Jeffrey Biegel

Pianist Jeffrey Biegel organized the initial commissioning of Shadows for piano and orchestra, which had its world premiere on October 29, 2011, with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Music Director Carlos Miguel Prieto, conductor leading a consortium of several orchestras in the commissioning project. Due to the events of Covid in 2020, Dr. Zwilich decided to take several original works and arrange them for smaller ensembles. Hence, this marks the premiere for the new version of Shadows featuring a piano soloist and seven players on stage. 

Jeffrey Biegel has become widely respected for his performances and recordings of traditional repertoire, and for commissioning a dozen composers to write new works for piano and orchestra, and for piano, orchestra and chorus. One such work, Kenneth Fuchs’s Piano Concerto: Spiritualist, was commissioned by several orchestras and recorded with the London Symphony Orchestra with Maestra JoAnn Falletta conducting the Naxos recording. The recording garnered a Grammy win in 2019 for Best Classical Compendium. Mr. Biegel also created and performed the first classical video live-stream recitals in New York’s Steinway Hall and in Amsterdam in 1997 and 1998 respectively. Two weeks following the September 2021 performance of Shadows with the Idaho State-Civic Symphony, he will perform the world premiere of Dr. Zwilich’s tribute work to the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, featuring mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves joining Mr. Biegel, along with the premiere of his own Reflection of Justice: An Ode to Ruth Bader Ginsburg (orchestrations by Harrison Sheckler), both with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.