New York City composer and pianist Bruce Lazarus characterizes his extensive catalog of instrumental and vocal music as "diverse, concise, architectural, contemporary, and in turn meditative, energetic, humorous, moody, and exuberant.” His works have often been inspired by astronomical imagery, the poems of Lewis Carroll, woodlands and mountain trails, and lifetime involvement in the worlds of theater and dance.
His albums, Musical Explorations of the Messier Catalogue of Star Clusters and Nebulae, Works for Solo Piano, November Sonata, and the single Song of the Earth are available for CD/download/streaming at iTunes, Amazon, and Spotify. Carrolling: The Lewis Carroll Project, Lazarus’ hour of cabaret-theater piece for singer/actors and piano, was a regular offering at New York’s Dixon Place Lounge. His scores are published at SwirlyMusic, and a series of flute/piano and flute quartet arrangements of classical standards, Green Golly and Her Golden Flute (B. Siesel, ed.), is published by Theodore Presser. His music has been aired on WBAI (Hour of the Wolf andThe Positive Mind), WQXR (Pipedreams), WKCR, Concertzender Amsterdam, and WWFM "Between the Keys" hosted by Jed Distler (7/21/2020).
Bruce Lazarus earned his B.M. and M.M. degrees in music composition at Juilliard where he studied composition with Vincent Persichetti and Andrew Thomas, and later he earned his Ph.D in music theory and composition at Rutgers University. He was also a private student of noted piano teacher and composer Donald Waxman. Lazarus has served as composer-in-residence for dance at Northwestern University and New World School of the Arts in Miami, music director/composer for numerous mainstage theater productions at Marymount Manhattan College, longterm company pianist for Dance Theater of Harlem and music coordinator for Mark Morris Dance Group, with guest residencies at Yaddo, Storm King Music Festival, and ArtsAhimsa. Bruce Lazarus is currently Music Director for the Joffrey Ballet School.