Philip Lasser
Biography

Philip Lasser is a distinguished member of the faculty of The Juilliard School since 1994.

Philip Lasser began his musical training as a pianist at the age of five. Philip Lasser also studied composition, counterpoint, harmony and analysis for many years in the Nadia Boulanger tradition, with her closest colleague and disciple, Catalan composer, Narcis Bonet, while continuing his piano studies with legendary pianist Gaby Casadesus.

Philip Lasser' s works have been gaining ever increasing recognition, entering into regular concert programs of soloists and orchestras alike. Recently, John Prestwood of the El Paso Times wrote regarding the premiere of Lasser’ s Trio at the El Paso Pro Musica Festival, “ Yes, this composition has something to say. It is a rich and dynamic American contribution to the world of music.”

Maestro Gerard Schwarz has premiered two of Lasser’ s works, Prelude and Double Fugue with the Seattle Symphony and to overwhelming ovations, Circle of Dreams with The New York Chamber Symphony at Alice Tully Hall. Bernard Holland of The New York Times writes, " 'Circle of Dreams' is well made. The uneven phrase lengths engage the ear, and the composer's ability to manage long lyrical lines with grace is considerable."

Performers such as Elizabeth Futral, Margo Garrett, Cho-Liang Lin, Zuill Bailey and Giora Schmidt, as well as recent Marguerite Long gold medalist, Jean-Frédéric Neuburger perform Lasser’s works regularly.

Philip Lasser' s works have been broadcast on NBC television and WLIW television, as well as featured on the classical radio station of the New York Times, WQXR Reflections From the Keyboard with host David Dubal and Robert Sherman’s The Listening Room.

Dr. Lasser’ s works have also been broadcast on NPR, and XFM Hong Kong radio RTHK.

Recent commissions include: Johannes Somary and the Fairfield County Chorale, the Rossetti Quartet, El Paso Pro-Musica Festival, Mezzo-Soprano Mary-Ann Hart, The String Orchestra of New York , Guitarist Cem Durüoz, The Bachanalia Chamber Orchestra, Judith Clurman and The New York Concert Singers, the 92nd Street Y, the Manchester Music Festival, and the Whitman String Quartet.

In April 2006, Philip Lasser received the Walter Hinrichsen Award from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters which is awarded in collaboration with the C.F. Peters Corporation for the publication of an American composer.

Other awards include the National Orchestral Association's New Music Orchestral Project, the Louis B. Mayer Award for operatic endeavors, and numerous ASCAP awards.

Philip Lasser has been composer-in-residence at the Camargo Foundation in Cassis , France and several times in residence at the Yaddo Colony.

Philip Lasser holds a B.A. summa cum laude from Harvard College , an M.A. from Columbia University and a D.M.A. in composition from The Juilliard School where he studied with David Diamond

Philip Lasser is also President of EAMA, the European American Musical Alliance, Inc.; a not-for-profit arts organization which runs a summer music program taught in the tradition Nadia Boulanger at the historic Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris, France.

Philip Lasser's works are published by Editions Max Eschig in Paris and by C.F. Peters and Rassel Editions in New York and can be heard on the New World Records, Crystal Records and BMG RCA/Red Seal labels.