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Posted by : American Academy of Arts & Sciences
Date posted : Jan 01, 1970
December 12, 2011 Cambridge, MA Robert Levin is a pianist and the Dwight P. Robinson, Jr. Professor of Music at Harvard University. He has been a professor at the Curtis Institute of Music and at SUNY Purchase; Resident Director of the Conservatoire américain in Fontainebleau, France; and professor of piano at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik in Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany. He has been heard throughout the United States, Europe, Australia, and Asia, in recital, as soloist, and in chamber concerts. His solo engagements include the orchestras of Atlanta, Berlin, Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, Los Angeles, Montreal, Philadelphia, Toronto, Utah, and Vienna. On period pianos, he has appeared with the Academy of Ancient Music, the English Baroque Soloists, the Handel & Haydn Society, the London Classical Players, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, and the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique. He has performed frequently at festivals such as Sarasota, Oregon Bach, Tanglewood, Ravinia, Bremen, Lockenhaus, and the Mozartwoche in Salzburg. A passionate advocate of new music, he has commissioned and premiered a large number of works, including Joshua Fineberg's Veils (2001), John Harbison's Second Sonata (2003), Yehudi Wyner's piano concerto Chiavi in mano (2006), Bernard Rands's Preludes (2007), and Thomas Oboe Lee's Piano Concerto (2007). A member of the Akademie für Mozartforschung, he was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2000.