Zethus Lifetime Achievement Award, 2009

Max Lifchitz has been given a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Zethus Fund for Contemporary Music.

Composer and Zethus Fund Executive Director Robert Martin announced the $10,000 award for Lifchitz, whose involvement in new music encompasses a broad range of activities—conductor, composer, pianist, and the founder/director of the North/South Consonance performing group, concert series, and recording label. Lifchitz, who was born in Mexico City in 1948 and has been based in the United States since 1966, is a graduate of The Juilliard School and Harvard University.

Max Lifchitz
He has served on the faculties of Columbia University and the State University of New York at Albany where he has been a mentor to generations of younger composers and musicians. As a composer, Lifchitz has composed works in numerous media spanning solo works to pieces for full symphony orchestra. And as a pianist and conductor he has championed the music of composers encompassing a broad range of styles.

For the past 30 years, North/South Consonance has presented a series of concerts devoted to new music by composers from the United States and Latin America and to date has released over 50 CD recordings of new music.

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