Adam Levin and William Knuth in DUO SONIDOS Joins A440 Arts Group
A440 Arts Group welcomes Duo Sonidos (Adam Levin, guitar and William Knuth, violin) to its growing roster of composers, classical musicians, and ensembles for management and publicity in North America. A440 will also represent Adam Levin as a soloist.
Duo Sonidos is dedicated to bringing a fresh interpretation of chamber music to audiences across the globe and expanding the repertoire for violin and guitar duos through new commissions. In December 2010, Duo Sonidos was awarded first prize at the Luys Milán International Chamber Music Competition in Valencia, Spain. In January 2011, Duo Sonidos was featured on the WFMT/Chicago radio program Live from Mayne Stage.
Their self-titled debut album was released in 2010 featuring standard and new works by Astor Piazzolla, Salvador Brotons, Eduardo Morales-Caso, and Manuel De Falla. The CD garnered a US Choice recommendation from BBC Music Magazine in June, 2012. Music critic JulIan Haylock wrote “how refreshing to encounter two gifted young American musicians playing the Histoire du Tango with a loose-limbed, easy virtuoso cool and beguiling tonal warmth that combines laid-back intuitiveness with classical sophistication. …Stunning performances from Duo Sonidos.” The American Record Guide wrote, “Knuth plays violin with perfect intonation, a wide range of timbre, sprightly rhythm, expressive phrasing, and great sensitivity. He never overwhelms his partner…and his affinity for this music is ideal. Levin is every bit as fine. This is exquisite music-making… an exciting discovery, recommended to all lovers of great chamber music playing.”
Duo Sonidos is a bid to amalgamate the capabilities of two classically ambassadorial instruments basic to the fabric of contemporary and classical music, and to advance this chamber combination with audiences around the world. Duo Sonidos has forged relationships with contemporary composers with an adaptable catalogue of music as well as commissioned several composers that have written new works for them, including Jan Freidlin (Israel), Jorge Variego (Argentina), Ricardo Llorca (Spain-USA) and Eduardo Morales-Caso (Cuba- Spain), and others.
Levin and Knuth have performed throughout the United States and Europe and have been honored as US Fulbright Scholars in the field of music performance in Madrid, Spain and Vienna, Austria.
Adam Levin has been praised by renowned American guitarist Eliot Fisk as a “virtuoso guitarist and a true 21st century renaissance man with the élan, intelligence, charm, tenacity and conviction to change the world.” Levin’s debut album, In the Beginning, was praised as “absolutely thrilling…will dazzle and entertain at every possible opportunity” by Minor 7th Acoustic Guitar Music Reviews.
Levin has embarked on expanding the guitar’s repertoire through collaborations with thirty renowned contemporary Spanish composers. His second album, Music from Out of Time featured world premiere recordings by contemporary Spanish composers Eduardo Morales-Caso, Leonardo Balada, Mario Gosalvez-Blanco, David Del Puerto, and José María Sánchez Verdú. His most recent solo recording on Verso Records, Fuego de la Luna, showcased the complete guitar works of Eduardo Morales-Caso. In September 2012, production begins on a four-volume solo CD series on the Naxos label and a companion publication with Brotons y Mercadal Edicions Musicals, presenting the thirty Spanish works commissioned while in residency in Spain from 2008-2011.
Levin has performed across the United States and Europe at renowned venues such as Chicago’s Pick Staiger and Mayne Stage concert halls, at the Palazzo Chigi Saracini in Italy, Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and Jordan Hall, The Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the Berlin Universität für Musik und darstellende Künst, the Barcelona Auditorio Axa, and in Madrid at the Palacio de Godoy, BBVA Palacio del Marqués de Salamanca, and Sala Manuel De Falla.
The recipient of numerous top prizes, Adam Levin has been recognized by the Society of American Musicians, the Lake Forest Concerto Competition, Minnesota’s Schubert Competition, Boston GuitarFest, Concurso Internacional de les Corts para Jóvenes Intérpretes in Barcelona, Concurso Internazionale Di Gargnano, and Certamen Internacional Luys Milan de Guitarra in Valencia. Levin has been guest artist on a variety of music series, including Madrid’s Sociedad Española de Guitarra, Conciertos en Palacios and Festival Clásicos en Verano, Valencia’s Amigos de la Guitarra, Boston GuitarFest, L’Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena, and Festival Pro Música e Cultura in St.Moritz.