Jerome Lowenthal (born February 11, 1932 in Philadelphia) is an American classical pianist. He is a member of the piano faculty at the Juilliard School in New York, where he was also chair of the piano department. Additionally, Lowenthal is on the faculty at Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, California. He made his debut at 13 with the Philadelphia Orchestra. Returning to the United States from Jerusalem in 1963, he made his debut with the New York Philharmonic, playing Bartók's Piano Concerto No. 2. Since then, he has performed with famous conductors such Daniel Barenboim, Seiji Ozawa, Michael Tilson Thomas, Yuri Temirkanov, Leonard Slatkin, Leonard Bernstein, Eugene Ormandy, Pierre Monteux, and Leopold Stokowski. He has played sonatas with Itzhak Perlman, piano duos with Ronit Amir, his late wife and Ursula Oppens, as well as quintets with the Lark Quartet, Avalon Quartet, and Shanghai Quartet. His studies included lessons with Olga Samaroff in Philadelphia, William Kapell and Eduard Steuermann at the Juilliard School in New York, and Alfred Cortot at the École Normale de Musique de Paris in Paris, France. A prizewinner at Queen Elisabeth Music Competition in Brussels (1960) and Busoni Competition, he is a frequent judge in international piano competitions.
He is recognized as a specialist of Franz Liszt, Pyotr Tchaikovsky, Béla Bartók, and more generally of virtuoso and late romantic music. His recordings include piano concertos by Liszt with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and the complete Tchaikovsky concerto cycle with the London Symphony Orchestra. He has an extensive repertoire, including 59 performed piano concerti. He is the dedicatee of many new works, such as Ned Rorem's Piano Concerto (No. 3) in Six Movements, and has unearthed some rare romantic piano works, such as the Liszt Third Piano Concerto edited by his former student Jay Rosenblatt.
2006 Artist-in-Residence Schedule || Jerome Lowenthal
12:00pm - 01:00pm || Lecture-Recital "Italy and Liszt's Pilgrimage" || Harbeson Hall
Jerome Lowenthal previews Liszt's Second Year of Pilgrimage: Italy.
Discussing what "pilgrimage" meant to Liszt, the intrigue of his relationship with Marie d'Agoult and the Italian literature and art which inspired the creation of Liszt's monumental work.
07:00pm || Meet Jerome Lowenthal || Culick Residence, Altedena
Master Class and Question and Answer Forum
Jerome Lowenthal works with PCC piano majors and recent almuni in an intimate master class format, followed by an informal question and answer forum. Open to all PCC students and by invitation.
07:00pm || Master Class || Harbeson Hall
Jerome Lowenthal teaches PCC piano majors and recent alumni from University of Texas, Austin, University of Southern California, and California State Universities, Northridge and Fullerton.
08:00pm || Artist Recital || Harbeson Hall
Jerome Lowenthal performs Schubert's Impromptus, op.90, Carnival Music of George Rochberg and the complete Years of Pilgrimage: Italy of Liszt ending with Dante Sonata.
The Jerome Lowenthal Residency is sponsored in part by a grant from the Pasadena City College Foundation.