John Liberatore is a composer and pianist based in South Bend, IN. His music explores intersections between ancient and modern styles, as well as metaphors between music, poetry, and other art media. As a composer, he endeavors to bring together seemingly contradictory aesthetic tendencies: nuance with overtness, strangeness with purpose, levity with poignancy, and outward simplicity with subtle complexity.

Described by critics as "enchanting"1 and "truly magical,"2 his music has been performed in venues around the world. Leading ensembles and soloists have taken his music to the International Viola Congress, Carnegie's Weill Hall, Seiji Ozawa Hall, the Hindemith Centre, the Stone, the Megaron Performing Arts Center of Athens, the American Cultural Institute of Peru, and the Four Seasons Centre of Toronto, among other places. He has collaborated with ensembles such as Dinosaur Annex, the Cuoung Vu Trio, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Third Coast Percussion, the Cleveland Contemporary Players, and the New York Virtuoso Singers. His chamber opera, The Investment, based on an original libretto by Niloufar Talebi, was commissioned by the American Opera Initiative of the Washington National Opera and premiered at the Kennedy Center in November of 2014. Recordings of his works are scheduled for release on Centaur and Ravello record labels in 2016.

On a grant from the Presser Foundation, Liberatore spent the summer of 2012 in Tokyo studying with Jo Kondo, an experience and mentorship which made an indelible impression on his music. Other recognitions include a fellowship from the Tanglewood Music Center in 2011, two ASCAP Morton Gould Awards, the Brian Israel Prize (first place), and invitations from the I-Park Artist's Enclave, the Brush Creek Arts Foundation, the MusicX Festival, and the Bowdoin Music Festival.

He holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music (PhD, MM) and Syracuse University (BM, summa cum laude). In 2015, he joined the faculty at the University of Notre Dame in the fall of 2015 as Assistant Professor of Composition and Theory.


1. Stephanie Lubkowski, Boston Classical Review.
2. Frank Daykin, New York Classical Review.