New York City composer Bruce Lazarus characterizes his extensive catalog of instrumental and vocal music as “diverse, concise, architectural, contemporary, and in turn meditative, energetic, humorous, moody, and exuberant.” His works have often been inspired by astronomical imagery, woodlands and mountain trails, and lifetime involvement in the worlds of theater and dance. His albums, Musical Explorations of the Messier Star Clusters and Nebulae, Works for Solo Piano, November Sonata, and Song of the Earth are available on iTunes, Amazon, and Spotify. His scores are published at Universal Editions and SwirlyMusic, and his music has been aired on WQXR, WBAI (Hour of the Wolf, The Positive Mind), WQXR (Pipedreams), WKCR, and Concertzender Amsterdam. Lazarus’ soundtracks for animated videos in collaboration with visual artist Robert Martens have earned acclaim from over a dozen international film festivals including Animation Celebration 2020 (Best Experimental Music Video), Environmental Film Festival (Best Sound & Music), and New York Flash Film Festival.
Lazarus earned his B.M. and M.M. degrees in music composition at Juilliard where he studied composition with Vincent Persichetti and Andrew Thomas, and later earned his Ph.D. in music theory and composition at Rutgers University. He was also a private student of noted piano teacher and composer Donald Waxman. Lazarus has served as composer-in-residence for dance at Northwestern University and New World School of the Arts in Miami, music director/composer for numerous theater productions at Marymount Manhattan College, and music coordinator for Mark Morris Dance Group, with composer guest residencies at Yaddo, Storm King Music Festival, and ArtsAhimsa. Lazarus is currently Music Director for the Joffrey Ballet School. For more information, music samples, and video clips please visit www.brucelazaruscomposer.com