Pianist Eric Huebner has drawn worldwide acclaim for his performances of new and traditional music since making his debut with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at age 17. In January 2012, he was appointed pianist of the New York Philharmonic and has been featured in works by Lindberg, Stravinsky, Ives, Milhaud and R. Strauss among others. In June 2012 he gave the New York Premiere of Elliott Carter’s Two Controversies and a Conversation for piano, percussion and chamber orchestra with Musicians of the New York Philharmonic, Colin Currie, percussion and David Robertson conducting as part of the CONTACT! series. He has previously collaborated with Mr. Robertson in performances of György Ligeti’s Piano Concerto and Olivier Messiaen’s Oiseaux Exotiques. From 2001 through 2012, Huebner was a member of Antares, a quartet comprised of clarinet, violin, cello and piano. First prize winners of the 2002 Concert Artists Guild International Competition, Antares appeared regularly in major chamber music venues throughout the United States and worked closely with many composers on the commissioning of new works for its combination.
Upcoming highlights in the 15/16 season include solo recitals in New York City at Miller Theatre and a New York Philharmonic sponsored recital at Subculture celebrating the legacy of the great French composer Olivier Messiaen. Additional upcoming performances include concerts with the Flux Quartet in Tokyo and Yokohama, Japan and appearances in Shanghai, Vail and Santa Barbara with the New York Philharmonic as orchestral pianist in works by Bernstein, Copland and Stravinsky.
A passionate interpreter of the music of our time, Huebner has premiered countless new works, including a recent set of piano études by Pulitzer Prize winning composer Roger Reynolds with whom he’s had a particularly fruitful collaboration. Huebner has been involved with the New York Philharmonic’s CONTACT! series since its inception and is a member of the orchestra’s Contemporary Music Ensemble Committee. A regular visitor to the west coast, Huebner has twice been a featured recitalist at the Ojai Festival in California, has performed on the Monday Evening series in Los Angeles, the Carlsbad Music Festival, Piano Spheres and at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. In New York City, he has appeared as soloist and chamber musician in Carnegie’s Zankel and Weill Recital Hall, Miller Theatre, Merkin Hall, (le) Poisson Rouge, Roulette and Subculture. Additionally, he has appeared with numerous NYC-based contemporary music ensembles, including the International Contemporary Ensemble, Talea, New York New Music Ensemble, American Contemporary Music Ensemble, Manhattan Sinfonietta, So Percussion and the American Modern Ensemble.
A devoted teacher as well as performer, Huebner is an Assistant Professor of Music at the University at Buffalo (SUNY) where he maintains a studio of graduate and undergraduate piano majors and minors and teaches courses in 20th century piano music and piano literature. He works closely with the director of the University at Buffalo’s Center for 21st Century Music, composer David Felder. In 2013, they inaugurated the June in Buffalo Performance Institute - a bi-annual initiative which invites talented young performers with an interest in contemporary music to take part in the June in Buffalo festival, one of the longest running festivals of contemporary music in North America. Additionally, Huebner serves as pianist for the Center’s resident ensemble, the Slee Sinfonietta, and curates the series “Music in Buffalo’s Historic Places” which presents concerts in buildings of civic and architectural interest in Buffalo.
Huebner’s performances have been broadcast on PBS and NPR, and on radio stations KMOZ (Los Angeles), WNYC (New York), Radio Bremen (Germany), ORF (Austria) and the BBC. He has recorded for Col Legno, Centaur, Bridge, Albany, Tzadik, Innova, New Focus Recordings and Mode Records. A recent solo release on New Focus Recordings features Huebner in works by Schumann, Carter and Stravinsky. Huebner holds a B.M. and M.M. from The Juilliard School where he studied with Jerome Lowenthal. He lives in Buffalo and New York City and is married to composer Caroline Mallonée.