Auckland Libraries: Pianist Lawrence Axelrod

Pianist Lawrence Axelrod

Sunday 24 February 2pm to 3pm Free

Pianist Lawrence Axelrod presents Journeys, 20th and 21st century works for piano.

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Auckland Libraries is delighted to present American pianist and composer Lawrence Axelrod, who enjoys bringing new music of all types to his audiences. 


In this concert, he explores the theme of "journeys" with works from America, Europe and New Zealand. 

  • Leos Janacek's On an Overgrown Path reveals the composer's quirky and touching ideas of a life journey.
  • American composer Nathan Lincoln-DeCusatis' The Map's Void Spaces and New Zealander Samuel Holloway's Terrain Vague both point to the unknown and liminal parts of a journey. 
  • American Ken Steen's humorous Driving Me Crazy uses electronics along with the piano for a distinctly urban journey. 
  • Venerable New Zealand composer Eve de Castro Robinson's lovely Chat presents a journey of casual conversation between two friends.
  • George Crumb's substantial Processional is a journey in the natural world. 
  • Lawrence Axelrod's own Journey/Dream, using electronics as an emotional and rhythmic charge, presents unfolding scenes of a journey to Japan.

About Lawrence Axelrod

A recent review in Opera News states that Lawrence Axelrod is “a … composer whose fresh and

distinctive music deserves to be more widely known.” 


Composer, pianist and conductor, Mr Axelrod’s musical activities have taken him around the United States, Europe, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. He has had works performed by Quintet Attacca, The Chicago Composers Orchestra, Palomar, Ensemble Dal Niente, Pinotage, and The Lincoln Trio in recent seasons. His scherzo Brown Line was premiered by the Chicago Composers Orchestra in January 2018. 


Most recently his work was included in the Sound of Silent Film Festival presented by Access Contemporary Music in April 2018. 


Mr. Axelrod is a founder and current member of the Chicago Composers’ Consortium. and was a member of CUBE Contemporary Chamber Ensemble. He has taught a highly successful opera appreciation class in Santa Fe each summer for fifteen years, which has become a springboard for leading cultural travel trips. His teaching experience also includes Music Theory at Columbia College.


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