Manuel Laufer, piano
An enthusiastic proponent of new music, pianist Manuel Laufer has presented world premieres at Merkin Hall, Le Poisson Rouge, Bang on a Can, June in Buffalo, and Festival Atempo (Caracas and Paris). He has concertized extensively playing contemporary chamber music, performing canonic works by composers including Babbitt, Cage, Crumb, Lachenmann, and Xenakis, in addition to newly commissioned repertoire. His solo work has championed modernist voices from his native Venezuela, placing particular emphasis on composer Diógenes Rivas.
A versatile musician, he is also passionate about traditional repertoire. He has appeared as soloist with orchestras on both sides of the Atlantic, and performs yearly at the Blueridge International Chamber Music Festival (Vancouver).
He serves on the Screening Committee of Festival Atempo, co-chairs the 20th/21st Century Music Festival of the Piano Teachers Congress of New York, and recently completed artist residencies at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies at Harvard University. Formerly on staff as a collaborative pianist at University of California, Irvine, he is currently a member of the Artist Faculty at NYU Steinhardt, where he serves as Director of Collaborative Piano.