"Axelrod's music always
takes us on a journey. He writes so well for each instrument, showcasing its strength. Contrasts between intense and richly orchestrated sections and his distinctly original use of solo recitative in the more meditative passages give his work depth and is of great interest to the listeners and performers."
and highly innovative...above all: lots of fun to perform!"
Lawrence Axelrod, composer, pianist & conductor
Lawrence Axelrod is a composer, pianist and conductor, whose musical activities have taken him around the United States and the world. As a composer, Mr. Axelrod has had works done by Pinotage, The Lincoln Trio, The Duo Ahlert/Schwab, the Ensemble JungeMusik Berlin and The Verdi String Quartet in recent seasons. In the dual capacities of pianist and composer, he has presented concerts around the United States and internationally, including venues in Germany, Sweden, Cuba and South Africa. His compositions have been performed on composers’ festival concerts around the United States. His work for orchestra and tape, Cassandra Speaks, was premiered by the San Jose Symphony (CA) in June of 1999 with music director Leonid Grin conducting. He has three CD recordings that feature his works.
Mr. Axelrod has received grants from Chorus America, Meet the Composer and Arts International for the performances of his works.
Mr. Axelrod was also a founder and past chairperson of the Chicago Composers’ Consortium, as well as a member of CUBE. He has taught a highly successful opera appreciation class at Ghost Ranch Santa Fe each summer for nearly ten years. His teaching experience also includes classes for young people. Lawrence Axelrod received his undergraduate degree from Amherst College and a Master of Music Degree in orchestral conducting from Northwestern University.