SEPF Guest Artist Jerome Lowenthal

Jerome Lowenthal

Jerome Lowenthal

Professor of Piano,
Julliard School of Music

Jerome Lowenthal, at seventy-two, continues to fascinate audiences, who find in his playing a youthful intensity and san eloquence born of life-experience. He is a virtuoso of the fingers and the emotions.

Mr. Lowenthal studied in his native Philadelphia with Olga Samaroff-Stokowski, in New York with William Kapell and Edward Steuermann, and in Paris with Alfred Cortot, meanwhile travelling annually to Los Angeles for coachings with Artur Rubinstein. After winning prizes in three international competitions (Bolzano, Darmstadt, and Brussels) he moved to Jerusalem where, for three years, he played, taught and lectured.

Returning to America, he made his debut with the New York Philharmonic (playing Bartok's Concerto no. 2) in 1963. Since then, he has performed more-or-less everywhere, from the Aleutians to Zagreb. Conductors with whom he has appeared as soloist include Barenboim, Ozawa, Tilson Thomas, Temirkanov, and Slatkin, as well as such giants of the past as Leonard Bernstein, Eugene Ormandy, Pierre Monteux and Leopold Stokowski. He has played sonatas with Itzhak Perlman, piano duos with Ronit Amir (his late wife), Carmel Lowenthal (his daughter), and Ursula Oppens, as well as quintets with the Lark, Avalon and Shanghai Quartets.

This season he has performed Chopin in Beijing, Scriabin in Moscow, and Clementi and Poulenc in New York. He has also played recently in Vilnius, Tel Aviv, Boston, Montreal and Kiev. He is an active recording artist (concerti by Tschaikovsky and Liszt, solo works by Sweelinck, Sinding and Bartok, chamber-music by Arensky and Taneyev.

Teaching, too, is an important part of Mr. Lowenthal's musical life. For thirteen years at the Juilliard School and for thirty-four summers at the Music Academy of the West, he has worked with an extraordinary number of gifted pianists, whom he encourages to understand the music they play in a wide aesthetic and cultural perspective and to project it with the freedom which that perspective allows.