Duo Equilibrium consists of guitarists Yuri Liberzon and Patrick O’Connell, both of whom possess impressive musical ability as well as technical mastery, who are established soloists, and respected ensemble players alike.
The name Equilibrium reflects the duo’s unique ability to balance refined technical mastery with mature musical understanding and sensitivity. Designed to dazzle the novice concertgoer and impress the intellectual music enthusiast, their concert programs are inspiring, contain a great variety of repertoire, and feature works that are technically challenging as well as musically complex.
Russian-born and Israeli-raised guitarist yuri liberzon ranks among today’s foremost classical guitarists in the United States and the world. His playing has been described as “Transcendent technical prowess at the service of gracious musicality. He is a natural born guitarist”. Washington D.C. Guitar Society wrote: “Mr. Liberzon was terrific. World-class mental acrobatics. Very pleasing results.”
Media appearances include: Voice of America International Radio Station, WBJC Classical Music Radio Station of Baltimore, Kol HaMusica National Classical Music Radio Station of the Israel Broadcasting Authority, Israeli Newspaper Vesti, KUHF (NPR Houston), KKUP Cupertino, KUSF San Francisco and WDR German Television Network. His arrangement of J.S Bach’s violin Partita No.1 in B minor was published in the SoundBoard magazine.
Mr. Liberzon has won numerous prizes at international competitions. In 1996 and 1997 Yuri won top prizes at the Ariane Yerushalmi Eldor Classical Guitar Competition of the Jerusalem Academy of Music and remains the youngest prizewinner in its history. Other awards include top prizes at the Appalachian Guitar Competition in North Carolina and at the ‘Classical Minds’ competition in Texas. Since 1996, Mr. Liberzon was a numerous recipient of America-Israel Cultural Foundation scholarships.
Mr. Liberzon received his master’s degree from Yale School of Music as well as Graduate Performance Diploma and Bachelor’s degree at the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University.
While still a student at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Patrick O’Connell began his professional performing carer with a solo appearance at Carnegie Hall. Upon graduating with a Masters degree, he joined the San Francisco Guitar Quartet with whom he has recorded an album entitled “Chasing Light” which features many new works dedicated to the ensemble as well as Patrick’s own arrangements. He has been a featured performer with the SFGQ in numerous festivals and concert series around the country, and internationally. Notable performances include La Guitarra California festival in San Luis Obispo, the Legion of Honor in San Francisco, Dresdner Gitarrenfest in Dresden Germany, Second Sundays Classical Guitar Concert Series in New York City, the Monadnock Music Festival in New Hampshire, the San Francisco Jazz Festival, and the Festival of Contemporary Music in San Francisco, California.
In 1998, Patrick entered the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University under merit scholarship. During his undergraduate studies his teachers were renowned guitarist Manuel Barrueco and guitar department chair Ray Chester. He received a Bachelors of Music degree in 2003. In 2004, Patrick attended the San Francisco Conservatory of Music where he was awarded a merit scholarship to study with world famous guitarists David Tanenbaum, Dusan Bogdanovic, and Mark Teicholz. Mr. O’Connell received a Masters of Music degree in 2006.