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Garah Landes (Piano, Organ, Choral Conductor)

Born: Westchester County, New York, USA

The American pianist, organist, choral conductor and composer, Garah Landes, was a scholarship student of the eminent pianist, Earl Wild. He holds a Masters degree from the Manhattan School of Music. He made a critically acclaimed New York debut at Carnegie Recital Hall as the first-prize winner of the Artists International Competition. He was re-engaged by the competition committee for a debut at Merkin Concert Hall in New York.

Garah Landes appears frequently in New York. He has performed at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, Merkin Concert Hall, The American Academy of Arts and Letters, Columbia University, The Spanish Institute, and numerous recitals at Carnegie Recital Hall. He has concertized as a recitalist, concerto soloist and chamber musician throughout the USA. He has been a guest artist on New York's WNYE TV as well as radio broadcasts on WQXR and WNYC. National Public Radio (NPR) featured Garah in recital on the nationally syndicated broadcast, Performance Today.

In 1997, Garah and his brother, Gregory Landes formed the Piano and Percussion duo, Synchronicity. They find, commission, and compose music for piano and percussion, as well as transcribe Classical and Jazz compositions that suit their unique instrumentation. Their debut recording was released in 2001.

Garah Landes has composed both sacred and secular vocal and instrumental music as well as several works for Synchronicity and their guest artists.

Garah Landes' debut recording-music of Franz Liszt, Dmitri Shostakovich, and Prokofiev-was released on the Stradivari Classics label. Koch International Classics released his second disc; a CD devoted to the music of the American composers Charles Griffes and Edward MacDowell, an album that garnered glowing praise in both Gramophone and Fanfare magazines. Garah has recorded "a peaceful Christmas Eve" with flutist, John Erickson. The recording, which began as a personal project for Erickson has turned into a successful Sacred/New Age recording. Garah has been commissioned to create all the arrangements for the next recording scheduled for release in 2007, which will feature popular sacred songs.

Garah Landes is the Organist and Choirmaster at St. Elizabeth's Episcopal Church in Ridgewood, New Jersey. Recent major works conducted include Antonio Vivaldi's Gloria, Benjamin Britten's A Ceremony of Carols, Camille Saint-Saëns' Christmas Oratorio, and the Requiem by Maurice Duruflé. Recent vocal recital work includes concerts with members of the Atlanta and Los Angeles Opera. Garah is also an active private piano teacher and educator.

Source: Synchronicity (Garah Landes Website)
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (February 2011)

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