Lee Musiker, piano, conductor, arranger

The New York Philharmonic

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Biography

Lee Musiker, a pianist, conductor, music director, arranger, and orchestrator, is known for his wealth of experience working with premiere artists in the jazz, classical, Broadway, and pop genres. These include Mel Tormé, Barbara Cook, Maureen McGovern, Audra McDonald, Kristin Chenoweth, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Joel Grey, James Taylor, Renée Fleming, Marilyn Horne, Dawn Upshaw, Deborah Voigt, Kathleen Battle, Denyce Graves, Nathan Gunn, Sylvia McNair, Julia Migenes, Joshua Bell, Buddy Rich, Doc Severinson, Wynton Marsalis, Chris Botti, and John Pizzarelli.

Since 2001 Mr. Musiker has been touring with Tony Bennett; he served as music director and pianist for the Grammy Award–winning album Tony Bennett: Duets — An American Classic and the recent Duets 2. Mr. Musiker has performed with the New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, New York Pops, Boston Pops, at the Hollywood Bowl, and with the London Symphony Orchestra, and has conducted the New York Philharmonic and the Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, Houston, Milwaukee, and Pittsburgh symphony orchestras. He has also conducted the Jerry Lewis Muscular Dystrophy Labor Day Telethon, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, and Jazz at Lincoln Center orchestras, and the Henry Mancini Institute. As an arranger and orchestrator, Mr. Musiker has written for symphony orchestras, recordings, movies, and television, and has shared Grammy and Emmy Awards.

A native New Yorker and fourth-generation musician, Lee Musiker received degrees from the Manhattan and Eastman Schools of Music, with further studies at The Juilliard School. He has served on the faculties of Mannes College The New School for Music and New York University. After a two-year tour as pianist with the Buddy Rich Band, he returned to New York and began playing in the orchestra pits of many hit Broadway shows. He was a guest on Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz and has been featured in Steinway and Keyboard magazines.

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