Robert Levin

Biography

Born: October 13, 1947; Brooklyn, NY  
Pianist Robert Levin is one of America's leading keyboard players in the early instruments movement, but maintains a large repertory in all major periods and genres of piano music. He is equally at home at the harpsichord, the fortepiano, and the standard pianoforte, and as a recitalist, concerto performer, and accompanist. In addition, he is recognized as an authoritative scholar on the Classical and Baroque periods.

He studied piano
Read more with Louis Martin in New York City, and composition there with Stefan Wolpe. He was invited to study with the legendary teacher Nadia Boulanger at the American Conservatory in Fontainebleau, France, and in Paris while still a teenager. He had additional composition studies with Leon Kirchner, and master classes in piano with Clifford Curzon and Robert Casadesus when he was still a junior in high school. His piano teachers in Paris were Jean Casadesus and Alice Gaultier-Léon.

He studied at Harvard University. Upon graduation (magna cum laude), Rudolf Serkin invited him to join the faculty of the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia as head of the theory department. He was then requested by Boulanger to become the next Resident Director of the American Conservatory (1979 - 1983). In 1986 he was professor of piano at the Staatliche Hochschule fur Musik in Freiburg, Breisgau, Germany. He resigned this position in 1993 when he was appointed a professor at Harvard University. He now occupies the chair of Dwight P. Robinson, Jr. Professor of the Humanities at that institution.

He embarked on a highly successful concert and recording career. He became known as a highly intelligent interpreter, able to perform virtually any style of classical music. In his curriculum vitae he states "I learn music extremely rapidly, and...there are few works in the standard repertoire that I could not play with three weeks' warning."

He has appeared as keyboard player in a wide variety of works. A list of a few of the composers whose music he has recorded shows his wide repertory: Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Brehm, Falla, Hamilton, Harbison, Hindemith, Ives, Kirnberger, Mendelssohn, Messiaen, Mozart, Poulenc, Reger, Robert Schumann, Shifrin, Shostakovich, Telemann, Weber, and Wolpe.

He is best known as a Mozart pianist and scholar. He has written cadenzas to many of the master's recordings (including the piano, violin, and horn concertos), published embellishments of Mozart solo parts, and written several reconstructions or completions of Mozart works. His completion of Mozart's Requiem won wide critical acclaim after its premiere by Helmuth Rilling at the European Music Festival in Stuttgart in August 1991. His reconstruction of the K. 297b Sinfonia concertante for four winds and orchestra is now frequently performed. He has published numerous scholarly studies in musical issues, usually concerning performing practice and authenticity, including a world-renowned publication of completions of fragmentary Mozart works. He has recorded on several labels, notably on Sony Classics' Vivarte series. Read less

Biography

Born: October 13, 1947; Brooklyn, NY  
Pianist Robert Levin is one of America's leading keyboard players in the early instruments movement, but maintains a large repertory in all major periods and genres of piano music. He is equally at home at the harpsichord, the fortepiano, and the standard pianoforte, and as a recitalist, concerto performer, and accompanist. In addition, he is recognized as an authoritative scholar on the Classical and Baroque periods.

He studied piano
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WORKS ALBUMS
TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
I. Allegro
II. Adagio
III. Allegro
I. -
II. Siciliano
III. Allegro
I. -
II. Adagio e piano sempre
III. Allegro
I. Allegro
II. Largo
III. Allegro ma non tanto
I. -
II. Largo
III. Presto
I. -
II. Andante
III. Allegro assai
I. -
II. Andante
III. Allegro assai
I. Allegro
II. Largo ovvero Adagio
III. Allegro
I. -
I. -
II. Adagio
II. Adagio
III. Vivace
III. Vivace
I. -
II. Andante e piano
III. Allegro assai
I. -
II. Alla Siciliana
III. Allegro
I. -
II. Adagio
III. Allegro
I. -
II. Largo
III. Allegro
I. Allegro
II. Adagio ma non tanto e dolce
III. Tempo di Allabreve
I. -
II. Adagio
III. Allegro
1. Rede, Mädchen, allzu liebes
2. Am Gesteine rauscht die Flut
3. O die Frauen, O die Frauen
4. Wie des Abends schöne Röte
5. Die grüne Hopfenranke
6. Ein kleiner, hübscher Vogel nahm den Flug
7. Wohl schön bewandt war es vorehe
8. Wenn so lind dein Auge mir
9. Am Donaustrande, da steht ein Haus
10. O wie sanft die Quelle sich
11. Nein, es ist nicht auszukommen
12. Schlosser auf! und mache Schlösser
13. Vögelein durchrauscht die Luft
14. Sieh, wie ist die Welle klar
15. Nachtigall, sie singt so schön
16. Ein dunkler Schacht ist Liebe
17. Nicht wandle, mein Licht, dort aussen
18. Es bebet das Gesträuche
1. O schöne Nacht (G.F. Daumer)
2. Spätherbst (H. Allmers)
3. Abendlied (F. Hebbel)
4. Warum (J.W. Goethe)
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.4 in G, Op.58 - for Piano and Strings Quintett, Candenzas by Robert Levin - 1. Allegro Moderato
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.4 in G, Op.58 - for Piano and Strings Quintett, Candenzas by Robert Levin - 2. Andante con moto
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.4 in G, Op.58 - for Piano and Strings Quintett, Candenzas by Robert Levin - 3. Rondo. Vivace
Beethoven: Symphony No.2 in D, Op.36 - Chamber Version for Piano, Violin and Violoncello (1805) - 1. Adagio - Allegro con brio
Beethoven: Symphony No.2 in D, Op.36 - Chamber Version for Piano, Violin and Violoncello (1805) - 2. Larghetto quasi Andante
Beethoven: Symphony No.2 in D, Op.36 - Chamber Version for Piano, Violin and Violoncello (1805) - 3. Scherzo. Allegro
Beethoven: Symphony No.2 in D, Op.36 - Chamber Version for Piano, Violin and Violoncello (1805) - 4. Allegro molto
1. Allegro
2. Adagio
3. Rondeau (Tempo di menuetto)
1. Allegro
2. Andante
3. Rondeau (Allegro)
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.2 in B flat major, Op.19 - 1. Allegro con brio
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.2 in B flat major, Op.19 - 2. Adagio
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.2 in B flat major, Op.19 - 3. Rondo (Molto allegro)
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.1 in C major, Op.15 - 1. Allegro con brio
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.1 in C major, Op.15 - 2. Largo
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.1 in C majo, Op. 15 - 3. Rondo . Allegro
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.3 in C minor, Op.37 - 1. Allegro con brio
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.3 in C minor, Op.37 - 2. Largo
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.3 in C minor, Op.37 - 3. Rondo (Allegro)
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.4 in G, Op.58 - 1. Allegro moderato
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.4 in G, Op.58 - 2. Andante con moto
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.4 in G, Op.58 - 3. Rondo (Vivace)
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.5 in E flat major Op.73 -"Emperor" - 1. Allegro
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.5 in E flat major Op.73 -"Emperor" - 2. Adagio un poco mosso
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.5 in E flat major Op.73 -"Emperor" - 3. Rondo (Allegro)
Beethoven: Fantasia for Piano, Chorus and Orchestra in C minor, Op.80 - 1. Adagio
Beethoven: Fantasia for Piano, Chorus and Orchestra in C minor, Op.80 - Finale: Allegro - Meno Allegro (Allegretto) - Allegro molto - Adagio ma non troppo - Marcia, assai vivace - Allegro - Allegretto, ma non troppo (quasi andante...
Beethoven: Fantasia for Piano, Chorus and Orchestra in C minor, Op.80 - Alternative Improvised Introductions (Gardiner) - 1st alternative improvised introduction
Beethoven: Fantasia for Piano, Chorus and Orchestra in C minor, Op.80 - Alternative Improvised Introductions (Gardiner) - 1st alternative improvised introduction
Beethoven: Fantasia for Piano, Chorus and Orchestra in C minor, Op.80 - Alternative Improvised Introductions (Gardiner) - 2nd alternative improvised introduction
Beethoven: Fantasia for Piano, Chorus and Orchestra in C minor, Op.80 - Alternative Improvised Introductions (Gardiner) - 2nd alternative improvised introduction
Beethoven: Symphony No.2 in D, Op.36 - Chamber Version for Piano, Violin and Violoncello (1805) - 1. Adagio - Allegro con brio
Beethoven: Symphony No.2 in D, Op.36 - Chamber Version for Piano, Violin and Violoncello (1805) - 2. Larghetto quasi Andante
Beethoven: Symphony No.2 in D, Op.36 - Chamber Version for Piano, Violin and Violoncello (1805) - 3. Scherzo. Allegro
Beethoven: Symphony No.2 in D, Op.36 - Chamber Version for Piano, Violin and Violoncello (1805) - 4. Allegro molto
Schubert: Grand Duo Sonata in C major, D.812 (Op. posth.140) - 1. Allegro moderato
Schubert: Grand Duo Sonata in C major, D.812 (Op. posth.140) - 2. Andante
Schubert: Grand Duo Sonata in C major, D.812 (Op. posth.140) - 3. Scherzo & Trio - Allegro vivace
Schubert: Grand Duo Sonata in C major, D.812 (Op. posth.140) - 4. Allegro vivace
Schubert: Fantasy in F minor, D. 940 (Op.103) for piano duet - Allegro molto moderato -
Schubert: Fantasy in F minor, D. 940 (Op.103) for piano duet - Largo -
Schubert: Fantasy in F minor, D. 940 (Op.103) for piano duet - Allegro vivace -
Schubert: Fantasy in F minor, D. 940 (Op.103) for piano duet - Tempo I
I. Allegro
II. Andante
III. Finale. Presto
Trio No. 44 in E Major, Hob. XV: 28: I. Allegro moderato
II. Allegretto
III. Finale. Allegro
Trio No. 45 in E-flat Major, Hob XV: 29: I. Poco Allegretto
II. Andantino ed innocentemente
III. Finale. Allemande. Presto assai
Trio No. 42 in E-flat Major, Hob. XV: 30: I. Allegro moderato
II. Andante con moto
III. Presto


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