- 2012-2013 Season
Giuseppe VERDI: Ballet Music
Ludwig van BEETHOVEN: Symphony #1
Paul ZEIGLER: Piano Concerto
Mr. Zeigler will perform the premiere of his exciting Piano Concerto.
"absolutely thrilling, emotionally exciting, mind-expanding... a virtuoso performer."
Paul began playing piano at age 16 under the tutelage of pianist/composer Wells Gemberling and later with pianist/composer Harold Zabrack. He won first place at the 1986 Young Keyboard Artists International Piano Competition, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and took second place at the 2002 Bartok-Kabalevsky-Prokofiev International Piano Competition, Radford University, Virginia.
Paul's triumphant debut as soloist in Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 1 with the New Jersey Baroque Orchestra, Robert W. Butts, conductor, led to highly acclaimed performances of all five Beethoven Concerti with that group. In 2000 Paul received critical praise for his monumental series of Beethoven sonata performances.
"...a lustrous vision...a brilliant concept...symphonic in dynamic range and scope...Zeigler plays with a lyric legato that should be the envy of many...[he] found all the fire and lyricism in the score."
The Classical New Jersey Journal
In 2008 Paul's work, Peace: a Song Cycle on Five Poems by Langston Hughes, was a finalist in the National Association of Teachers of Singing Composition Competition. Paul has also released four CDs:
- Beethoven: Three Sonatas, Pathetique, Moonlight and Appassionata
- To Music and Other Original Works by Paul Zeigler with Patricia Ruggles, mezzo, Janet Vidovich, clarinet, and Mitchell Vines, piano
- Peace with Diane Gold Toulson, flute, Patricia Ruggles, mezzo, and Renee Jolles, violin, and Paul Zeigler Pianist
- Brahms Sonata in F minor, Liszt Sonata in B minor
When not performing and composing, Paul teaches music privately at his studio in Madison, New Jersey. He takes great pride in the fact that many of his students have gone on to win awards and acclaim in their own right.
PLEASE JOIN US FOR A GALA RECEPTION
FOLLOWING THE CONCERT
Please join us in celebrating Paul Zeigler's Piano Concerto and the orchestra's premiere of this magnificent work. Share a wine-and-dinner reception including a conversation with Composer Paul Zeigler and Maestro Robert W. Butts about composing and performing a major new orchestral masterpiece. The reception will be held in the rooms across from Dolan Hall. The Limited Seating gala celebration is $65. Please call 973-669-1641 for further information and to reserve your seat at dinner.