Tobias Picker
Photo by Harry Heleotis

Tobias Picker

Thursday, October 6, 2011, 8pm

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  Acclaimed by The New Yorker as “a genuine creator with a fertile unforced vein of invention,” Tobias Picker’s music melds the discipline and rigor of his mentors—Charles Wuorinen, Elliott Carter, and Milton Babbitt—with an unabashed and impassioned Romantic streak. Perhaps best known for his operas, which have premiered at major houses such as the Met to widespread critical acclaim, Picker brings an equal sense of drama to his chamber music. A highlight of Miller’s Portrait is his exuberant piano concerto Keys to the City, written to commemorate the centenary of the Brooklyn Bridge. Plus, Sarah Rothenberg and members of the Brentano String Quartet premiere Picker’s new Piano Quintet, Live Oaks.


  • Tobias Picker composer
  • Steven Beck piano
  • Kirstin Chávez mezzo soprano
  • Layla Claire soprano
  • Ran Dank piano
  • Joyce El-Khoury soprano
  • Gordon Gietz tenor
  • Sarah Rothenberg piano
  • Brentano String Quartet
  • Frédéric Chaslin piano and conductor


  • Piano Quintet: Live Oaks (2011) New York premiere
  • "Diving Aria" from An American Tragedy (2004)
  • "Ghost Aria" from Thérèse Raquin (1999/2000)
  • "Miss Hedgehog's Aria" from Fantastic Mr. Fox (1998)
  • "Letter Aria" from Emmeline (1995)
  • Keys to the City (1987)
  • Rhapsody (1978)