Known and admired in classical music circles for his innovative, captivating, compelling classical compositions and a sought after collaborator for commercial songs, jazz and scoring, Steven Lebetkin has developed an innovative and compelling approach to music composition. Now with his music on the verge of reaching a broader market, his consistent voice embraces an accessible style, whether in the form of commercial songs, symphonic, jazz, or more serious works.
Lebetkin’s musical goals are to reach a broader set of audiences through using traditional compositional techniques in western music and the joyous interplay of classical music and modern day cultural media, and to bring to non-musician audiences what makes music beautiful and timeless. He is a classically-trained composer with a gift of melody for commercial music, songs, and orchestral works.
Lebetkin was the youngest graduate in the history of Queens College, CUNY in the 1970s, with a Masters in Music Composition. He studied with Gabriel Fontrier, a premiere composer who trained the likes of Marvin Hamlisch, among other compositional masters. He also studied with Leo Kraft, Sol Berkowitz, Hugo Weisgall, George Perle, and others.
Completed new works in 2017 are Cycle of the Earth (one hour ballet for symphony orchestra), Piano Concerto, Violin Concerto, Concerto for Soprano Saxophone, Vibraphone and String Orchestra, and Elegy For String Orchestra (Double of divided strings).
Recorded several works in 2016 were with the City of Prague Philharmonic, including Variations For Orchestra, Dance Suite from Cycle of the Earth,and Symphonic Songs – Six Songs On Poems By Walt Whitman. Variations for Orchestra was premiered in December by the Cukurova State Symphony Orchestra in Adana, Turkey