Liberatore, John

Liberatore, John
Mr. John Liberatore
Visiting Assistant Professor of Music
Division of Communication and the Arts
Contact Information:
115 Blaisdell Hall

Degrees and Credentials:
M.M. Eastman School of Music 2009
B.M. Syracuse University 2007

Academic Focus:

Music Composition, Music Theory, Music History, Music Technology, Piano


Short Bio:

John Liberatore is a composer and pianist currently living in southern New York State. His eclectic palette of interests has led him to find inspiration in a variety of unlikely sources; these include the surrealist comics of Windsor McCay, the writings of the eccentric philosopher Timothy Dexter, Edward Topsell's 16th Century zoological treatises, Old English Nursery Rhymes, and the moving sculptures of Arthur Ganson. 

Liberatore recently returned from a two-month residency in Tokyo, Japan, studying with Jo Kondo, an experience and mentorship which made an indelible impression on his music. In the summer of 2013, he was an Artist-in-Residence at the I-Park enclave in East Haddam, CT and the Brush Creek Foundation in Wyoming. His music has been heard in venues around the world, such as the the International Viola Congress, Seiji Ozawa Hall, the Hindemith Centre, the Chosen Vale International Trumpet Seminar, the Stone, the American Cultural Institute of Peru, and the Four Seasons Centre of Toronto. He has been honored with a Presser Music Award, a fellowship from the Tanglewood Music Center in 2011, a 2013 ASCAP Morton Gould Award, and various other recognitions. Current projects include works for Third Coast Percussion and the Finnish chamber ensemble Trio Ramifications. 

A passionate educator, Liberatore joins the faculty at the University of Pittsburgh in Bradford for the 2013-14 academic year.  He served on the faculty of Syracuse University from 2011 to 2013, taught private composition through the Eastman School of Music from 2010-13, and worked at the Eastman Computer Music Center from 2008-13, serving as interim director during the 2012-13 academic year. He also served as an instructor of Music Technology at the Eastman Community Music School from 2010 to 2011. He holds degrees from Syracuse University (B.M. summa cum laude), and Eastman (M.M., Phd [ABD]).