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Jose Serebrier


Jose Serebrier, conductor and composer, was born in Montevideo, Uruguay in 1938. At the age of nine he began to study the violin, and by the age of eleven he’d already made his conducting debut. In high school he conducted the first youth orchestra, and graduated from the Municipal School of Music in Montevideo at age fifteen.
In 1957, while conducting the Houston Symphony, Leopold Stokowski planned to premiere Symphony No.4 by Ives, an challenging work. Because the music proved too complex for the orchestra, Stokowski chose to premiere Serebrier’s Symphony No.4 instead. Serebrier had composed the symphony as a seventeen year old student at the Curtis Institute of Music. About ten years later Serebrier himself would conduct and record the difficult Ives symphony with the London Philharmonic Orchestra.
Serebrier leads major orchestras around the world and is one of the most recorded conductors of his generation with over one hundred releases. His published compositions also number over one hundred. His approach to music possesses intensity, precision and clarity.
Jose Serebrier


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