Herschel Garfein


Steinhardt School of Music at New York University

Grammy winner Herschel Garfein is active as a composer, librettist and stage director.  In 2012-13 he was the proud winner of an NYU Teaching Excellence Award. His recent work includes three new songs for the 20th Anniversary AIDS Quilt Songbook premiered on World AIDS Day, 2012 at Cooper Union; a song–cycle The Divine Image, forthcoming on GPR Records; writing and direction of My ComDreams,a collaboration with jazz pianist/composer Fred Hersch (Miller Theater, Peak Peformances Montclair, Berlin, and San Francisco). The New Republic called it ‘“a work of dream art as elegant as Stravinsky’s “Petit Concert” and as memorable as “Yesterday.”’ Upcoming: music and libretto for the operatic adaptation of Tom Stoppard’s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, the first-ever operatic adaptation of a Stoppard play. Excerpts have been heard on New York City Opera’s VOX, in workshops directed by Mark Morris, and at CU Now in Boulder, CO. Garfein wrote the celebrated libretto for composer Robert Aldridge’s Elmer Gantry (based on the novel by Sinclair Lewis.) Elmer Gantry premiered to rave reviews in 2007 at Nashville Opera, and was recorded at Florentine Opera Milwaukee, in March 2010.