Born in Guadalajara, Mexico, Daniela Liebman began practicing piano as a 5-year-old. Just 10 years later, Liebman has performed as a soloist alongside several famous orchestras and won a handful of prestigious international contests.
She now lives in the United States where, as a 15-year-old, she is still too young to buy a beer.
Her successes, so early in her life and career, are what convinced the University of Wyoming’s cultural programming department — UW Presents — to bring Liebman to campus.
“What initially struck us about (Liebman) was her incredible résumé at such a young age,” Director of UW Presents Janelle Fletcher said.
“We watched some videos of her playing and we knew right away we wanted her in our 2018 season.”
Liebman was named one of the Most Creative Mexicans in the World two years in a row, sharing the distinction with acclaimed filmmakers such as Guillermo del Toro and Alfonso Cuarón. She has performed on four continents with 20 different orchestras.
Today, Liebman is set to fill the Buchanan Center for Performing Arts Concert Hall with her music, performing a romantic program — including classical works by Beethoven and Schubert and ending with Chopin and Prokofiev.
“I feel sorry for anyone who misses Daniela’s performance,” Fletcher said. “There’s something truly magical about watching an unbelievable amount of talent come from someone who’s only 15 years old. Additionally, the pieces she’s playing will appeal to both those knowledgeable in classical music and those who are generally unfamiliar with piano pieces.”
Fletcher said UW Presents — formerly known as Cultural Programs — aims to bring “entertaining, diverse and thought-provoking artists” to UW.
“Seasons often consist of classical music, dance, and theater performances,” she said. “This most recent season, however, we have really tried to branch of into even more eclectic acts — Peking Acrobats, Colin Mocherie and Brad Sherwood, etc. We stay true to the programs roots with incredible classical acts such as (Liebman).”
Having performed at Harvard University just two weeks ago, Liebman will also travel the hemisphere in 2018 with performances planned in Guatemala, Chile and Mexico.
“Knowing how successful her career will continue to be in her adulthood, this is Laramie’s chance to say, ‘I saw her when …’” Fletcher said.
Liebman’s performance begins 7:30 p.m. today in the Buchanan Center for the Performing Arts Concert Hall.
Tickets are $10 for UW students, $12 for senior citizens, UW faculty and staff and $15 for the public. Go to www.uwyo.edu/uwpresents for more information.