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Brad Lubman, American conductor and composer, has gained widespread recognition for his versatility, commanding technique and insightful interpretations over the course of more than two decades. He is much in demand with major orchestras in Europe and the USA and has been successful in building up regular partnerships with several well-known orchestras and ensembles such as the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, NDR Symphony Orchestra, WDR Symphony Orchestra and Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Danish National Symphony Orchestra and Orquestra Sinfónica do Porto. Alongside his busy schedule in Germany, he is also frequently asked to conduct some of the world’s leading orchestras, including the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Barcelona Symphony Orchestra and the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra.
In addition, he has worked with some of the most important European and American ensembles for contemporary music, including the Ensemble Modern, London Sinfonietta, Klangforum Wien, Ensemble MusikFabrik, Asko|Schönberg Ensemble Amsterdam, Ensemble Resonanz, Los Angeles Philharmonic New Music Group, Chicago Symphony MusicNOW, and Steve Reich and Musicians.
Following his debut with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra at the start of the autumn, the 2016/17 season particularly focuses on projects celebrating Steve Reich’s 80th birthday at prestigious venues including Carnegie Hall, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, the Philharmonies in Cologne and Paris and Cal Performances. Brad Lubman continues his collaborations with the Symphony Orchestras of the WDR and Danish National, as well as the Orquestra Sinfónica do Porto, while the highlight of the season will be his residency at the Grafenegg Festival in Austria. Here he can be seen in his double role as conductor and composer in several concerts and will lead the Composer Conductor Workshop “Ink Still Wet”.
Brad Lubman is founding Co-Artistic and Music Director of the NY-based Ensemble Signal. Since its debut in 2008 the Ensemble has performed over 100 concerts and co-produced nine recordings. Their recording of Reich’s Music for 18 Musicians on harmonia mundi was awarded a Diapason d’or in June 2015 and appeared on the Billboard Classical Crossover charts. He is also Associate Professor of Conducting and Ensembles at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, as well as on the faculty at the Bang-on-a-Can
His own music has been performed in the United States and Europe and can be heard on his first portrait CD, insomniac, on John Zorn’s label Tzadik. He has also recorded for Harmonia Mundi, Nonesuch, AEON, BMG/RCA, Kairos, Mode, NEOS, and Cantaloupe.
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It was astounding the way Lubman precisely carved out the different instrumental features in the second part. (…) One can hardly imagine a more intensive live experience of Grisey’s music.
klassik.com, Dr. Stefan Drees, 7 November 2015
Lubman immediately made an impression, leading a powerful rendition of an excerpt from Ligeti's "Atmospheres" prior to the film's opening sequence. And one has to admit, the "Sunrise" opening has never sounded so thrilling as when heard by a live orchestra outdoors with the unforgettable corresponding images on the big screens, validating Kubrick's original vision. (…) Lubman led it [Strauss Jr.’s “Blue Danube”] with considerable sway and grace, syncing with the footsteps of a flight attendant in the film. Same with the Adagio from Khachaturian's "Gayane," given a lovely, patient rendition, and Ligeti's "Lux Aeterna”.
Los Angeles Times, Richard S. Ginell, August 2015
Brad Lubman, who has given the world premieres of many of Steve Reich’s works, devotes himself to a very personal interpretation - within the limits of minimalist expression. He maintains the mechanics of the piece with Ravel-like accuracy, and with the Ensemble Signal he achieves astounding Klangfarben that appear from a movement that is both indistinct and detailed.
Le Monde, Pierre Gervasoni, Juni 2015
Even if more recordings are released next year to celebrate the 40th anniversary of this work, Steve Reich’s instant classic, none will likely be more sensational than this.
The New York Times, David Allen, Mai 2015
The superb German Radio Philharmonic had at its helm not just an expert in Brad Lubman but also an excellent conductor for newer music. Where conventional conducting techniques are bound to fail, his conducting accompanied by rational empathy was simply perfect. Bravo.
Saarbrücker Zeitung, Helmut Fackler, Mai 2015
He [Brad Lubman] is, in many ways, the electric Georg Solti of new music. The performance sizzled. Lubman conducted with insistent gusto and an impressive rhythmic dexterity.
Los Angeles Times, Mark Swed, January 2014
Lubman seemed powerfully attuned to the work, like a magician commanding storms or perhaps the ancient ferryman himself crossing treacherous seas. Watching him conduct Clyne’s masterpiece was a highlight of the concert.
Monterey Herald.com, Barbara Rose Shuler, August 2013
MVP conductor Brad Lubman led the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin in a superlatively played and recorded survey of Feldman’s orchestral music.
Time Out New York (Best Classical Albums of 2011), Steve Smith, December 2011
The orchestra played skilfully and without missing a beat under the excellent and versatile conductor Brad Lubman (...) Mr Lubman has been highly praised for his great interpretation of this magnificent composition of Bartók, showing all contrasts and a perfect precision.
Dziennik Polski, Adam Walacinski, October 2011