Max Lifchitz

Lifetime Achievement Award to Max Lifchitz

Max Lifchitz , professor of Music and Latin American, Caribbean, and U.S. Latino Studies, recently received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Zethus Fund for Contemporary Music. The award carries a $10,000 monetary prize recognizing Lifchitz’s involvement in new music covering a broad range of activities – conductor, composer, pianist, and founder/director of the North/South Consonance performing group, concert series, and recording label. Active since 1980, the North/South Consonance Ensemble is based in New York City and is devoted to the promotion and performance of music by composers from the Americas. Celebrating its 30 th anniversary, North/South Consonance has released over 50 CD recordings of new music. To mark that anniversary, Max Lifchitz’s North/South Chamber Orchestra presented a concert at Merkin Concert Hall that received an excellent review in The New York Times.

A recent interview with Robert Martin, composer and Executive Director of the Zethus Fund for Contemporary Music, said that “it is exciting to discover an impressive conductor like Max Lifchitz who is devoted to performing worthy American and Latin American composers who are otherwise ignored…” Composer Robert Martin envisioned the Zethus Fund in the nineties and designed it in its entirety. He considers Max Lifchitz’s dedication to the performance of worthy American and Latin American composers to be “exactly what the Zethus Fund has been searching for.”

Max Lifchitz is a graduate of The Julliard School and Harvard University. Prior to joining the University at Albany faculty in 1986, he held teaching appointments at the Manhattan School of Music and Columbia University. In addition to teaching, he has served as Chair to the Departments of Music and Latin American, Caribbean and U.S. Latino Studies, where he holds joint appointments. In the spring of 2005, he was honored with the University’s Award for Excellence in Research. He served as the Elena Diaz-Verson Amos Eminent Scholar in Latin American Studies at Columbus State University’s Center for International Education in the fall of 2006. His recording entitled Contemporary Romantics, contains eight piano works by six American composers. A review of this CD appeared in the January/February 2010 issue of Clavier Companion recognizing the excellent performance by Max Lifchitz. The American Record Guide in a review wrote: “A consummate musician…Lifchitz is one of America’s finest exponents of contemporary piano music.”