Steven Blier, PianoMore Info
Steven Blier is Artistic Director of the New York Festival of Song, which he co-founded in
1988 with Michael Barrett. Since the festival's inception, he has programmed, performed,
translated, and annotated over 100 vocal recitals with wide-ranging repertoire. Mr. Blier
also enjoys an eminent career as an accompanist and vocal coach. In concert with Renée
Fleming, he has performed throughout North America and Europe. His collaboration with
Cecilia Bartoli began in 1994, and has included an appearance at Carnegie Hall where Mr.
Blier played both piano and harpsichord. He has also worked with Samuel Ramey, Lorraine
Hunt Lieberson, Susan Graham, Frederica von Stade, Jessye Norman, Wolfgang Holzmair,
Susanne Mentzer, Sylvia McNair, José van Dam, and Arlene Augér. A champion of American
music, Mr. Blier has premiered works by John Corigliano, Paul Moravec, Ned Rorem, William
Bolcom, John Musto, Richard Danielpour, Tobias Picker, Robert Beaser, Lowell Liebermann,
and Lee Hoiby.
His discography includes the premiere recording of Leonard Bernstein's Arias and
Barcarolles (Koch International), which won a Grammy Award; the NYFOS discs of
Blitzstein, Gershwin, and German Lieder (Unquiet Peace); Gershwin's Lady Be
Good! (Nonesuch Records); four albums of songs by Charles Ives in partnership with
baritone William Sharp (Albany Records); and first recordings of music by Busoni and
Borodin with cellist Dorothy Lawson (Koch International). In October 1999, New World
Records issued the Grammy-nominated premiere recording of Ned Rorem's full-length song
cycle Evidence of Things Not Seen, commissioned by NYFOS and the Library of
Congress. His latest release is Spanish Love Songs (Bridge Records), recorded live
at the Caramoor International Music Festival with Lorraine Hunt Lieberson, Joseph Kaiser,
and Michael Barrett. Later this year, Bridge Records will release the world premiere
recording of Bastianello (John Musto) and Lucrezia (William Bolcom)-a
double bill of one-act comedies set to librettos by Mark Campbell.
Mr. Blier is on the faculty of The Juilliard School. As a broadcaster and writer, he has
appeared both as an essayist and a quizmaster on the Metropolitan Opera broadcast
intermissions. His writings on opera have been featured in recent issues of Opera News
Magazine and the Yale Review. He has recently joined the artistic team at New
York City Opera, where he is a casting consultant.