2019-2020 Featured Composer
NATS Art Song Composition Award Winner
Philip Lasser is an American composer with French musical roots. Trained from an early age at Nadia Boulanger’s famed Ecoles d’Arts Americaines in Fontainebleau, France, Lasser has created a unique sound world that blends together the colorful harmonies of French Impressionist sonorities and the dynamic rhythms and characteristics of American music. Following his studies at Harvard College, Lasser moved to Paris to work with Boulanger’s closest colleague and disciple, the Catalan composer, Narcis Bonet and continue his piano studies with Gaby Casadesus.
Lasser’s music has entered the repertoire in all genres with regular performances and broadcasts by such artists as Natalie Dessay, Simone Dinnerstein, Elizabeth Futral, Margo Garrett, Susanna Phillips, and Brian Zeger. Lasser has received commissions and performances by the American Brass Quintet, Juilliard415, EnsembleConnect, the Atlanta Symphony, the Berlin and Leipzig Radio Orchestras. In 2019, Lasser received First Prize in the 2019-2020 NATS Art Song Composition Competition for his cycle “Elemental Earth” on the poems of Robert Frost.
Philip Lasser has been on the faculty of The Juilliard School since 1996 and is also Director for the prestigious EAMA-Summer Music Institute in Paris France, dedicated to training young composers, chamber musicians and conductors. He is the author of The Spiraling Tapestry, a seminal treatise on contrapuntal analysis exploring the musical universe from Bach to Debussy. (www.rasseleditions.com)
Philip Lasser's works are also published by Editions Max Eschig in Paris as well as by Rassel Editions in New York. His works can be heard on the SONY, Delos, Decca, Telarc, New World Records, Crystal Records and BMG RCA/Red Seal labels.
Lasser received his B.A. summa cum laude from Harvard College, M.A. from Columbia University and his DMA at The Juilliard School where he studied with David Diamond.