Yoel Levi

Biography

Born: August 16, 1950; Sotmar, Romania  
As music director of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra from 1988 to 2000, Yoel Levi built upon the estimable reputation he had established as assistant to Lorin Maazel with the Cleveland Orchestra. During his years in Atlanta, he recorded extensively with his orchestra, amassing more than 30 releases for Telarc. In the latter years of his Atlanta tenure, he began conducting opera successfully, quickly earning respect in that newest facet of his Read more career.

Reared in Israel, Levi studied at the Tel Aviv Academy of Music, where he was awarded his master of arts degree with distinction. After further training at the Jerusalem Academy of Music, he studied with Franco Ferrara in Rome and Siena and worked with Kiril Kondrashin in Holland. Additional training at London's Guildhall School of Music preceded Levi's first prize in the 1978 conductor's International Competition in Besançon.

During his years as music director in Atlanta, Levi was acknowledged as having enhanced the ensemble left by Robert Shaw. European critics, in particular, were impressed by the increased refinement in sound and attack evidenced in a 1991 European tour and through the orchestra's many recordings. Following appearances on the Continent, the A.S.O. was one of the orchestras honored by receiving a nomination for Best Orchestra of the Year in the 1991-1992 International Classical Music Awards. In addition to his duties in Cleveland and Atlanta, Levi has appeared as guest conductor in Europe, America, the Mideast, and in several countries in Asia. In the United States, he has led the principal orchestras in Boston, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, Pittsburgh, Minnesota, and Washington, D.C. In Canada, Levi has conducted the orchestras of Montreal and Toronto.

Levi's debut as an opera theater conductor awaited a 1997 production of La fanciulla del West in Florence. Since then, other opera engagements have taken him to such venues as Chicago, Prague, and Paris. Upon his retirement from the directorship of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Levi became ASO music director emeritus. In addition, he was engaged as principal guest conductor of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra while also serving as music artistic advisor to the Flemish Radio Orchestra. In 2001, the French government named Levi Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. Read less
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  • 1.
    Haydn: Symphony No. 60 (
    Label: Helicon   Catalog: 9663 Release Date: 06/11/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn
    Performer:  Maya Tamir
    Conductor:  Yoel Levi
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    Torke: Color Music
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001752802 Release Date: 12/11/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Michael Torke
    Conductor:  David Zinman,  Kent Nagano,  Yoel Levi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Baltimore Symphony Orchestra,  London Sinfonietta,  Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
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    Saint-Saens: Symphonies 1, 2 & 3, Orchestral Works / Levi, Dubois, Orchestre National
    Label: Cascavelle   Catalog: 3136 Release Date: 03/08/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Camille Saint-Saëns
    Performer:  Vincent Dubois
    Conductor:  Yoel Levi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  French National Orchestra
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    Classical Prep School - Essential Music
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80749 Release Date: 08/11/2009   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Richard Wagner,  Edvard Grieg  ... 
    Performer:  John O'Conor,  James Van Demark,  Rudolf Serkin,  Michael Chertock  ... 
    Conductor:  Michael Bishop,  Yoel Levi,  Erich Kunzel,  Lorin Maazel  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Atlanta Symphony Orchestra,  Cincinnati Pops,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    Everybody's  Sibelius / Yoel Levi, Et Al
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80760 Release Date: 04/28/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Jean Sibelius
    Conductor:  Yoel Levi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra,  Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
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    Beautiful Wedding - Ceremony - Handel, Bach, Vivaldi, Etc / Ozawa, Pearlman, Levi, Empire Brass Et Al
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80717 Release Date: 05/20/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Ottorino Respighi,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Ludwig van Beethoven  ... 
    Performer:  John Sauer,  Kurt Wortman,  Rick Tiven,  Joel Brown  ... 
    Conductor:  Martin Pearlman,  Jesús Lopez-Cobos,  Frederick Fennell,  Yoel Levi  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Baroque,  Lausanne Chamber Orchestra,  Empire Brass  ... 
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    The Divine Feminine
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80689 Release Date: 10/24/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Hildegard of Bingen,  John Tavener,  Arvo Pärt,  Tomás Luis de Victoria  ... 
    Performer:  Carlo Willems,  Elly Ameling,  Sylvia McNair,  Richard Leech  ... 
    Conductor:  Rudolf Werthen,  Robert Shaw,  Jesús Lopez-Cobos,  Yoel Levi  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tapestry,  I Fiamminghi,  Robert Shaw Festival Singers  ... 
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    Milken Archive - Sacred Services From Israel
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8559452 Release Date: 09/26/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Paul Ben-Haim,  Yehezkel Braun,  Marc Lavry
    Performer:  Meir Finkelstein,  Matthew Kirchner,  Raphael Frieder
    Conductor:  Avner Itai,  Gerard Schwarz,  Yoel Levi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Singers,  Spectrum,  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Stravinsky: L'oiseau De Feu, Etc / Levi, Flemish Rso
    Label: Glossa   Catalog: 922201 Release Date: 03/28/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Conductor:  Yoel Levi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Flemish Radio Orchestra
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    Michael Torke - Ecstatic Collection
    Label: Ecstatic Records   Catalog: 92299 Release Date: 11/02/2004   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Michael Torke
    Performer:  Catherine Bott,  Valdine Anderson,  Kurt Ollmann,  John Harle  ... 
    Conductor:  David Zinman,  Michael Torke,  Edo De Waart,  Yoel Levi  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Baltimore Symphony Orchestra,  Argo Band,  Netherlands Radio Chorus  ... 
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    Michael Torke - Three
    Label: Ecstatic Records   Catalog: 92203 Release Date: 11/02/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Michael Torke
    Performer:  John Harle
    Conductor:  Yoel Levi,  David Alan Miller,  Michael Torke,  David Zinman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Atlanta Symphony Orchestra,  Albany Symphony Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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    Milken Archive - Schoenfield: Viola Concerto, Etc
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8559418 Release Date: 08/17/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Paul Schoenfield
    Performer:  Robert Vernon
    Conductor:  Yoel Levi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra
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    Milken Archive - Jewish Tone Poems / Schwarz, Levi, Et Al
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8559426 Release Date: 07/20/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Aaron Avshalomov,  Sheila Silver,  Jan Meyerowitz
    Conductor:  Gerard Schwarz,  Yoel Levi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Seattle Symphony Orchestra
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    Milken Archive - M. D. Levy: Masada, Etc / Levi, Troxell
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8559427 Release Date: 02/17/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Marvin David Levy
    Performer:  Richard Troxell
    Conductor:  Yoel Levi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ernst Senff Choir,  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra
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    The Best Of Barber - Adagio For Strings, Agnus Dei, Etc
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80632 Release Date: 10/28/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Samuel Barber
    Performer:  Arietha Lockhart,  Jon Kimura Parker,  Sylvia McNair,  Robert McDuffie
    Conductor:  Robert Shaw,  Yoel Levi,  Leonard Slatkin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Robert Shaw Festival Singers,  Atlanta Symphony Orchestra,  St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
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    Puccini: Edgar / Levi, Varády, Mccormick, Tanner, Et Al
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 4957 Release Date: 10/21/2003   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini
    Performer:  Carl Tanner,  Julia Varády,  Dalibor Jenis,  Carlo Cigni  ... 
    Conductor:  Yoel Levi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre de France,  ORTF Chorus,  Maîtrise de Radio France
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    Milken Archive - Introducing American Jewish Music
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8559406 Release Date: 09/23/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Darius Milhaud,  Ernst Toch,  Bruce Adolphe,  Kurt Weill  ... 
    Performer:  Carol Meyer,  Richard Clement,  Eliot Fisk,  Lucy Shelton  ... 
    Conductor:  Gerard Schwarz,  Neil Levin,  Elli Jaffe,  Joseph Cullen  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Juilliard String Quartet,  Czech Philharmonic Orchestra,  Prague Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    Nielsen: Violin Concerto; Symphony No 1
    Label: Accord   Catalog: 4760944 Release Date: 07/08/2003  
    Composer:  Carl Nielsen
    Performer:  Silvia Marcovici
    Conductor:  Yoel Levi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Montpellier National Orchestra
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    Classics - Mendelssohn: Midsummer Night's Dream, Symphony 4
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80318 Release Date: 06/24/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn
    Conductor:  Yoel Levi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
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    Classics - Prokofiev: Symphonies No 1 & 5 / Levi, Atlanta So
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80289 Release Date: 11/26/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Prokofiev
    Conductor:  Yoel Levi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
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    Sibelius: Symphonies No 1 & 5 / Levi, Atlanta SO
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80246 Release Date: 11/26/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jean Sibelius
    Conductor:  Yoel Levi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
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    Classics - Shostakovich: Symphonies No 5 & 9 / Levi, Atlanta
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80215 Release Date: 10/22/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Dmitri Shostakovich
    Conductor:  Yoel Levi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
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  • 23.
    Classics - Prokofiev: Romeo & Juliet - Excerpts / Yoel Levi
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80089 Release Date: 08/27/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Prokofiev
    Conductor:  Yoel Levi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra
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    Classics - Copland: Third Symphony, Etc / Levi, Atlanta So
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80201 Release Date: 04/23/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Aaron Copland
    Conductor:  Yoel Levi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
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    Mahler: Symphony No 1 / Levi, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80545 Release Date: 06/27/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Conductor:  Yoel Levi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
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