Hometown: Bangkok, Thailand and New York, New York
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American pianist Bennett Lerner is well known as a performer of new music and has premiered piano works by composers such as Aaron Copland, Paul Bowles, David Diamond, Irving Fine, Marc Blitzstein, Virgil Thomson, and Alexander Tcherepnin.
Highlights of his career include a 1985 performance of Aaron Copland’s Piano Concerto with the New York Philharmonic under Zubin Mehta, performances with the Los Angeles Symphony, the Boston Pops Orchestra, the Indianapolis Symphony, the Minnesota Symphony, the Sand Point Music Festival Orchestra, and at the Teatro Massimo in Palermo, Sicily. In 2002 he was soloist with the National Symphony of Thailand in the world premiere performance of Bhawanka by Thai composer Narong Prangchareon. In 2006 Mr. Lerner participated in the first performance of Prangchareon’s Anusorn (Commemoration) for cello and piano in New York City, and for the past two years has been featured performer at the Thailand International Composers Festival.
His recordings include American Piano Music, Vols. 1 and 2, Alexander Tcherepnin: Piano Works, and Exposition: Paris 1937, all on the Etcetera label, Music By My Friends, on Albany Records, and Claude Debussy: The Complete Piano Music, Volumes 1, 2, and 3, on Bridge Records.
Mr. Lerner’s primary teachers were Claudio Arrau, German Diez, Robert Helps, and Arminda Canteros. He has his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the City University of New York and his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the Manhattan School of Music.
Mr. Lerner has lived in Thailand since 1990 and is currently a lecturer in the Music Department of Payap University in Chiang Mai, where he recently produced a two-year-long Debussy Festival featuring piano, vocal and chamber music, both Western and Southeast Asian. Future projects include a two-year festival featuring the music of Gabriel Fauré, and a series called “American Masters.”