Harold Farberman

Biography

Born: November 2, 1929; New York, NY  
Despite extensive training as a composer, Harold Farberman found his burgeoning international career as a conductor overtaking his initial pursuit. His broad repertory has consistently featured American works; his persistence in bringing the music of Charles Ives before the public resulted in his being awarded the Ives Medal and a grant from the National Institute of Arts and Letters. His achievements include the founding of both the Conductors Read more Guild in 1975 and the Conductors Institute, the latter a training organization for young conductors. His The Art of Conducting Technique has become a widely used text. Born to a family of musicians (several of them percussionists), Farberman studied music first at home and later through a scholarship at the Juilliard School of Music. Upon graduating in 1951, he joined the Boston Symphony Orchestra as a percussionist, the orchestra's youngest musician at the time. During his dozen years with the B.S.O., Farberman pursued a master's degree in composition from the New England Conservatory of Music, devoting himself to the exploration of percussion in chamber and orchestral works. His first work, Evolution, attracted the attention of Aaron Copland and Leopold Stokowski; Copland invited Farberman to study with him at Tanglewood and Stokowski was one of four conductors to record Farberman's first piece. Farberman's quartet for winds and strings won the New England Composer's Competition in 1956 and seemed to signal a career devoted to composition. During his studies at Tanglewood, however, Farberman participated in the conducting class of Eleazar de Carvalho. By 1963, his new interest led him to resign from the B.S.O. to pursue conducting in America and abroad. Since that point, Farberman has been the music director of the Colorado Springs, Oakland, and Colorado symphonies and principal guest conductor of the Denver and Bournemouth symphonies. Among other orchestras he has conducted in live performance and on recording are the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the London Symphony, the Hong Kong Philharmonic, the Stockholm Philharmonic, and the Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra. In 1990, he was appointed professor of conducting studies at Hartt School of Music. Commissions for new compositions continued during his podium and teaching years. Among his recordings are the four Ives symphonies, Mahler symphonies, the symphonies of Michael Haydn, and works by American composer Irwin Bazelon. Read less
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  • 1.
    Harold Farberman: Diamond Street / Farberman, Sprawls, Layton. Farnum
    Label: Albany Records   Catalog: 1232 Release Date: 01/11/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Harold Farberman
    Performer:  Keith Spencer,  Charles Perry Sprawls,  Patrick Layton,  Megan Weston  ... 
    Conductor:  Harold Farberman
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    Sweeeeet Sounds!
    Label: Golden String   Catalog: 5 Release Date: 07/20/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Harold Farberman,  Sidney Arodin,  George Gershwin,  Hoagy Carmichael
    Performer:  John Whitney Trio,  Teresa Perez
    Conductor:  Tim Gorman,  Tim Janis
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    Icon - Leopold Stokowski - The Maverick Conductor
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 98555 Release Date: 10/20/2009   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Pietro Antonio Cesti,  Ernest Bloch,  Dmitri Shostakovich,  Giovanni Palestrina  ... 
    Conductor:  Leopold Stokowski
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    Music For Saxophone From Berlin Vol 2 - Von Borck, Dessau, Heiden, Dressel, Bumcke / Lunte, Blome
    Label: Eda   Catalog: 22 Release Date: 04/08/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Harold Farberman
    Conductor:  Harold Farberman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  All-Star Percussion Ensemble
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    Landmarks Of A Distinguished Career / Leopold Stokowski
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 65614 Release Date: 10/22/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Vincent Persichetti,  Jean Sibelius,  Ralph Vaughan Williams  ... 
    Performer:  Robert Bloom,  Julius Baker
    Conductor:  Leopold Stokowski
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leopold Stokowski Orchestra
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    The Music Of Harold Farberman Vol 3
    Label: Albany Records   Catalog: 688 Release Date: 11/30/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Harold Farberman
    Performer:  Jesse Berger,  Anna Elashvili,  Gilad Harel,  Jonathan Haas  ... 
    Conductor:  Harold Farberman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brass Ensemble,  Sofia Symphony Orchestra,  Rousse Philharmonic Orchestra
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    The Music Of Harold Farberman Vol 2 / Farberman, Et Al
    Label: Albany Records   Catalog: 497 Release Date: 12/18/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Harold Farberman
    Performer:  Lucy Shelton,  Leon Williams,  Thea Mann
    Conductor:  Harold Farberman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rousse Philharmonic Orchestra,  Rousse Percussion Ensemble,  Stuttgart Philharmonic Orchestra
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    The Music Of Harold Farberman / Farberman, Miller, Et Al
    Label: Albany Records   Catalog: 402 Release Date: 06/27/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Harold Farberman
    Performer:  John Swallow,  Harvey G. Phillips,  Paul Ingraham,  Robert Miller  ... 
    Conductor:  Harold Farberman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Brass Quintet,  Dorian Wind Quintet
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    Farberman: Concerto For Jazz Drummer;  Bizet/Shchedrin
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 382 Release Date: 03/25/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Rodion Shchedrin,  Harold Farberman
    Performer:  Louie Bellson
    Conductor:  Harold Farberman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kroumata Percussion Ensemble,  Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra,  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
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