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.
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.
Philip Lasser has been on the faculty of The Juilliard School since 1996 and is also Director for the prestigious EAMA-Nadia Boulanger Institute in Paris France, dedicated to training young composers, chamber musicians and conductors.
Philip Lasser is 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 and by C.F. Peters as well as by Rassel Editions in New York.
Lasser’s works can be heard on the SONY, Delos, Decca, Telarc, New World Records, Crystal Records and BMG RCA/Red Seal labels.
For more information, visit www.philiplasser.com and subscribe to the Philip Lasser YouTube channel.