Bard Faculty

Lera Auerbach

Visiting Artist in Residence

Academic Program Affiliation(s): Bard Conservatory of Music: Composition


Lera Auerbach is one of today’s most sought-after and exciting creative voices. A prolific composer and virtuoso pianist, Auerbach’s intelligent and emotional compositions and performances have connected her to audiences around the world. Her work is championed by today’s leading performers, orchestras, festivals, ballet companies, and opera houses.

Her extensive catalogue of music is in the repertoire of leading artists, such as violinists Gidon Kremer, Leonidas Kavakos, Daniel Hope, Hilary Hahn, Vadim Gluzman, Vadim Repin, Julian Rachlin, and Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg; violists Kim Kashkashian; cellists Alisa Weilerstein, Gautier Capuçon, Alban Gerhardt, David Finckel, David Geringas, and Narek Hakhnazaryan; and the Artemis, Borromeo, Tokyo, and Ying string quartets and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. Her symphonic works have been performed by top orchestras around the globe led by conductors, including Charles Dutoit, Christoph Eschenbach, Andris Nelsons, Vladimir Jurowski, Vladimir Fedoseyev, Neeme Järvi, Sakari Oramo, Hannu Lintu, Osmo Vänskä, Alan Gilbert, Eiji Oué, and Hugo Ticciati among others.

Her operas and ballets have been staged at Theatre an der Wein in Vienna, New York’s Lincoln Center. Washington's Kennedy Center, Moscow's Stanislavsky Theater, The Hamburg State Theater, The Nuremberg State Theater, The National Ballet of Canada, The Netherlands Dance Theater, The Royal Danish Theater, The Finnish National Theater, The San Francisco Ballet, and The National Ballet of China.

Recent composer-in-residence positions include the Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden in Germany, the Trans-Siberian Festival in Russia, the Rheingau Musik Festival in Germany, Switzerland’s Verbier Festival, Norway’s Trondheim Festival, the Orquestra Sinfônica do Estado de São Paulo in Brazil, The Pacific Music Festival and Ensemble Kanazawa in Japan, and the Marlboro Music Festival in the USA.

Lera Auerbach is equally prolific in literature and the visual arts and incorporates these forms into her professional creative process. She has published three books of poetry in Russian and her first English- language book, “Excess of Being” – in which she explores the noble genre of aphorisms – is published by Arch Street Press. Currently, she is working on a new book for children to be published by Penguin/Random House. She is the author of several librettos and is a regular contributor to the Best American Poetry blog through her column, The Trouble Clef. Her sculptures and paintings are often
exhibited and are represented by Gallery Shchukin.

Her awards include the International Hindemith Prize, two Golden Masks of the Theatre Union of Russia, the Deutschlandfunk-award, and the ECHO Klassik award. Auerbach was elected a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, where she serves as a cultural leader.

Auerbach was born in the Russian city of Chelyabinsk at the gateway to Siberia. She currently lives in New York and Vienna. Her work is published by Internationale Musikverlage Hans Sikorski in Hamburg. Her music is available on ECM Records, Deutsche Grammophon, Nonesuch, BIS, Cedille, and other labels.