Jerome Lowenthal has distinguished himself as an artist of rare musical vision and integrity. His wide-ranging presence in a career spanning more than three decades has made him an important figure on the international music scene.
Born in Philadelphia, Jerome Lowenthal made his debut at the age of 13 with the Philadelphia Orchestra. He studied with three legendary figures: William Kapell, Edward Steuermann, and at The Ecole Normale de Musique on a Fulbright Grant with Alfred Cortot. His studies in Paris culminated in a premiere license de concert, a recording contract with Pathe Marconi, and performances with The Orchestre de la Societe des Concerts du Conservatoire. While in Europe, Mr. Lowenthal won prizes in the international competitions of Brussels, Bolzano and Darmstadt. Moving then to Jerusalem, he became concert-lecturer at the Jerusalem Academy and performed annually with the Israel Philharmonic.
In 1961, Jerome Lowenthal returned to the United States and since then has appeared with virtually every major orchestra in the United States including the Chicago Symphony, Boston Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, National Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony, St. Louis Symphony and the Minnesota Orchestra. He has performed with some of the most distinguished conductors of our time including Barenboim, Bernstein, Dorati, Giulini, Mehta, Monteux, Ormandy, Ozawa, Steinberg, Stokowski and Tennstedt, and has recorded under Sergiu Comissiona with The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, and The London Symphony Orchestra.
Mr. Lowenthal's voluminous repertoire includes 59 performed concerti. He plays works by many living composers, among whom George Rochberg, Jay Reise and Ned Rorem have composed works expressly for him. He has given all-Rochberg recitals and presented the world premiere of Rorem's Piano Concerto in Six Movements with the Pittsburgh Symphony, later recording it with the Louisville Orchestra.
Chamber music is an important part of Jerome Lowenthal's musical life. He has played duo recitals with cellist Nathaniel Rosen and violinist Itzhak Perlman, as well as two piano programs with his late wife, the Israeli pianist, Ronit Air. He is a regular participant in the festivals of Sitka, Alaska, the Reizend Muziekgezelschap in Holland, Chamber Music of Los Angeles, and the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara. Jerome Lowenthal is a faculty member of The Juilliard School and resides in New York.