Dynamic, energetic, charismatic and inspiring, Russian-born conductor Libi Lebel has a strong and growing reputation in the music world for her ability to communicate through orchestras of all shapes and levels. A talented and dedicated orchestra builder, the founder and music director of Texas Medical Center Orchestra is credited with its remarkable growth. The recipient of the 2003 Houston YWCA Outstanding Woman of the Arts award, Ms. Lebel has just been listed as one of the 50 most influential women in Houston.
Ms. Lebel’s musical career began at an early age as an aspiring pianist. She has performed as a piano soloist with numerous orchestras as well as giving many solo recitals and concerts to benefit various medical causes. Her busy career includes winning several piano competitions and awards, participating in music festivals and teaching piano. She holds Bachelors and Masters degrees from The Juilliard School of Music and Westminster Choir College in Piano Performance and Conducting. Her conducting teachers include Josef Flummerfelt, Harold Farberman, Leonid Korchmar Oleg Proskurnya, and Piotr Gribanov. While in New York, she served as Principal Conductor of Princeton University’s Sinfonia Orchestra and appeared as guest conductor with various orchestral and choral ensembles including Westminster Community Orchestra, Garden State Philharmonic Chorus, Brazosport Symphony, Fort Bend Symphony Orchestra, St. Petersburg Congress Orchestra in Russia and Bacau Symphony Orchestra in Romania.
Asked why she is so passionate about music, Ms. Lebel says: “What inspires me is to make music come alive. To hear it laugh and cry. To feel the love, pride, joy, sadness. To help it unfold in the most convincing and compelling way. Music and music making is a gift from heaven. It affords us an opportunity to connect to the very essence of our humanity, allowing us to come into contact with that part of ourselves which expresses our most profound creativity. Music gives us insight into the mysteries of life, the changing tides of our hearts, minds and souls, leading us to new and profound understandings of the human experience. I am so lucky to have music in my life.”