Lawrence Budmen

A native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Lawrence Budmen is a former cellist and teacher. He has attended hundreds of concerts, operas and dance performances around the globe.

As a freelance writer and music consultant, he has written reviews for numerous publications including the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, South Florida Entertainment News & Views, Miami Herald, Coral Gables Gazette and American Record Guide, and was Florida correspondent for Music & Vision between 2003 and 2011.

He has also been program annotator for several concert series including Sunday Afternoons of Music, Miami International Piano Festival, Symphony of the Americas and the Boca Raton Symphonia.


Articles by Lawrence Budmen

The Cleveland Orchestra begins its annual South Florida residency

Two concerts by the Symphony of the Americas

Brahms, Beethoven, Kreisler and Elgar from Chee-Yun, Sebrina Maria Alfonso and the South Florida Symphony Orchestra

Seraphic Fire's Rachmaninov Vespers

Lawrence Budmen sends his final report from the 2010 Tanglewood Festival

Lawrence Budmen submits a further report from the Tanglewood Festival 2010

The Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood

Pieter Wispelwey's Bach cello suites at Tanglewood impress Lawrence Budmen

Vladimir Ashkenazy, Ingrid Fliter and the Cleveland Orchestra

Renée Fleming and the Russian National Orchestra at the Festival of the Arts Boca 2010

Sol Gabetta joins Slatkin and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra

Lawrence Budmen listens to French conductor Ludovic Morlot, in concert with Jennifer Koh and the New World Symphony

Lawrence Budmen listens to the Cleveland Orchestra

A 'Salute to Vienna' concert

Lawrence Budmen listens to Measha Brueggergosman and the New World Symphony

Pinchas Zukerman conducts the Israel Philharmonic

James Judd conducts Handel's 'Messiah'

A Symphony of the Americas concert

Lawrence Budmen reports from the New World Symphony's new season

Lawrence Budmen sends a second report from this summer's Tanglewood Festival

Lawrence Budmen reports from Tanglewood 2009

Lawrence Budmen listens to the Remenyi Ede Chamber Orchestra

Lawrence Budmen reports from the 2009 Miami International Piano Festival

New World Symphony, the American orchestral academy, ends its season with an all-Tchaikovsky programme

Joshua Habermann conducts the Master Chorale of South Florida

Lawrence Budmen listens to the Chameleon Musicians

Beethoven from Louis Lortie, Kurt Masur and the Cleveland Orchestra

Mendelssohn, Ravel, Larsen and Tchaikovsky in South Florida

The Cleveland Orchestra in Miami

Joshua Bell joins Vladimir Ashkenazy and the New World Symphony for music by Saint-Saëns and Mahler

The first night of Palm Beach Opera's revival of Bellini's 'Norma' provides a night to remember for Lawrence Budmen

Vadim Gluzman on stage with the Boca Raton Symphonia

Mendelssohn's 'Elijah'

Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra in Florida

Sierra, Ginastera and Rachmaninov conducted by Alasdair Neale

Another report from this summer's Tanglewood Festival

Beethoven performances at Tanglewood

The Aspen Santa Fe Ballet

Farewell American performances by the Beaux Arts Trio and an Amernet String Quartet recital

Lawrence Budmen visits the 2008 Sarasota Music Festival

Lawrence Budmen's second report from The Berkshires

Lawrence Budmen returns to Tanglewood to hear the Boston Symphony Orchestra

A report from the Sarasota Music Festival 2007

The sounds of summer in the Berkshires

A concert by the Boca Raton Philharmonic Symphonia

Vaughan Williams's 'Dona Nobis Pacem' in Florida

Mei-Ting Sun and the Boca Raton Philharmonic Symphonia

Roberto Abbado strikes fire with the New World Symphony, and Lawrence Budmen was there

An unforgettable première of Monteverdi's Vespers

Transfigured Night for the New World Symphony

Russian artists bring soul to Shostokovich

Polina Osetinskaya displays fiery command in Beethoven and Liszt

Lawrence Budmen was at the Miami International Piano Festival

Cheers for a riveting Canadian dance company at Jacob's Pillow and more music from Tanglewood

Alsop triumphs at Tanglewood

A conversation with Paavo Järvi, and a review of his Miami concert in April

New World Symphony alumni return to Miami Beach for a special concert

Jobim Sinfônico pays tribute to Brazil's musical genius

Gounod's 'Faust' at Palm Beach Opera

A concert by the Renaissance Chamber Orchestra

Hindemith and Mahler played by members of the New World Symphony

Lawrence Budmen reviews clarinettist Alexander Fiterstein's concert with the American String Quartet

Bellini's 'I Puritani' in Florida

A recital by Adam Neiman

A powerful, deeply moving performance of Viktor Ullmann's 'The Emperor of Atlantis'

A recital by young Russian pianist Denis Burstein

Julia Fischer plays Sibelius

A varied programme from a new chamber orchestra makes a strong impression on Lawrence Budmen

The Amernet String Quartet at the Florida International University Music Festival

Aaron Rosand plays Beethoven

Claudio Bohorquez plays Dvorák

Christian Tetzlaff plays Brahms

Round midnight at Festival Miami 2004

Elgar's Cello Concerto enlivens an ambitious Festival Miami concert

Scott Yoo conducts music by Shostakovich, Christopher Theofanidis and Schubert

An incomparable recital by Casals competition winner Claudio Bohorquez

The Czech Moravian Virtuosi Orchestra sparkles in novelties from Europe

Pianist Stewart Goodyear plays an uneven program

Exhilarating music making at Tanglewood

Lawrence Budmen listens to Richard Stoltzman in a crossover programme

An eloquent Schumann Trio tops the Sarasota Festival

Lawrence Budmen enjoyed the Seventh Miami International Piano Festival Discovery Series

A valedictory performance by the Miami String Quartet

Lawrence Budmen listens to the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra play Slavic music

A dazzling arrangement of 'Bolero' for two pianos

Lawrence Budmen is impressed by Ukrainian violinist Vadim Gluzman

Lawrence Budmen is impressed by Zdenek Macal and the New World Symphony

The Netherlands Bach Society at Florida's Tropical Baroque Festival

Lawrence Budmen is impressed by Canadian/Armenian soprano Isabel Bayrakdarian

Lawrence Budmen listens to Romanian pianist Mihaela Ursuleasa

Scintillating sounds at the Third Annual Women Composers Concert

Lawrence Budmen experiences 'Dialogues des carmélites' at Palm Beach Opera

Lawrence Budmen listens to the Artemis Quartet

Lawrence Budmen listens to the Philharmonia Quartett Berlin playing Brahms, Mozart and Beethoven

Lawrence Budmen listens to French pianist Hélène Grimaud with the Russian National Orchestra

Lawrence Budmen attends a concert performance of Bellini's 'Norma'

Lawrence Budmen toasts the New Year in the company of the Strauss Symphony of America

Lawrence Budmen listens to Yefim Bronfman and the American String Quartet

Misha Dacic plays Rachmaninoff with soul

Festival Miami celebrates Ned Rorem's eightieth birthday, and Lawrence Budmen was impressed

Lawrence Budmen is impressed by Alasdair Neale and the New World Symphony

Lawrence Budmen appreciates the playing of Richard Goode

Bennett Lerner plays works by composers deserving more recognition, and Lawrence Budmen is impressed

Tenor Andrew Richards scores in American music

Rare Hungarian music

Lawrence Budmen visits the Sarasota Music Festival

Gifted artists at the International Piano Festival

Lawrence Budmen reviews Tilson Thomas performances in Miami