Bard Faculty

Lera Auerbach

Visiting Artist in Residence

Primary Academic Program: Music


BM, MM, The Juilliard School; postgraduate degree in piano, Hanover University of Music, Drama, and Media. Lera Auerbach is a composer, concert pianist, poet, and visual artist who has published more than 100 works for opera, ballet, orchestral, and chamber music, and performs as concert pianist throughout the world. Recent works have been staged by the San Francisco Ballet, Stanislavsky Theatre, Hamburg State Opera, Theatre an der Wien, National Ballet of China, Finnish National Ballet, National Ballet of Canada, Netherlands Dans Theater, and New York’s Lincoln Center, among others. She is a regular contributor to the Best American Poetry blog through her column, The Trouble Clef, and has published three books of poetry and prose in Russian as well as the English language Excess of Being (2015), in which she explores the aphorism. Honors include two Golden Masks, the ECHO Klassik, Hindemith Prize, German National Radio Prize, and Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship. The World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, selected Auerbach as a Young Global Leader in 2007 and as a Cultural Leader in 2014. Past residencies include the Trans-Siberian Art Festival, Rheingau Musik Festival and Staatskapelle in Germany, Switzerland’s Verbier Festival, Norway’s Trondheim Festival, São Paulo Symphony in Brazil, and Marlboro Music Festival in Vermont. Her music is available on Deutsche Grammophon, Nonesuch, BIS, Cedille, and other labels. At Bard since 2018.