Neil Harris Galanter - pianist and composer
concert artist, musician, pedagogue, clinician, educator, lecturer, master classes, seminars
BIOGRAPHY

      The pianist and composer Neil Galanter began his musical studies at the age of seven. He gave his first recital at the age of nine, and made his debut at twelve with orchestra. He has since gone on to play many recitals and concerts spanning four continents including appearances throughout the USA, Mexico, Canada, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and Asia.  His concerts have brought him to such venues as Centenary Hall in Leeds, Salle Cortot in Paris, McCain Hall in Dublin, Ulster Hall in Belfast, the Sydney Opera House and the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam.
      He received his Bachelor of Music with minors in French Language and Journalism from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, and a MM in Piano Performance in Philadelphia where he was a student of Alexander Fiorillo, student of Horowitz. He received his Doctoral degree in Music from the University of Southern California(USC). He also studied at the Juilliard School of Music and Manhattan School of Music in New York. His teachers have included such well-known pianists as Adele Marcus, Theodore Lettvin, Robert Goldsand, Jerome Rose, and Nicholas Zumbro. He is also a composer and has written over a dozen pieces for solo piano, woodwinds, chamber music and choir.
      Galanter was the recipient of a fellowship and Spanish Music Prize two years in a row from the commission for "Musica en Compostela" from the Spanish Government in Santiago Spain. He has done extensive research in the origins of Spanish Piano Music of the 19th and 20th centuries, which is one of his specialties. He has been on the faculties of Temple University, University of Arizona, Settlement School in Philadelphia, Bethesda University,  Muzikschule-Habichtswald in Germany, and also as a Visiting Artist in Residence at A&M University in Huntsville, Alabama.
      Other awards include a first prize in the Jackson Symphony Piano Competition, the Young Artists Award from the Detroit Symphony, the silver medal from the Amsterdamse Regio Muziek Concurrentie and fellowships and scholarships at the New England Conservatory of Music, Manhattan School of Music, Temple University Philadelphia, and at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles
      His recital activities have included complete performances of Goyescas the Spanish Piano Suite of Enrique Granados, Iberia of Albeniz, as well as varied recital programs including many of the important Spanish, English, French and Belgian composers. He has performed recitals of Spanish music and English music in England, Ireland, Holland and Paris and has made two tours to Australia and New Zealand where he played concerts in Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Sydney, Toowoomba, Christchurch & Dunedin. A recent tour of Ireland and the UK included a performance of the Liszt E Flat Concerto with the Cork Symphony Orchestra.
      He is a researcher and exponent of music of many major Spanish, English, French and Belgian composers: Albeniz, Absil, Bax, Bliss, Blancafort, Granados, De Falla, Poot, Turina, Mompou and Montsalvatge among others. Senor Montsalvatge himself has lauded Mr. Galanter's interpretations of Spanish Music and invited Dr. Galanter recently to Spain to meet him and his wife after the composer heard Mr. Galanter's interpretations of his works on his newly released CD of all Spanish Music. William Blezard of the UK wrote a piano work especially for Mr. Galanter during one of his Australian Tours.
      He also has played the French, Russian, American, English, Spanish and Belgian Repertoires extensively and as well as the works of the Australian composers Percy Grainger and Arthur Benjamin.  He is also a linguist & has worked as an interpreter/translator being  fluent in five languages: French, German, Dutch, Swedish and English.
      His musical interests are varied and broad and stretch from many unusual and neglected repertoires of Western European composers all the way to myriads of Pop/Rock, Indie, alternative, Folk and Brazilian Music. His library of recordings equally includes music of the great Rock and Pop Stars such as Elton John, Billy Joel, Queen, Police, Duran Duran, The Beatles, ABBA,The Kinks, The Smiths, Zappa, etc. just as it does the great Classical Standards. He also has a voracious interest in singer/songwriters such as Jacques Brel, Serge Gainsbourg, Antonio Carlos Jobim (Tom Jobim), David Bowie, Arno, and brilliant living young talents such as Sondre Lerche and MIKA.

      In recent seasons, he collaborated in a series of chamber music and solo concerts with members of the LA Philharmonic and the LA Chamber Orchestra including several performances of the TURINA Piano Quartet. He gave the American Premiere of the Belgian Composer Marcel Poot's Piano Concerto in Los Angeles with the Los Angeles Valley Symphony Orchestra. He has been a professor and lecturer at many institutions including: Temple University, A&M University in Alabama, Bethesda University of California, USC, Loyola Marymount University and presently at National University in Los Angeles. At LMU, he designed a special course called Musical Artistry & Appreciation. He records for Disques Pyrennes. 


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