The fascinating career of pianist/composer/arranger Jeffrey Biegel takes its roots from the beginning. Until the age of three, Mr. Biegel could neither hear nor speak, until corrected by surgery. The ‘reverse Beethoven’ phenomenon explains his life in music, having heard only vibrations in his formative years. Born a second-generation American, Mr. Biegel is of Russian and Austrian heritage.
On February 22, 2015, Moravian College in Bethlehem, PA, has conferred the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Humane Letters upon Mr. Biegel, for his achievements as a world-renowned pianist, recording artist, chamber music collaborator, and champion of new piano music, composer, arranger and educator. Mr. Biegel is respected for his incomparable performances of the standard works for piano and orchestra, and has become the ‘go to’ pianist for new compositions and special recording projects. He recently recorded Lucas Richman’s ‘Piano Concerto: In Truth’ with Maestro Richman conducting the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, on the Albany label for release summer 2015, and Steve Barta’s new ‘Symphonic Arrangement’ of Claude Bolling’s ‘Suite for Flute and Jazz Piano no. 1’ with the renowned jazz flutist, Hubert Laws, due spring 2015. He recently performed two World Premieres for piano and orchestra with Orchestra Kentucky, conducted by Jeff Reed: Peter Tork’s ‘Moderato ma non troppo’, and, Nashville’s Grammy winning composer, Dick Tunney’s ‘Concerto for Piano and Orchestra: The Monkees’. ( Mr. Tork is a member of the legendary rock group, The Monkees). Mr. Biegel’s artistry attracted the attention of the world’s most sought after producer/arranger/composer, .
As a pioneer of commissioning projects joining multitudes of orchestras as a model for commissioning new music in the 21st century, Mr. Biegel created the first largest consortium of orchestras in 1998 toward bringing a new work to audiences in 2000. He brought 27 orchestras into the largest commissioning project up until that time, for Ellen Taaffe Zwilich’s ‘Millennium Fantasy’ premiered with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra in 2000. In 2000, he decided to go one step further and create the first 50 state project with Tony award winning composer, Charles Strouse’s ‘Concerto America’.
Mr. Biegel is currently on the piano faculty at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music at Brooklyn College, a City University of New York (CUNY). He resides in New York with his wife, Sharon, and their sons Craig and Evan.