University at Albany

Excellence in Research

Each year, the University at Albany honors special members of its community with Excellence Awards denoting exceptional contributions to the life of the campus. Four faculty members received this tribute in 2005 for Excellence in Research.

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Professor Max Lifchitz of the Department of Music has a long record of distinguished achievement as a composer, pianist, and conductor of international repute. His work has consistently helped to foster cultural connections, especially between the American hemispheres. As a performer, he has demonstrated a career-long commitment to contemporary concert music of the Americas. In yearly concerts and recordings of works by living composers, he presents to the public an admirable portrait of musical diversity. He was born in Mexico, and trained at Juilliard and Harvard.

Lifchitz's primary production vehicle is North/South Consonance, the New York City-based contemporary music group he founded and has directed for 25 years. The North/South reference highlights the shared cultural roots of North and South American concert music, and celebrates the differences among nations embodied in the artistic expression of their citizens. His stewardship of the creative estate of the Mexican master Carlos Chávez, for which he has produced a performing edition of Chávez's opera "The Visitor," is further testament to Lifchitz's commitment to the tradition to which North/ South is heir.

Lifchitz is a "fearless and principled musical dynamo" who has been reviewed for more than 30 years by the likes of Gramophone, American Record Guide, and The New York Times.

Excellence in Research

Gordon G. Gallup Max Lifchitz Steven Messner Bonnie Steinbock
Gordon G. Gallup
Max Lifchitz
Steven Messner
Bonnie Steinbock

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