Texan pianist Danny Zelibor is a musician to watch on the international music scene. Praised for his sensitive and colorful playing, his performances are making him a sought-after collaborator. Most recently, Zelibor made his Carnegie Hall debut with baritone Jarrett Ott and has performed in recital with Los Angeles Philharmonic principal cellist Robert DeMaine and Chicago Symphony cellist Brant Taylor.
Mr. Zelibor’s debut CD for Toccata Classics, the first in a multi-volume set of the piano music of Alexandre Tansman, received widespread praise from top music publications including Fanfare, MusicWeb International, and Gramophone. The second album in the series, which includes two world premieres, has been equally applauded. Fanfare praised ‘the brilliant young American pianist Danny Zelibor [who] proves an ideal exponent of this music, not only in the way he instinctively seems to grasp the essence of the composer’s often elusive idiom, but also in the way he infuses the music with the last ounce of character, color, and excitement.’
An ardent lover of art song, Zelibor has recorded world premieres of songs by Jake Heggie and Jennifer Higdon and earlier this year made his debut with the Brooklyn Art Song Society. He was chosen as pianist for Caramoor’s Schwab Vocal Rising Stars program and will perform for the first time with the New York Festival of Song in Merkin Hall. Zelibor spent the summer of 2018 as a vocal piano fellow at Tanglewood where, along with multiple art song recitals, he played the world premiere of Oliver Knussen’s Reflection with violinist Jacob Schafer, a performance The Boston Music Intelligencer called ‘truly memorable.’
The belief that art should serve a purpose greater than itself continues to inform much of Zelibor’s career. He was honored this year to travel to Montgomery, AL. with the Collaborative Arts Ensemble for a multidisciplinary concert tour and outreach program entitled Letters of the American South. Through the filters of dance, theater, and music, the CAE cast utilized art in a way that shed light on deeply rooted social issues, hoping to offer new perspectives and fresh inspiration to all kinds of audiences.
A top prizewinner in the 2014 Los Angeles International Liszt Competition, Mr. Zelibor spent two summers as pianist and vocal coach at Seagle Music Colony. He is a graduate of Texas Christian University and the University of North Texas, where he studied with Tamás Ungár and Joseph Banowetz respectively. He recently completed his degree in collaborative piano with Warren Jones at the Manhattan School of Music in New York City, where he continues to reside.