scottish National Orchestra,  Lausanne Chamber Orchestra  ... 
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  • 41.
    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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  • 42.
    40 Most Beautiful Spring Classics - Vivaldi, Glazunov, Copland, Etc / Masur, Koopman, Et Al
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 447100 Release Date: 03/25/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Modest Mussorgsky,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Alexander Glazunov  ... 
    Performer:  Marieke Blankestijn,  Sumi Jo,  Barbara Bonney,  Viktoria Postnikova  ... 
    Conductor:  James Conlon,  Kurt Masur,  Zubin Mehta,  Hugh Wolff  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra,  Chamber Orchestra of Europe,  Royal Scottish National Orchestra  ... 
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  • 43.
    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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  • 44.
    Bloch: Violin Concerto / Schiff, Serebrier, Et Al
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8557757 Release Date: 10/30/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ernest Bloch
    Performer:  Zina Schiff
    Conductor:  José Serebrier
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
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    American Classics - Rorem: Piano Concerto No 2, Etc
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8559315 Release Date: 09/25/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ned Rorem
    Performer:  Wenn-Sinn Yang,  Simon Mulligan
    Conductor:  José Serebrier
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
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  • 46.
    Wagner-Stokowski: Symphonic Syntheses / Serebrier, Bournemouth SO
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8570293 Release Date: 09/25/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Conductor:  José Serebrier
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
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  • 47.
    Dvorák: Symphony No. 9;  Smetana: Vltava, Etc / Serebrier
    Label: Conifer   Catalog: 51522 Release Date: 06/11/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák,  Bedrich Smetana
    Conductor:  José Serebrier
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brno State Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 48.
    Shostakovich: Film Music, Vol 3 / Serebrier, Belgian Radio
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 60226 Release Date: 06/08/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Dmitri Shostakovich
    Performer:  Karol Golebiowsky
    Conductor:  José Serebrier
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Belgian Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 49.
    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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    Autumn - A Collection Of Seasonal Classics - Vivaldi, Et Al
    Label: Resonance   Catalog: 3074 Release Date: 11/21/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Hector Berlioz,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Hamish MacCunn  ... 
    Performer:  Vladimir Spivakov
    Conductor:  Sir Alexander Gibson,  Enrique Bátiz,  Vladimir Spivakov,  John Wilson  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Scottish Chamber Orchestra,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  Moscow Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra  ... 
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