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Biography
Eric Huebner

Pianist Eric Huebner joined the roster of the New York Philharmonic in January 2012. A native of Los Angeles, he is a graduate of The Juilliard School, where he studied with Jerome Lowenthal, and has been a guest pianist with the Philharmonic since 2004. Mr. Huebner has been featured in orchestral works by Stravinsky, Ives, R. Strauss, and Milhaud, among others.

In June 2012 he will perform as soloist with Musicians from the Philharmonic in the World Premiere of Elliott Carter’s Two Controversies and a Conversation — a double concerto for piano and percussion with percussionist Colin Currie — on the CONTACT! program, conducted by David Robertson.

An active soloist and chamber musician, Mr. Huebner has twice been a featured recitalist at the Ojai Festival in California. He has also appeared on the Monday Evening Concerts and Piano Spheres series in Los Angeles in addition to solo appearances at the Carlsbad Music Festival, Miller Theater and (le) Poisson Rouge. He has performed at Zankel Hall as soloist in Ligeti’s Piano Concerto and at Alice Tully Hall in Messiaen’s Oiseaux Exotiques, both conducted by David Robertson. Since 2001 Mr. Huebner has been a member of Antares, a quartet comprising clarinet, violin, cello, and piano. A first-prize winner of the 2002 Concert Artists Guild International Competition, Antares has performed in major chamber music venues throughout the United States.

Eric Huebner is currently assistant professor of piano at the University at Buffalo, where he maintains an active piano studio and performs as part of the Slee Sinfonietta. He has recorded a wide variety of solo piano and chamber music for the Col Legno, Centaur, Bridge, Albany, Tzadik, Innova, New Focus Recordings, and Mode Records labels.

“My dad was a composer in college in the late 1960s, a heyday for modern music, and we had all these avant-garde scores at home when I was growing up. I wondered what this strange, esoteric music was all about.”

Q&A with Eric Huebner
THE FACTS: Born in Los Angeles, California. Bachelor’s and master’s from The Juilliard School (studied with Jerome Lowenthal). Prior to the Philharmonic: Featured recitalist at the Ojai Festival in California; solo appearances at the Carlsbad Music Festival, Miller Theatre, and (le) Poisson Rouge; soloist at Zankel Hall in Ligeti’s Piano Concerto; soloist at Alice Tully Hall in Messiaen’s Oiseaux exotiques. Currently: assistant professor of piano at the University at Buffalo. At the Philharmonic: Joined in January 2012 (regular substitute since 2004). Most recent recording: solo piano music by Roger Reynolds (Mode Records)

EARLIEST MUSICAL MEMORY: I attended a lot of concerts growing up in Los Angeles. Three I remember that made a big impression were recitals by Ivo Pogorelich and Evgeny Kissin, just as they were coming on the scene, and Yo-Yo Ma playing Bach’s Cello Suites at the Ambassador Auditorium in Pasadena.

FIRST PIECE YOU FELL IN LOVE WITH: Rachmaninoff’s Second Piano Concerto

WHEN DID YOU START PLAYING PIANO? I started when I was four. My dad was a private piano teacher. I saw his students come in every day and was curious what it was all about.

MOST INSPIRING COMPOSER: Growing up, Bach. Later on, Chopin. More recently, 20th-century composers, primarily Stockhausen and John Cage.

HOW DID YOU GET INTERESTED IN CONTEMPORARY MUSIC? My dad was a composer in college in the late 1960s, a heyday for modern music, and we had all these avant-garde scores at home when I was growing up. I wondered what this strange, esoteric music was all about. When I was in middle school, I clearly remember looking through a score to Stockhausen’s Gruppen (which I just played with the Philharmonic). I wondered what kind of a person would write something like that. I got interested enough that I decided to learn some of Stockhausen’s solo piano pieces once I got to Juilliard.

WHAT WOULD YOU BE IF NOT A MUSICIAN? When I was 14 or 15 I thought that if the music thing didn’t work out, I’d like to be a naval architect and design sailboats.

WHAT DO YOU DO IN YOUR FREE TIME? Spend time with my wife and ten-month-old son, Henry. I love to bike all around — I ride to rehearsals and sometimes concerts from my apartment in Queens. I love museums, walking around the city, going to restaurants, and seeing friends.

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