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Beth Levin (Piano)

Born: December 17, 1950 - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

The American pianist, Beth Levin, made her debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra at 12. Soon after, she was selected as one of three students to study with Rudolf Serkin at the Curtis Institute of Music. Her training began with Maryan Filar at the Settlement Music School in Philadelphia. In addition to Rudolf Serkin, her teachers have included Leonard Shure at Boston University and Dorothy Taubman in New York City. She has earned the acclaim of colleagues and critics as an exceptional talent.

Beth Levin made her New York debut in 1982 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Recitals at the Gardner Museum, Forum in North Carolina, the Dame Myra Hess Series in Chicago, Harvard University, Randolph Macon College, New York University, Williams College, the Brooklyn Museum, Merkin Hall and Weill Recital Hall followed. She has toured Europe with Trio Borealis and performed the Emperor Concerto with the Symphony Orchestra of Quito, Ecuador. Her live radio broadcasts have aired on National Public Radio, WGBH in Boston, WFMT in Chicago and WNYC, WNYE and WQXR in New York.

Appearing as soloist with such orchestras as the Philadelphia Orchestra, Boston Pops Orchestra, Seattle Symphony Orchestra, Boston Civic Symphony and chamber orchestras around the USA, Beth Levin has worked with such conductors as William Smith, Arthur Fiedler, Benjamin Zander, Milton Katims, Silas Huff and Joseph Silverstein. As a Music From Marlboro Artist, she toured the USA and Canada and taped the Hummel Quintet in D minor for Columbia Masterworks. She has collaborated with the Audubon Quartet, the Vermeer Quartet, The Reykjavik Woodwind Quintet, the Daniel Quartet, the Boston Artists Ensemble and the Saratoga Chamber Players. Participation in the Taubman International Piano Festival, Marlboro, Casals, Harvard, Edinburgh Fringe and Blue Hill summer music festivals also resulted. Beth Levin was a founder of the Gramercy Trio and the American Arts Trio. Concert recordings of Schubert's Wanderer Fantasy and Scott Wheeler's Artist Proofs (1998) have been released on the Palexa label.

As a soloist and chamber musician, Beth Levin has performed and recorded contemporary works by Alan Campbell, Marc Eychenne, Brian Fennelly, Steven R. Gerber, Alexander Goretzky, Louis Karchin, Michael Rose, Scott Wheeler and David Del Tredici.

In February and March of 2004 Beth Levin toured the former Yugoslavia under the auspices of Poetica Musica and the US State Department. She performed and gave master classes. Ahead in January of 2005 is a Turkish tour including the Ankora Music Festival and performances in Istanbul. A similar tour was planned for Bulgaria in April of 2005.

"A pianist with a bold interpretive personality and a powerful technique. She brought fire and originality to her program." Allan Kozinn, The New York Times
"Over the years, Levin has transformed herself. The flame within still burns with undimmed intensity, but now there is warmth as well as blinding light." Richard Dyer, The Boston Globe
"A pianist of rare qualities and the highest professional caliber. I was deeply impressed and moved by her performance at the last Marlboro Festival."
Paul Badura-Skoda
"Miss Levin, who has well-drilled fingers and temperament to spare, romped through the nonstop virtuoso writing. But it was not all her show, and she subdued herself to let the other instruments have their say when the score indicated which, in all truth, is not too often. It was a bracing performance." Harold C. Schonberg, The New York Times

Source: World Concert Artist Directory
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (May 2008)

Beth Levin: Short Biography | Recordings of Instrumental Works

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Beth Levin - Piano (Official Website)
Beth Levin (World Concert Artist Directory)
La Folia: Articles by Beth Levin

Beth Levin, pianist (Vista Lirica) Beth Levin - Brooklyn, New York - Classical

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