The Kennedy Center

Jeffrey Siegel


American pianist Jeffrey Siegel has been soloist with the world's great orchestras. Abroad, these include the Berlin Philharmonic, all the major London orchestras, Moscow State Symphony, Bayerischer Rundfunk (Munich), The Hague Residentie Orkest, Oslo Philharmonic, Stockholm Philharmonic, Orchestra of La Scala and the NHK Symphony in Japan; in the U.S., engagements include the New York Philharmonic, The Philadelphia Orchestra, Chicago Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, Boston Symphony and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Mr. Siegel has worked with such eminent conductors as Claudio Abbado, Pierre Boulez, Charles Dutoit, Neeme Järvi, James Levine, Lorin Maazel, Zubin Mehta, Leonard Slatkin, Michael Tilson Thomas and David Zinman, as well as such legendary maestros of the past as Eugene Ormandy, Sir Georg Solti, William Steinberg, Klaus Tennstedt and Yevgeny Svetlanov.

In addition to his solo appearances, Jeffrey Siegel presents Keyboard Conversations® , a unique, concert-plus-commentary format in which he speaks to the audience about the music before performing each work in its entirety. Newcomers to classical concerts have greeted these programs with enormous enthusiasm because they present an informal, accessible and highly entertaining introduction to the vast repertoire of the piano and to classical music in general. Mr. Siegel has also developed a following among seasoned listeners, who are enlightened by his erudition and delighted by his wit. Ongoing series flourish in numerous American cities, among them New York, Chicago, Washington, D.C., Cleveland, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Atlanta, San Diego, Phoenix, Dallas and Denver. A number of these venues have been presenting Keyboard Conversations® for more than twenty years - remarkable testimony to Mr. Siegel's superior artistry and innovative format.

As conductor, Mr. Siegel has appeared with the Pittsburgh Symphony, Saint Louis Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, Milwaukee Symphony, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, as well as orchestras in France, Scandinavia and South America. He is equally at home in the dual role of conductor/pianist, directing the orchestra from the keyboard. For the past thirteen years, Mr. Siegel has served as Music Director and Conductor of the Mainly Mozart Festival in Arizona.

In addition to solo piano works of Rachmaninoff, Hindemith and Dutilleux, Jeffrey Siegel has recorded Gershwin's complete works for piano and orchestra with Leonard Slatkin and the Saint Louis Symphony. Born into a musical family Mr. Siegel studied in his native Chicago with Rudolf Ganz and later with the legendary Rosina Lhevinne at The Juilliard School and Ilona Kabos in London. He currently resides in New York City with his wife and two children.
May 2004

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Video 9/23/2017: KEYBOARD CONVERSATIONS® with Jeffrey Siegel—Concert with Lively Commentary CELEBRATING LEONARD BERNSTEIN

Celebrate the 25th Anniversary of KEYBOARD CONVERSATIONS® with Jeffrey Siegel—Concert with Lively Commentary CELEBRATING LEONARD BERNSTEIN. The program will include excerpts from West Side Story; the Overture to Candide; his intimate, poetic Anniversaries; the unpublished Meditation on a Wedding (given to Siegel by Bernstein’s biographer Humphrey Burton); and Bernstein’s dazzling solo piano arrangement of Copland’s popular orchestral work El Salon Mexico. The program will conclude with a question and answer session.
Presented as part of Leonard Bernstein at 100.
Presented in collaboration with George Mason University.