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Biography
Eric Huebner

Pianist Eric Huebner has drawn worldwide acclaim for his performances of new and traditional music since making his debut with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at age 17. In January 2012 he was appointed pianist of the New York Philharmonic and holds the Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Piano Chair. From 2001 through 2012, Huebner was a member of Antares, a quartet comprised of clarinet, violin, cello, and piano. First-prize winner of the 2002 Concert Artists Guild International Competition, Antares appeared regularly in major chamber music venues throughout the United States and worked closely with many composers on the commissioning of new works for its combination.

A passionate interpreter of the music of our time, Huebner has premiered countless new works and has appeared as soloist and chamber musician across North America, Germany, Japan, and Brazil.

A devoted teacher as well as performer, Huebner is professor of music and chair of the music department at the University at Buffalo (SUNY), where he maintains a studio of graduate and undergraduate piano majors and minors and teaches courses in 20th century piano music and piano literature. Since the fall of 2014, he has been a member of the adjunct faculty of The Juilliard School, where he teaches a course in orchestral keyboard performance.

Two recent solo releases on New Focus Recordings feature Huebner in works by Schumann, Carter, Stravinsky, and Ligeti. Huebner holds a B.M. and M.M. from The Juilliard School, where he studied with Jerome Lowenthal.

 

“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.

As of September 2012
Upcoming 2022-2023 Performances
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Program To Include
  • Farrenc, Trio for Flute, Cello, and Piano
  • Bartók, Contrasts
  • R. Schumann, String Quartet No. 1
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  • Fiona Simon, Violin
  • Sharon Yamada, Violin
  • Yulia Ziskel, Violin
  • Robert Rinehart, Viola
  • Alexei Yupanqui Gonzales, Cello
  • Sumire Kudo, Cello
  • Mindy Kaufman, Flute
  • Anthony McGill, Clarinet
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