About

Brad Lubman, conductor/composer, is one of the foremost conductors of modern music and a leading figure in the field for over two decades. A frequent guest conductor of the world’s most distinguished orchestras and new music ensembles, he has gained widespread recognition for his versatility, commanding technique, and insightful interpretations. His flexibility in a variety of settings has led him to conduct a broad range of repertoire from classical to contemporary works, and to direct projects including orchestra, opera, multimedia, and mixed ensemble. Lubman has led major orchestras including the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Danish National Symphony, NDR Symphony Orchestra Hamburg, DSO Berlin, SWR Sinfonieorchester, WDR Symphony Cologne, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Finnish Radio Symphony, and the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra.

In addition, he has worked with some of the most important European and American ensembles for contemporary music, including Ensemble Modern, London Sinfonietta, Klangforum Wien, Musik Fabrik, Ensemble Resonanz, and Steve Reich and Musicians. Lubman has conducted at new-music festivals across Europe, including those in Lucerne, Salzburg, Berlin, Huddersfield, Paris, Cologne, Frankfurt, and Oslo.

Lubman is founding Co-Artistic and Music Director of the NY-based Ensemble Signal. Since its debut in 2008, the Ensemble has performed over 300 concerts and co-produced ten 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.

Lubman has been particularly noted for his ability to quickly master challenging scores in a variety of settings, a skill honed between 1989-94, when he was assistant to Oliver Knussen at Tanglewood. Lubman has conducted numerous world premieres. Among these are Steve Reich’s Three Tales, Reich/Richter, Runner, Daniel Variations, Radio Rewrite, and Variations for Vibes, Pianos and Strings. Additional world premieres given by Lubman include Helmut Lachenmann’s Concertini and Michael Gordon/David Lang/Julia Wolfe’s Shelter, as well as works by Philip Glass, Brian Ferneyhough, Charles Wuorinen, John Zorn, and Hilda Paredes.

Lubman was the 2017 Composer in Residence at the Grafenegg Festival in Austria in his dual role as conductor and composer in residence; a highlight of his residency was a performance with the Tonkünstler Orchestra Austria, where he led works by Brahms and Mahler as well as the world premiere of his own Reflections for orchestra. His recent work Tangents was commissioned by the LA Philharmonic and premiered at Walt Disney Concert Hall. In Spring 2020, Rudolf Buchbinder will premiere a new work for solo piano by Lubman at the Vienna Musikverein as part of a project including 11 contemporary composers each writing their own variations on Diabelli’s theme – which Buchbinder will also record for Deutsche Gramaphon and perform live on tour in 2020.

Brad Lubman is on faculty at the Eastman School of Music and the Bang on a Can Summer Institute.

Events

Sep. 22, 2018
Casa da Musica • Porto, Portugal
Orquestra Sinfónica do Porto Casa da Música

Johannes Schöllhorn: Bach Fantasia BWV 922 (2018)
Julian Anderson: Fantasias (2009)
Hector Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique (1830)

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Oct. 5, 2018
Koncerthuset • Copenhagen, Denmark
Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra

Gala Concert, program chosen from requests by listeners to the classical radio station.

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Oct. 11, 2018
Kilbourn Hall • Eastman School of Music, Rochester, NY
Eastman Musica Nova

Oliver Knussen: Songs Without Voices (1991-92)
Augusta Read Thomas: Selene - Moon Chariot Rituals (2015)

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Oct. 15, 2018
Lippes Hall, University at Buffalo • Buffalo, NY
Ensemble Signal

In Memory of Oliver Knussen
Oliver Knussen: Sonya’s Lullaby (1978)
Oliver Knussen: Hums and Songs of Winnie the Pooh (1970/83)
Elliott Carter: Triple Duo (1983)
Oliver Knussen: Secret Psalm (1990)
Toru Takemitsu: Rain Tree Sketch II (1982)
Oliver Knussen: Songs without Voices (1991-92)

Olivia De Prato, Violin
David Friend, Piano
Tiffany DuMochelle, Soprano

Tiffany DuMouchelle, soprano

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Nov. 9, 2018
Ars Nova • Henry le Boeuf Hall • Brussels, Belgium
Brussels Philharmonic

John Zorn: Orchestra Variations (1996)
Régis Campo: Concerto pour Orchestre et Théremine (World Premiere)
Marius Constant: Concerto for Barrel Organ and Orchestra (1988)
Frank Zappa: Envelopes (1981)
Frank Zappa: Pedro’s Dowry (1983)

Carolina Eyck, Theremin
Pierre Charial, Barrel Organ

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Nov. 16, 2018
Kilbourn Hall • Eastman School of Music, Rochester, NY
Eastman Musica Nova Ensemble

Charles Wuorinen: The River of Light (1996)
Charles Wuorinen: New York Notes (1981/82)

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Nov. 23, 2018
Wien Modern • Wiener Konzerthaus Mozart Saal • Vienna, Austria
Ensemble Modern • Arditti Quartet

Brian Ferneyhough: Umbrations (2017)

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Nov. 30, 2018
Ensemble Signal & Wolfgang Mitterer: Part 2

Wolfgang Mitterer: mobile beats (2012)
Performed by Ensemble Signal & Brad Lubman, Conductor with Wolfgang Mitterer, Electronics

Wolfgang Mitterer: Solo Organ & Electronics Set
Performed by Wolfgang Mitterer on St. Peter’s much-heralded Johannes Klais Orgelbau organ

Brad Lubman, Conductor
Wolfgang Mitterer, Organ and Electronics
Paul Coleman, Sound Director

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Dec. 1 & 2, 2018
The Guggenheim Museum • Works & Process at the Guggenheim, NY, NY
Ensemble Signal

Sergei Prokofiev: Peter and The Wolf (1936)

Isaac Mizrahi, Narrator, Director, Stage & Costume Design
Brad Lubman, Conductor (Dec 1, 2)
John Heginbotham, Choreography

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Dec. 8, 2018
New World Center • Miami, FL
New World Symphony

David Lang: harmony and understanding (world premiere)
John Adams: Harmonielehre (1985)

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Dec. 14, 2018
Musica Viva • Herkulessaal • Munich, Germany
Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra

Bernd Alois Zimmermann: Sinfonie in Einem Satz (First Version 1951)
Bernd Alois Zimmermann: Dialoge Concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestra (1965 version)
Nicolaus Richter de Vroe: New Work for Violin and Orchestra

GrauSchumacher Piano Duo
Ilya Gringolts, Violin

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Jan. 12, 2019
Victoria Concert Hall • Singapore
Singapore Symphony

Steve Reich: Pulse (2015)
Steve Reich: City Life (1995)
Bela Bartok: Music for Strings, Percussion, and Celeste (1936)

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Feb. 1, 2019
Kodak Hall • Eastman Theatre • Rochester, New York
Eastman Philharmonia

Oliver Knussen: Flourish With Fireworks (1988)
Augusta Read Thomas: Brio (2018)
Dmitiri Shostakovich: Concerto No.1 for Piano and Trumpet (1933)
Claude Debussy: La Mer

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Feb. 10, 2019
ECLAT Festival Neue Musik Stuttgart • Theaterhaus am Pragsattel • Stuttgart, Germany
SWR Vokalensemble Stuttgart, SWR Symphonieorchester, SWR Experimentalstudio

Vykintas Baltakas: New Work (World Premiere)
Christian Winther Christensen: New Work for Piano and Orchestra (World Premiere)
Vito Žuraj: Der Alchimist für gemischten Kammerchor und Sinfonieorchester

Rei Nakamura, Klavier

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Feb. 19, 2019
Casa da Música • Porto, Portugal
Remix Ensemble

Michael Gordon, David Lang & Julia Wolfe: Shelter (2005)

Bill Morrison, Film

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Feb. 23, 2019
Casa da Música • Porto, Portugal
Orquestra Sinfónica do Porto Casa da Música

Charles Ives: Three Places in New England (1911-1914)
Elliott Carter: Violin Concerto (1990)
Claude Vivier: Siddhartha (1976)

Irvine Arditti, Violin

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Mar. 8, 2019
Klassik Heute • Funkhaus Wallrafplatz • Cologne, Germany
WDR Sinfonieorchester Cologne

Hans Zender: Schubert’s Winterreise, a composed interpretation (1993)

Daniel Behle, Tenor

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Mar. 15, 2019
Library of Congress • Washington, DC
Ensemble Signal

Oliver Knussen: Songs Without Voices (1991-92)
Luca Francesconi: Trauma Etudes (World Premiere, Library of Congress Commission)
Arnold Schoenberg: Pierrot Lunaire (1912)

Rachel Calloway, Mezzo Soprano

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April, May & June, 2019
The Shed • New York, NY
Ensemble Signal

Steve Reich: New Work (2019) • World Premiere
Performed alongside artwork and video by Gerhard Richter, as part of The Shed’s REICH RICHTER PÄRT project.

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Apr. 12, 2019
Funkhaus Halberg • Saarbrücken, Germany
Deutschland Radio Orchestra

Leonard Bernstein: Candide Overture (1956)
Samuel Barber: Piano Concerto (1960/62)
George Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue (1924)
Leonard Bernstein: Symphonic Dances from West Side Story (1960)

Anny Hwang, Piano

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Apr. 28, 2019
Thüringer Bachwochen • Theater Erfurt • Erfurt, Germany
MDR Sinfonieorchester Leipzig

Bach/Schoenberg: Prelude and Fugue in Eb (BWV 552) “St. Anne"
Bach/Mahler: Suite from orchestral works by JS Bach
Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 1

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May 4, 2019
Musik der Zeit and Acht Brücken Festival • Cologne Philharmonie • Cologne, Germany
WDR Sinfonieorchester Cologne

Christophe Bertrand: Mana (2004-05)
Gerhard Stäbler: Den Müllfahrern von San Francisco (1989/2019)
Georges Aperghis: Etudes pour orchestre IV, V, & VI (2012-14)

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May 9, 2019
Lippes Hall, University at Buffalo • Buffalo, NY
Ensemble Signal

David Felder: Jeu de Tarot (2017)
Performed by Ensemble Signal with Brad Lubman, Conductor & Irvine Arditti, Violin Soloist

David Felder: Complete String Quartets
Performed by the Arditti Quartet

Arditti Quartet
Ensemble Signal
Brad Lubman, Conductor
Irvine Arditti, Violin

June 7, 2019
Festival Manifeste IRCAM • cité de la musique • Paris, France
Orchestre Symphonique de Radio France

Franck Bedrossian: Twist for orchestra and electronics (2016)
Iannis Xenakis: Lichens (1983)

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June 29, 2019
Grafenegg Summer Concerts • Grafenegg, Austria
Tonkünstler Orchestra

Oliver Knussen: Flourish With Fireworks (1993)
Oliver Knussen: The Way To Castle Yonder (1988-90)
Oliver Knussen: The Wild Rumpus (from Where The Wild Things Are) (1983)
Edward Elgar: Nimrod (from Enigma Variations)
Gustav Holst: Mars and Jupiter (from The Planets)
The Beatles: Selections performed with The Canadian Brass

Canadian Brass, Soloists

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Sep. 4, 2019
Musikfest Berlin • Philharmonie • Berlin, Germany
Ensemble Modern

Edgard Varèse: Déserts (1954)
Olga Neuwirth: locus…doublure…solus (2001)
Louis Andriessen: De Stijl (1984-85)

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Sep. 12, 2019
Enescu Festival • Iasi, Romania
Moldova Philharmonic

Johannes Maria Staud: Über trügerische Stadtpläne und die Versuchungen der Winternächte (2008-09)
Michael Jarrell: Paysages avec figures absentes – Nachlese IV” (2009)
Calin Ioachimescu: Tempo 80 (1979)
Philippe Manoury: Zones de Turbulences (2013)

Ad libitum Quartet
Ilya Gringolts, violin
GrauSchumacher Piano Duo

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Sep. 14, 2019
Enescu Festival • Radio Hall, Bucharest, Romania
Moldova Philharmonic

Johannes Maria Staud: Über trügerische Stadtpläne und die Versuchungen der Winternächte (2008-09)
Michael Jarrell: Paysages avec figures absentes – Nachlese IV” (2009)
Calin Ioachimescu: Tempo 80 (1979)
Philippe Manoury: Zones de Turbulences (2013)

Ad libitum Quartet
Ilya Gringolts, violin
GrauSchumacher Piano Duo

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Oct. 15, 2019
New Sounds Live • World Financial Center Winter Garden • New York, NY
Ensemble Signal

Steve Reich: Music for 18 Musicians (1974-76)

Brad Lubman, Music Director & Percussion
On-stage discussion with John Schaefer and Steve Reich

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Oct. 17, 2019
Kilbourn Hall • Eastman School of Music • Rochester, New York
Eastman Musica Nova Ensemble

Kate Soper: Missing Scenes: A Winter’s Tale (2019), world premiere
Steve Reich: Radio Rewrite (2012)

Kate Soper, vocalist

Oct. 27, 2019
Milano Musica Festival • La Scala • Milan, Italy
Filarmonica de La Scala

Luca Francesconi: Duende/The Dark Notes (2013)
Igor Stravinsky: Le Sacre du Printemps (1913)

Leila Josefowicz, violin

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Nov. 25-27, 2019
Flagey • Brussels, Belgium
Brussels Philharmonic

Tactus Composers Workshop • Works TBA

Nov. 15, 2019
Kilbourn Hall • Eastman School of Music • Rochester, NY
Eastman Musica Nova

Helen Grime: A Cold Spring (2009)
Olga Neuwirth: Lonicera Caprifolium (1993)

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Nov. 19, 2019
Maida Vale Studio Concert • London, UK
BBC Symphony Orchestra

Andrew Norman: Sacred Geometry (2003)
Bela Bartok: Viola Concerto
Augusta Read Thomas: Helios Choros I (2006)
Jonathan Bailey Holland: Motor City Dance Mix (2003)

Timothy Ridout, viola

Nov. 23, 2019
Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival • Huddersfield, UK
London Sinfonietta

Katherine Balch: New Geometry (2015)
Georg Friedrich Haas: Homage to Bridget Riley (2019) • World Premiere

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Dec. 5, 2019
Southbank Centre • London, UK
London Sinfonietta

Katherine Balch: New Geometry (2015)
Georg Friedrich Haas: Homage to Bridget Riley (2019) • World Premiere

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Dec. 10, 2019
Cité de la musique • Paris, France
Ensemble Intercontemporain

Oliver Knussen: O Hototogisu (2018)
Toru Takemitsu: Rain Coming (1982)
Elliott Carter: Triple Duo (1982)
Hans Werner Henze: Ode an eine Äolsharfe (1985/86)
Oliver Knussen: Requiem. Songs for Sue (2006)

Claire Booth, soprano,
Sophie Cherrier, flute
Pierre Bibault, guitar

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