Beth Levin to Perform All-Beethoven Suite at 2012 Dorothy Taubman Seminar, 6/22

Beth Levin to Perform All-Beethoven Suite at 2012 Dorothy Taubman Seminar, 6/22

Virtuosopianist Beth Levin resumes her spring/summer 2012 tour with a recital featuring Beethoven Sonatas Op. 109-111. This concert is presented by The 2012 Dorothy Taubman Seminar, a three-day series of lectures, piano masterclasses, mini-group clinics, workshops and special events running June 21st-23rd. For a full schedule and more details, click here.

The concert is set for Friday, June 22, 2012 at 8pm at The 2012 Dorothy Taubman Seminar at Leshowitz Recital Hall, Cali School of Music, Montclair State University, located at 1 Normal Avenue Montclair, NJ. Suggested Donation: $20/$12 students.

Pianist Beth Levin’s playing style can only be described as one of complete and selfless immersion into music, aided by an impeccable technique and an understanding that can be traced back to her unique artistic lineage. Levin, a former child prodigy who made her debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra at age 12, was subsequently taught and guided by legendary pianists such as Rudolph Serkin, Leonard Shure, Dorothy Taubman and Paul Badura-Skoda (who praised her as a pianist of rare qualities and the highest professional caliber). It is this lineage that allows Levin to connect the golden age of the great Romantic interpreters to the modern musical landscape and lends itself to her astonishing interpretive ease with all music, whether written one hundred years ago or one hundred days ago.

As a concerto soloist, Beth has appeared with The Philadelphia Orchestra, the Boston Pops Orchestra, the Boston Civic Symphony, the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, and numerous other symphony orchestras throughout the Americas, working with noted conductors such as Arthur Fiedler, Tonu Kalam, Milton Katims, Joseph Silverstein and Benjamin Zander.

Chamber music festival collaborations have brought her to the Marlboro Festival, Casals Festival, Harvard, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the Ankara Music Festival and the Blue Hill Festival, collaborating with such groups such as the Gramercy Trio (founding member), the Audubon Quartet, the Vermeer Quartet and the Trio Borealis with whom she has toured extensively.

Among Levin’s many recordings, her renderings of Bach’s Goldberg Variations, (Centaur Records, 2008) and Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations (Centaur Records, 2011) stand as two of her most crowning achievements. Her interpretation of the Diabelli Variations has been described as “consistently fascinating” (Steve Smith, NY Times) and simply “stunning” (Robert Levine, Stereophile Magazine). Of her Goldberg Variations, it is said that she plays “as if she is in love with the notes....with always the sense that she is exploring Bach’s genius” (Peter Burwasser, Fanfare Magazine). Her performances have been broadcast on National Public Radio, WGBH (Boston), WFMT (Chicago) and WNYC, WNYE and WQXR (New York).

Levin remains committed to the performance of newly written works, collaborating with composers such as Henryk Gorecki, Louis Karchin, Michael Rose among many others. Her closest relationships remains with composers David Del Tredici and Andrew Rudin, both of whom have written works for her.

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Next up, Levin will play on Saturday, July 14, 2012 at 7:30pm at the Portland International Piano Festival, World Forestry Center, located at 4033 SW Canyon Road Portland, OR. Tickets: $14-$36