DEBORAH BRADLEY-KRAMER

Founder, Executive & Artistic Director, Pianist

Deborah Bradley-Kramer Ph.D, a graduate of New York University and the European Mozart Academy, is Lecturer in Music at Columbia University and was Director of Music Performance at Columbia from 1999-2013. She is founder and pianist of The Moebius Ensemble, a group dedicated to championing American music and  works of emerging composers in America and beyond, and SPEAKmusic, a collective of Columbia and Juilliard musicians and faculty who are dedicated to enlivening the world of classical music to audiences of all ages. Moebius has been the recipient of numerous grants and awards, including Copland, Koussevitzky, Trust for Mutual Understanding and Arts International grants to fund several tours of Eastern Europe and related recordings.

While Director of Columbia’s Music Performance Program, Ms. Bradley-Kramer established the program’s principal operating budget, increased the number of students in chamber ensembles by 200%,  created budget lines for numerous new endeavors such as Columbia New Music, Columbia Sounds, Early Music Columbia, groups in residence (including an ensemble to perform undergraduate composers’ pieces), Klezmer Band, and the annual Weill Hall Gala concert to name a few.  In 2004 she established the Jonathan D. Kramer Memorial Fund for Young Composers in memory of her late husband, long time Columbia University composer and music theorist Jonathan D.  Kramer. 

Nominated for Great Teacher award, Deborah has taught in Columbia’s Department of Music since 1999 in courses that range from Music Humanities, a course required of all Columbia students, to Russian and Jewish Music, Piano Literature, and duo piano-- all of these except Music Humanities were new courses in Columbia’s Department of Music. A dedicated pedagogue, Ms. Bradley-Kramer has given talks on performing contemporary music, postmodern performance, contemporary Russian Music, and teaching methods at such institutions as The Juilliard School, New York University’s Jordan Center for the Advanced Study of Russian, Moscow Conservatory, St. Petersburg Conservatory, Jerusalem Rubin Academy of Music and Dance, Taipei National School of the Arts, Chulalongkorn University, and Royal Irish Conservatory of Music; she also gave a talk on teaching Music in Columbia’s Core Curriculum at the United Nations.  She contributed to several radio and film projects on classical music for WWFM, WKCR, NDTV (Chinese TV station) and a documentary on Czech harpsichordist Zuzana Ruzickova for Getzel Gordon Productions. A film project on Rachmaninoff is currently in progress, and will be shown on Princeton Public Television in 2017.

In 2016 Deborah will give invited papers at the College Music Societies (Northeast and Southern Chapters), at the Higher School of Economics (St. Petersburg, Russia) and at the International Society for the Study of Time at University of Edinburgh.

Her solo piano performances range from music Baroque music, improvisation, to contemporary music, including premieres of compositions written for her be composers such as Boris Tishchenko, Duncan Neilson, Jonathan Kramer, and Chason Goldschmitz. In 2015-2016 with Daedalus Quartet and SPEAKmusic, she will give performances at the 92nd Street Y's new SoundSpace series; and with SPEAKmusic she will perform at the Roerich Museum, Klavierhaus, and the University of Chicago, and give solo performances at the Czech Center of New York, The Salon in Philadelphia, and at Columbia’a Harriman Institute. One of the 2016 concert projects is a program that pairs fugues of Bach with those of Shostakovich, Sergei Slonimsky and ones by contemporary composers in an imaginative postmodern soundscape. In Spring 2016 at New York’s 92nd Street Y along with the Daedalus Quartet and members of SPEAKmusic, she will premiere the works Jacob Weinberg, a pioneering member of the Russian Society for Jewish Folk Music (1908-1919). She will also give concert-lectures on contemporary piano music at the Jerusalem Rubin Academy of Music, Chopin University of Music in Warsaw, Lodz Academy of Music, American University in Sofia (Bulgaria).

SPEAKmusic, whose musicians are as dedicated to performance as they are to outreach endeavors, has  performed at local schools, for TimeIn NY, and will tour Poland in 2016 as part of Musica Moderna offering a concert program titled “An American Menagerie.” In 2017, they will embark on a series of projects with young musicians and faculty of the Kenya Conservatoire. SPEAKmusic will donate several instruments to the orchestra of the conservatory, and through various creative collaborative enterprises, raise awareness for local environmental causes with details to be announced in Summer 2016.

Deborah’s White Buffalo Salon continues to flourish, and has featured such composers as John Luther Adams, Payton MacDonald, and Duncan Neilson; artists the Daedalus Quartet, Noe Venable, and Tom Meglioranza; writers Benjamin Stark, Mirta Ojito, and Oscar Hijuelos. This season, Deborah and SPEAKmusic performers will improvise to 1920s Czech and American silent films, and engage with music from the USCB wax cylinder audio archive.

Deborah Bradley-Kramer’s CD of Jonathan Kramer’s chamber music  with piano is forthcoming in Fall 2016 (Leonarda) and. her essay on performing Postmodern piano music is forthcoming in Jonathan Kramer’s Postmodern Music, Postmodern Listening (Bloomsbury Press, 2016).