Russian-born and Israeli-raised guitarist yuri liberzon ranks among today’s foremost classical guitarists in the United States and the world. His playing has been described as “Transcendent technical prowess at the service of gracious musicality. He is a natural born guitarist”. Washington D.C. Guitar Society wrote: “Mr. Liberzon was terrific. World-class mental acrobatics. Very pleasing results.”
Chamber and Orchestra appearances as soloist include: Diablo Symphony Orchestra performing Joaquin Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez, Capriccio Chamber Orchestra performing Leo Brouwer’s arrangements of Beatles songs and Gold Coast Chamber Players performing Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco’s quintet.
Recent solo concerts include: Marlow Guitar Series in Maryland, Lesher Center in Walnut Creek, Legion of Honor in San Francisco, and 92nd Street Y in New York.
Media appearances include: Voice of America International Radio Station, Kol HaMusica National Classical Music Radio Station of the Israel Broadcasting Authority, KUHF (NPR Houston), KUSF San Francisco, WDR German Television Network, and San Francisco Chronicle.
Mr. Liberzon has been recognized for his technical ability and musicality at both international competitions and non-profit organizations. In 1996 and 1997 he won top prizes at the Ariane Yerushalmi Eldor Classical Guitar Competition of the Jerusalem Academy of Music and remains the youngest prizewinner in its history. Since 1996, he has been a frequent recipient of scholarships from the America-Israel Cultural Foundation, an organization with the reputation of only nurturing the best in Israeli culture.
His skills have also earned special recognition by the USCIS; Mr. Liberzon was granted Alien of Extraordinary Ability United States Permanent Residency based on his achievements in the music field.
Both Yale University School of Music and Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University awarded Mr. Liberzon full scholarships to study with two of the world’s leading guitar figures: Manuel Barrueco and Benjamin Verdery. Yuri went on to successfully complete his Graduate Performance Diploma and Bachelor’s degree from Peabody and finally a Master’s degree from Yale.
Not only has Mr. Liberzon been recognized for live performances, but also his arrangements for guitar; his Domenico Scarlatti and J.S. Bach arrangements have both been published in SoundBoard magazine, the official quarterly magazine of the Guitar Foundation of America.
He is currently based in the San Francisco Bay Area of California.