When Leopold Stokowski hailed José Serebrier as "the greatest master of orchestral balance", the 22-year-old musician was the Associate Conductor of Stokowski’s American Symphony Orchestra in New York. His Carnegie Hall debut was hailed by The New York Times for the "great intensity, precision, and clarity" of his music making. By the time Serebrier had made his debut recording, Charles Ives' Symphony No. 4, with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, he was winning accolades from music critics and the public all over the world. After five years as Associate Conductor of Stokowski's American Symphony Orchestra, Serebrier accepted an invitation from George Szell and the Rockefeller Foundation to become "Composer-in-Residence" of the Cleveland Orchestra, a position he held for several seasons. George Szell discovered Serebrier when he won the Ford Foundation American Conductors Award (together with James Levine). Szell, a member of the Jury, invited both conductors to join the Cleveland Orchestra, Levine as an Assistant Conductor and Serebrier as the Composer-in-Residence. Since then, José Serebrier has been conducting most of the major orchestras in America and Europe. In 1985 Serebrier organized "Festival Miami". As its Artistic Director, he commissioned prominent composers such as Elliott Carter (String Quartet No. 4), gave the American premieres of Liszt’s only opera, a Wagner overture and many others.
During his Miami festivals he conducted the Pittsburgh Symphony, the Philharmonia Orchestra, the American Symphony Orchestra and many others. José Serebrier conducted the American premieres of Tchaikovsky’s last opera, Iolanta, at Carnegie Hall and Massenet’s last opera Cherubin at the Manhattan School of Music. His international tours have included several Latin American tours with the Juilliard Chamber Orchestra, tours with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony, DSO Berlin, National Chamber Orchestra of Toulouse, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Barcelona Symphony Orchestra. Eight times GRAMMY nominated José Serebrier has become one of the most recorded conductors of his generation. He has recorded more than 200 titles with the London Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony, SWR Symphony of Baden-Baden & Freiburg, Oslo Philharmonic, Bamberg Symphony, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra, Barcelona Symphony Orchestra, Czech State Philharmonic and the Toulouse National Chamber Orchestra among others. The best-selling video Serebrier Conducts Prokofiev, Beethoven and Tchaikowsky, made in Australia by the ABC, has been shown over 50 times on the Arts and Entertainment network television in the United States, and on television stations around the world. As a composer, Serebrier has won most major awards, including two consecutive Guggenheim Fellowships (at 19, the youngest ever to obtain it), BMI Young Composers Award, Harvard Musical Association Award, commissions from the National Endowment for the Arts, etc. His new Symphony No. 3, Symphonie Mystique, was nominated as “Best new composition” for the 2004 GRAMMY. Born in 1938 in Uruguay to a Russian father and a Polish mother, he moved to the United States as a young man in order to study with Leopold Stokowski. He has more than 100 published compositions and orchestrations in the catalogues of Peer Music, Peters Editions, Universal Editions, Warner Brothers and Kalmus. The French music critic Michel Faure recently completed a new biography of José Serebrier, published in June 2002 in France by L'Harmattan: José Serebrier: Conductor and Composer at the Dawn of the New Century.