Leonard Lehrman

Composition, Piano

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Leonard Lehrman (ASCAP, GEMA) was a protégé of Elie Siegmeister, who called him his "Continuator." His 243 compositions (including 12 operas and 7 musicals) have won numerous awards and been heard on six continents.  His other composition teachers included Earl Kim, Nadia Boulanger, Leon Kirchner, Karel Husa, John Eaton, Donald Erb, and Robert Palmer. He also worked on completing works by Marc Blitzstein with Leonard Bernstein, who called him "Marc Blitzstein's dybbuk." B.A. cum laude from Harvard, M.F.A. & D.M.A. from Cornell, M.S.L.S. from L.I.U., and B.M. Piano & M.M. Conducting equivalencies from Indiana, in 1977-78 he was Metropolitan Opera Assistant Chorus Master. In 1983 he founded the Jüdischer Musiktheaterverein Berlin; in 1988 the Metropolitan Philharmonic Chorus, which will be singing the NY & NYC premieres of the Blitzstein-Lehrman Sacco and Vanzetti at Hofstra and Community Church of NY Sept. 13 & Oct. 18, 2020 respectively, staged by Benjamin Spierman. Lehrman and his wife Helene have posted over 3400 videos of their performances viewed over 750,000 times on YouTube.  Their most recent recordings include Harmonize Your Spirit with My Calm, with music by Lehrman and Joel Mandelbaum, recorded in Russia by Parma on Ravello; and Marc Blitzstein Solo Piano Music, including a melodrama cut from his ballet Show (with Jerome Robbins), launched at Schott's Music Shop in London, Feb. 1, 2019.  Website: