Works performed by Earplay:

while I sleep

Exploring intersections between music, poetry, and other art media, music of composer John Liberatore has been performed in venues around the world. Described by critics as "enchanting" and "truly magical", (Boston and New York Classical Review, respectively), his works seek to convey ambiguity through clear transparent textures. In addition to his work as a composer, he is also an active pianist, and one of the world's few performers of the glass harmonica.

Leading ensembles and soloists have performed his work, including Dinosaur Annex, the Mivos Quartet, Duo Damiana, the Buffalo Philharmonic, the Washington National Opera, and The New York Virtuoso Singers. Notable distinctions include fellowships from Tanglewood, the MacDowell, Brush Creek, I-Park, and Millay colonies, a commission from the American Opera Initiative, two ASCAP Morton Gould Awards, and the Brian Israel Prize. With funding from the Presser Foundation, he studied in Tokyo with Jo Kondo in the summer of 2012 — a mentorship that made an indelible impression on his music.

He holds degrees from Eastman (Ph.D., M.M.) and Syracuse University (B.M.). In 2015, he was appointed an assistant professor of composition and theory at the University of Notre Dame.

[from program for May 15, 2017 concert]