The fascinating career of pianist/composer/arranger Jeffrey Biegel takes its roots from the beginning. Until the age of three, he could neither hear nor speak, until corrected by surgery. This “reverse Beethoven” phenomenon explains his life in music, having heard only vibrations in his formative years.
Moravian College has conferred the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Humane Letters upon him for his achievements as a world-renowned pianist, recording artist, chamber music collaborator, and champion of new piano music, composer, arranger and educator. 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.
His recording for Naxos of William Bolcom’s Prometheus for piano, orchestra and chorus, with Carl St. Clair leading the Pacific Symphony Orchestra and Pacific Chorale is planned for release in 2015, as well as E1 label’s release of Volume 2: The Complete Sonatas for Piano by Mozart. His Naxos discography also includes Leroy Anderson’s Concerto in C with Leonard Slatkin conducting the BBC Concert Orchestra and several more.
An avid composer, Biegel and his son, Craig, co-composed The World In Our Hands, published by the Hal Leonard Corporation. The Hal Leonard Corporation has also published Christmas In A Minute, an SATB choral version of Chopin’s Minute Waltz. Biegel received a commission to compose a new work for SSA choir with the chosen text, “Hey Ho, The Wind and the Rain” from William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, also published by the Hal Leonard Corporation.
Biegel is currently on the piano faculty at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music at Brooklyn College, a City University of New York (CUNY).