Lera Auerbach

Lera Auerbach ( originally Russian Валерия Львовна Ауэрбах / Walerija Lvovna Auerbach, born October 21, 1973 in Chelyabinsk, Soviet Union) is a Russian living in the U.S. composer, pianist and author.


Auerbach was born in Chelyabinsk, a city in the Ural Mountains on the border with Siberia. As a child she appeared publicly as a pianist. At age 12, she composed her first opera. From a concert tour the U.S. in 1991 they did not return to the Soviet homeland and now lives in New York. She studied piano and composition at the Juilliard School, and literature at Columbia University. In 2002, she put her concert exam at the Musikhochschule Hannover.

Auerbach made ​​his debut in May 2002 at Carnegie Hall, where she and the Kremerata Baltica aufführte their Suite for Violin, Piano and Orchestra together with Gidon Kremer. Since then, has been listed in every season at Carnegie Hall Auerbach's music.

Auerbach continues the tradition of virtuoso composer and pianist continues the 19th and 20th centuries. Their music is characterized by its stylistic freedom and the connection tonal and atonal sounds. Her works have been played by Gidon Kremer, the Royal Danish Ballet, the Hamburg Ballet, David Finckel and Wu Han, Vadim Gluzman, Kremerata Baltica, the orchestra Kanazawa and many others. As a solo pianist she is, among others, in the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, the Opera City Hall in Tokyo, the Lincoln Center in New York, Munich Hercules Hall, the Oslo Concert Hall, Symphony Hall in Chicago and the Washington Kennedy Center occurred.

In a performance of the Royal Danish Ballet to mark the 200th birthday of Hans Christian Andersen Lera Auerbach worked for the second time with the choreographer John Neumeier. The ballet is a modern version of the classic fairy tale The Little Mermaid and was premiered in April 2005.

In November 2011, took place at the Theater an der Wien, the premiere of her opera Gogol, directed by Christine Mielitz.

2005 Lera Auerbach received the Paul Hindemith Prize at the Schleswig - Holstein Music Festival. The following year she was awarded the prize for Germany Radio Bremen Music Festival Prize. In the season 2011/2012 it is Capell - Compositeur the Staatskapelle Dresden.

Lera Auerbach also writes poetry and prose in Russian. In 1996 she was awarded by the International Pushkin Society the award as " a writer of the year".

Works (selection)

  • Requiem Dresden - Ode to Peace ( 2012)
  • Gogol Opera (2011)
  • The Little Mermaid Ballet (2004/2007)
  • Requiem for a Poet. Symphony No.. 2 for mezzo - soprano, cello, choir and orchestra (2006)
  • Russian Requiem for a boy soprano, mezzo - soprano, bass, boys' choir, mixed choir and large orchestra (2007)
  • Suite Concertante for Violin, Piano and String Orchestra ( 2001)
  • Primera luz String Quartet no. 2 (2005)
  • Twenty-four Preludes for Violin and Piano (1999)
  • Sonata for Cello and Piano (2002)
  • Twenty-four Preludes for Piano Op.41 (1999)