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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
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    Henri Dutilleux Edition [6-CD Set]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002027702 Release Date: 04/22/2014   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Henri Dutilleux
    Performer:  Olivier Charlier,  Ildikó Vékony,  François Le Roux,  Robert Levin  ... 
    Conductor:  Hans Graf,  Semyon Bychkov,  Charles Dutoit,  Alan Gilbert  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bordeaux-Aquitaine National Orchestra,  Orchestre de Paris,  Bordeaux Aquitaine Orchestra  ... 
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    Beethoven: Complete Works for Cello & Piano / Steven Isserlis, Robert Levin
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 67981 Release Date: 01/14/2014   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Steven Isserlis,  Robert Levin
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    Bernard Rands: Piano Music 1960-2010
    Label: Bridge   Catalog: 9415 Release Date: 12/10/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Bernard Rands
    Performer:  Robert Levin,  Ursula Oppens
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    Bach: Complete Orchestral Works / Helmuth Rilling
    Label: Hänssler Classic   Catalog: 98009 Release Date: 04/30/2013   Number of Discs: 11
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Carol Wincenc,  Christoph Poppen,  Isabelle Faust,  Robert Levin  ... 
    Conductor:  Helmuth Rilling
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oregon Bach Festival Orchestra,  Oregon Bach Festival Chamber Orchestra,  Stuttgart Bach Collegium
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    Token Creek Chamber Music Festival - Beethoven: Piano Trios
    Label: Token Creek Recordings   Catalog: 98083 Release Date: 02/02/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Judith Gordon,  Robert Levin,  Rhonda Rider,  Rosemary Harbison
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    Token Creek Chamber Music Festival - Stravinsky, Haydn, Harbison
    Label: Token Creek Recordings   Catalog: 114 Release Date: 02/02/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Harbison,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Igor Stravinsky
    Performer:  Robert Levin,  Judith Gordon,  Marjorie Dix,  Rhonda Rider  ... 
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    Thomas Oboe Lee: Six Concertos
    Label: Bmop/Sound   Catalog: 1025 Release Date: 09/11/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Thomas Oboe Lee
    Performer:  Jennifer Slowik,  Sarah Brady,  Irina Muresanu,  Robert Levin  ... 
    Conductor:  Gil Rose
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Modern Orchestra Project
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    Gidon Kremer - Edition Lockenhaus
    Label: Ecm   Catalog: 001599002 Release Date: 10/24/2011   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Richard Strauss,  Olivier Messiaen,  César Franck,  André Caplet  ... 
    Performer:  Khatia Buniatishvili,  Markus Bellheim,  Andrei Pushkarev,  Dmytro Marchenko  ... 
    Conductor:  Simon Rattle,  Roman Kofman,  Heinz Holliger
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kremerata Baltica,  Shedryk Children's Choir,  Hagen String Quartet  ... 
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    Label: Composers Recordings, Inc. (Cri)   Catalog: 504 Release Date: 05/01/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Seymour Shifrin
    Performer:  Roger Patterson,  Allen Shearer,  Christine Whittlesey,  Robert Levin
    Conductor:  Michael Senturia
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berkeley Chorus,  Berkeley Orchestra
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    Dutilleux: D'ombre et de Silence / Robert Levin
    Label: Ecm   Catalog: 001431502 Release Date: 06/08/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Henri Dutilleux
    Performer:  Robert Levin,  Ya-Fei Chuang
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    Edition Klaiver-festival Ruhr - Handel, Mendelssohn & Neue Music
    Label: Cavi Music   Catalog: 8553186 Release Date: 04/13/2010   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Vassos Nicolaou,  Rudi Spring,  Wilhelm Killmayer,  George Frideric Handel  ... 
    Performer:  Tamara Stefanovich,  Markus Schäfer,  Siegfried Mauser,  Léon Berben  ... 
    Conductor:  Steven Sloane
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bochum Symphony Orchestra
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    Wyner: Orchestral Music / Spano, Wyner
    Label: Bridge   Catalog: 9282 Release Date: 03/10/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Yehudi Wyner
    Performer:  Robert Levin,  Maximilian Hornung
    Conductor:  Robert Spano,  Susan Davenny Wyner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra,  Odense Symphony Orchestra,  Boston Festival Orchestra
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    Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos 6, 7, & 10 / Bilson, Gardiner
    Label: Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog: 427317 Release Date: 10/29/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Malcolm Bilson,  Robert Levin,  Melvyn Tan
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists
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    Schubert: Piano Sonatas D 850, D 537 / Robert Levin
    Label: Sony Classical Vivarte Series   Catalog: 53364 Release Date: 10/29/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Robert Levin
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    American Classics - Stanley Walden / Dodge, Spectrum Concerts Berlin
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8559355 Release Date: 08/26/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Stanley Walden
    Performer:  Julia Maria Kretz,  Jens-Peter Maintz,  Robert Levin,  Ya-Fei Chuang  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Spectrum Concerts
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    Mozart: Piano Concertos K 271 & K 414 / Levin, Hogwood
    Label: L'oiseau Lyre   Catalog: 443328 Release Date: 05/15/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Robert Levin
    Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
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    Edition Klavier-festival Ruhr - Mozart, Variationen & Neue Klaviermusik
    Label: Cavi Music   Catalog: 8553067 Release Date: 04/08/2008   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Krzysztof Meyer,  John Harbison,  John Dowland  ... 
    Performer:  Various,  Peter Serkin,  Lars Vogt,  Robert Levin  ... 
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    Mozart: Piano Concertos K413 & K415, Rondo K386 / Levin
    Label: L'oiseau Lyre   Catalog: 444571 Release Date: 11/27/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Robert Levin
    Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
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    Asturiana - Music of Spain and Argentina / Kashkashian, Levin
    Label: Ecm   Catalog: 000967902 Release Date: 09/18/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carlos López Buchardo,  Carlos Guastavino,  Xavier Montsalvatge,  Alberto Ginastera  ... 
    Performer:  Kim Kashkashian,  Robert Levin
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    Mozart: Piano Concertos No 17 & 20 / Levin, Hogwood
    Label: L'oiseau Lyre   Catalog: 455607 Release Date: 09/17/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Robert Levin
    Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
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  • 21.
    Label: Etcetera Records   Catalog: 1004 Release Date: 10/01/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg
    Performer:  Kjell Baekkelund,  Robert Levin
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    Brahms: Choral Works / Gardiner, Monteverdi Choir
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 000666902 Release Date: 09/12/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Philip Salmon,  Delyth Wynne,  Anthony Halstead,  Christian Rutherford  ... 
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monteverdi Choir
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    Zeit Zu Zweit
    Label: Hänssler Classic   Catalog: 98249 Release Date: 03/31/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Franz Liszt,  Joaquin Rodrigo,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  Vladimir Bunin,  Dale Kavanagh,  Pavlos Hatzopoulos,  Florian Henschel  ... 
    Conductor:  Klaus-Peter Hahn,  Horst-Hans Bäcker,  Helmuth Rilling,  Sir Neville Marriner  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow State Radio and Television Symphony Orchestra,  International Philharmonic Orchestra,  Oregon Bach Festival Orchestra  ... 
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    Bach Gesamtset
    Label: Hänssler Classic   Catalog: 92520 Release Date: 08/01/2004   Number of Discs: 172
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Juliane Banse,  Robert Levin,  Trevor Pinnock,  Yevgeny Koroliov
    Conductor:  Helmuth Rilling
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Bach Collegium
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    Beethoven: Piano Concerto No 4, Etc / Robert Levin, Et Al
    Label: Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog: 474224 Release Date: 04/08/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Robert Levin,  Peter Hanson,  David Watkin,  Anette Isserlis  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique members
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