Robert Levin


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Pianist Robert Levin has been heard throughout the United States, Europe, Australia, and Asia, in recital, as   soloist,   and   in   chamber    concerts.   He   has performed   with  the  orchestras  of  Berlin, Birmingham, Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Los Angeles, Montreal and Vienna with such conductors as   Bernard   Haitink,   Sir  Neville   Marriner,   Seiji Ozawa, Sir Simon  Rattle,  Esa-Pekka  Salonen  and Joseph  Silverstein.  On fortepiano  he has  appeared with  the  Academy  of Ancient  Music, Handel  and Haydn Society, London Classical Players, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and Orchestre Révolutionnaire  et Romantique,  with Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Christopher  Hogwood, Sir Charles Mackerras, Nicholas McGegan and Sir Roger Norrington.  He has  performed  frequently  at  such festivals as Sarasota,  Tanglewood, Ravinia, Bremen, Lockenhaus, Verbier and the Mozartwoche in Salzburg. As a chamber  musician, partners include Steven  Isserlis, Kim Kashkashian and  Ya-Fei Chuang.

Robert Levin is renowned  for his restoration of the Classical  period  practice  of  improvised embellishments and cadenzas; his Mozart and Beethoven performances have been hailed for their active  mastery  of the  Classical  musical  language. He has  made  recordings  for DG Archiv, CRI, Decca/Oiseau-Lyre, Deutsche  Grammophon  Yellow Label,  ECM, New  York  Philomusica,   Nonesuch, Philips, and SONY Classical. These include the complete  Bach concertos  with Helmuth  Rilling as well as the English Suites and  the  Well-Tempered Clavier for Hänssler’s 172-CD Edition Bach- Akademie. Other recordings include a Beethoven concerto  cycle with Sir John Eliot Gardiner and the Orchestre Révolutionnaire  et Romantique for DG Archiv, a  Mozart  concerto  cycle  with  Christopher Hogwood  and  the  Academy  of Ancient  Music for Decca   Oiseau-Lyre   as   well   as   the    complete Beethoven cello and piano works for Hyperion with Steven Isserlis, which was named Gramophone Magazine’s ‘Recording of the Month’ in early 2014.

Robert  Levin studied  piano  with Louis Martin  and composition  with  Stefan  Wolpe  in  New York.  He worked with Nadia Boulanger  in Fontainebleau and Paris while still in high school, afterwards  attending Harvard. Upon graduation he was invited by Rudolf Serkin to head  the theory department of the Curtis Institute of Music, a post he left after  five years  to take  up a professorship at  the  School  of the  Arts, SUNY Purchase,  outside  of New York City. In 1979 he was Resident Director of the Conservatoire Américain in Fontainebleau, France, at the request of Nadia Boulanger,  and taught  there  from 1979 to 1983. Between 1986 and  1993 he was professor  of piano  at  the  Staatliche   Hochschule   für  Musik in Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany. President  of the International Johann   Sebastian   Bach  Competition and a member  of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. More recently, he has been Dwight P. Robinson,   Jr.   Professor    of   the Humanities    at Harvard   University   and   inducted   as   Honorary Member  of  the  American Academy  of  Arts  and Letters in 2016.

In addition to his performing  activities, Robert Levin is a noted  theorist  and  Mozart scholar, and  is the author   of  a  number   of  articles   and   essays   on Mozart. His completions  of Mozart  fragments are published  by Bärenreiter,  Breitkopf & Härtel, Hänssler,  and Peters,  and have been recorded  and performed  throughout the  world. Levin’s  cadenzas to the  Mozart violin concertos  have been  recorded by Gidon Kremer  with Nikolaus  Harnoncourt and the Vienna  Philharmonic  for  Deutsche Grammophon  and  published  by Universal  Edition. Henle has  also  issued  his  cadenzas   to  the  flute, oboe   and   horn   concertos   and   will  publish his cadenzas  to Beethoven’s violin concerto. His reconstruction of the Symphonie Concertante in E- flat major for four winds and orchestra, K.297B, was premièred  by the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra  at the Mozartwoche in Salzburg, and has subsequently been  performed  worldwide. The first of four recordings  of the  work, by Philips,  won  the  1985 Grand Prix International du Disque. In August 1991 Robert Levin’s completion  of Mozart’s Requiem was premièred   by  Helmuth   Rilling  at  the   European Music Festival  in Stuttgart to  a  standing  ovation. Published   by  Hänssler-Verlag,  it has  been performed    worldwide   and    recorded    numerous times.  A Carnegie  Hall commission   to  complete Mozart’s Mass in C minor, K. 427 was premiered  in 2005.

Future  highlights  include  concerts  with the  Tokyo Metropolitan    Symphony,   Philharmonia   Baroque and Kansas City Symphony orchestras. He continues his acclaimed collaboration with Steven Isserlis performing the complete Beethoven cello and piano music, as  well as  a new partnership  with violinist Hilary Hahn.