Sergio Barer Resume
| I was born in Mexico City and started my piano studies at the age of 6. I moved to Los Angeles to study with pianist Ian Brooks and pianist and composer Mario Feninger and made my debut in Mexico in 1985 with a series of recitals and appearances on TV, where I was featured in the show Estudio 54, once playing miniatures for the piano and another talking about the basic principles of music.
In 1988, I injured my left hand and decided to tackle pieces composed for one hand only. I recorded the CD Piano Music For One Hand, appeared with orchestra and was featured on TV playing music written for left or right hand only. This was a difficult period because I was still looking for a way to get back to playing with both hands. This became possible in 1991 when I met Dorothy Taubman and Nina Scolnik, who overhauled my technique, until in 1995 I reappeared playing in recital with both hands. However, at that time, I discovered the joy of composing and decided to spend time developing my own style. I studied composition with Mario Feninger, my former piano teacher, who studied with Rene Leibowitz, an author and pupil of Schoenberg.
In the years 1995-2003 I wrote a great deal of music, including several suites for piano, several sonatas, one piano concerto, a string quartet some songs and a trio for wind instruments. I decided to write a large amount of music before taking it to the public in order to develop my own style.
In 2003 I started learning some of my music to perform it.. At the time I realized that Classical Music was reaching an increasingly small number of people. That led to the CD Almost Songs. In this CD, every piece of music is preceded by a poem that I wrote which communicates the idea behind the piece. This allowed me to express my ideas and feelings in a more complete way while inviting every kind of listener to participate in my music.
The CD was released in 2005. A later review by the Post-Journal of Jamestown, New York, called it “sensational listening”. In Aug 2009 my first Piano Concerto was selected for inclusion in ERM Medias volume 13 of its Masterworks of the New Era. It was recorded in Kiev with the Kiev Symphony Orchestra, Robert Winstin conducting and Dmitry Tavanets at the piano. The CD appeared in Feb 2009. I am now working on completing the Second Piano Concerto. I appeared playing in Feb of 2009 a recital playing my own music at LACC and my trio for flute, oboe and clarinet was premiered in LA at a concerto of New Voices, New Doors, an organization I founded to promote classical music.
Updated: May 16, 2010
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