José Serebrier (born 3 December 1938) is a Uruguayan conductor and composer. He is one of the most recorded conductors of his generation.
Youth and early success
Serebrier was born in Montevideo to Russian and Polish parents. He first conducted an orchestra at the age of eleven, while at school. The school orchestra toured the country, which meant he was able to notch up over one hundred performances within four years. He graduated from the Municipal School of Music in Montevideo at fifteen, having studied violin, solfege, and Latin American folklore. The National Orchestra, known as SODRE, announced a composition contest. Within two weeks, Serebrier had composed his "Legend of Faust" overture. It won. To his huge disappointment he was not allowed to conduct it, because he was only fifteen.
He was awarded a United States State Department Fellowship, at the Curtis Institute of Music, with Vittorio Giannini. Later he studied with Aaron Copland at Tanglewood, and with Pierre Monteux. His first symphony, written at the age of 17, was premiered by Leopold Stokowski.
Career as conductor and composer
Serebrier's New York conducting debut with the American Symphony Orchestra was at Carnegie Hall in 1965. Ives' Fourth Symphony used to be considered so difficult that it was performed using three conductors at its premiere in 1965, almost 50 years after its composition. Stokowski, Serebrier and another conductor performed it this way. A few years later Serebrier conducted it on his own. It was his recording debut, and Hi-Fi News wrote of it: "Serebrier's recording of the Ives Symphony is one of the greatest accomplishments in the history of the Gramophone".
He has had very many conducting posts, including principal guest conductor of the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra 1982–83.
Serebrier married American soprano Carole Farley in 1969. They have made a number of recordings together.
Serebrier's third symphony and his "Fantasia for strings" are amongst his most popular works. His style is energetic, colourful and melodic. One of his most unusual works is "Passacaglia and Perpetuum Mobile for accordion and chamber orchestra".
Serebrier has received 37 nominations for Grammy Awards and won 8 Grammies. In 1976 he won the Ditson Conductor's Award for commitment to American music. He won the Latin Grammy Awards of 2004 Best Classical Album for his own work, the "Carmen Symphony". In the Latin Grammy Awards of 2005 he was a nominee, for Glazunov's 5th Symphony.
- 1948 Sonata for violin solo, Op. 1
- 1952 Elegy for strings
- 1955 Sonata for Viola Alone
- 1957 Momento Psicológico for violin & orchestra
- 1957 Suite Canina (Canine Suite)
- 1958 Poema Elegaico for violin & orchestra
- 1958 Partita (Symphony No. 2)
- 1960 Fantasia for strings
- 1963 Variations on a Theme from Childhood, for trombone (or bassoon) & strings
- 1966 Passacaglia and Perpetuum Mobile, for accordion & chamber orchestra
- 1973 Seis por Television (6 for television)
- 1986 George and Muriel, for double bass, double bass choir & chorus
- 1991 Dorothy and Carmine!, for flute & strings
- 1999 Winterreise
- 2003 Symphony No. 3 for strings & soprano ("Symphonie mystique")
- Official Site
- Peermusic Classical: Jose Serebrier Composer's Publisher and Bio