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Manuel Laufer

Director, Program in Piano Performance

Music and Performing Arts Professions

An enthusiastic proponent of new music, Manuel Laufer has presented world premieres at Merkin Hall, Le Poisson Rouge, Symphony Space, Bang on a Can, June in Buffalo, and Festival Atempo (Caracas and Paris). As a core member of the Hayley-Laufer Duo and Ensemble Atempo, 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 performed with orchestras on both sides of the Atlantic, and appears yearly at the Blueridge International Chamber Music Festival (Vancouver). Highlights of collaborative engagements featuring traditional repertoire in recent and upcoming seasons include Highlights of collaborative engagements featuring traditional repertoire in recent seasons include duo recitals with clarinetist Mingzhe Wang and soprano María Brea.

He has been a visiting artist at Harvard University’s Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies, the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, and University at Buffalo’s Creative Arts Initiative. A committed educator, he has served as President of the Piano Teachers Congress of New York, and taught masterclasses worldwide at institutions including Xi’an Conservatory of Music, Escuela Mozarteum de Caracas, University of Calgary, and Michigan State University. He is currently Director of Piano Studies at New York University, where he teaches pianists in solo and collaborative specializations.

Manuel Laufer holds undergraduate degrees in Music History and Piano Performance from McGill University, completed a Master’s degree at University of California, Irvine, and received a PhD in Piano Performance from NYU Steinhardt. He pursued specialized studies in collaborative arts at the Songfest Professional Program, the Franz-Schubert-Institut at Baden-bei-Wien, and the Orford Arts Centre Summer Academy. His principal teachers include Marilyn Nonken, Gabriela Montero, Nina Scolnik, Edna Golandsky, and Kyoko Hashimoto.


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