Beth Levin is an acclaimed recitalist, concerto soloist, chamber musician and recording artist. Her artistry is well-known for invoking a freshness, as though she and a listener were experiencing long familiar works as though for the first time. Perhaps this can be traced back to Levin’s artistic lineage: She made her debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra at age 12. She was subsequently taught and guided by legendary pianists Rudolf Serkin, Leonard Shure, Dorothy Taubman, Maryan Filar and Paul Badura-Skoda who praised her as “a pianist of rare qualities and the highest professional caliber“. Levin’s deep well of experience allows her to reach back through the golden age of the Romantic composers and connect to the sources of the great pianistic traditions, to Bach, to Mozart, to Beethoven.
Levin has appeared as a concerto soloist with numerous symphony orchestras in addition to the Philadelphia Orchestra, including the Boston Pops Orchestra, the Boston Civic Symphony and the Seattle Symphony Orchestra. She has worked 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 which she has toured extensively, and she is also a founding member of Vista Lirica.
Among Levin’s recordings are live performances of Bach’s Goldberg Variations, (Centaur Records, 2008) and Beethoven’s Diabelli Vari- ations (Centaur Records, 2011). Her interpretation of the Diabelli Variations has been described as “consistently fascinating” (Steve Smith, NY Times) and simply “stunning” (Robert Levine, Stereophile Magazine). Of Levin’s Goldberg Variations, Peter Burwasser of Fanfare Magazine stated that she plays “as if she is in love with the notes….with always the sense that she is exploring Bach’s genius.” Her performances have been broadcast on National Public Radio, WGBH (Boston), WFMT (Chicago) and WNYC, WNYE and WQXR (New York).
Her most recent recordings, 2016, are “Personae” for Parma records of Schumann, Chopin and Elisson and “Inward Voice” for Aldila recordings in works of Schumann, Schubert and Eliasson.
For all her devotion to the Romantic canon, Levin remains committed to the performance of the music of our time, interpreting composers such as Henryk Gorecki, Scott Wheeler, David Golightly, Mohammed Farouz and Michael Rose, among many others. Her closest collaborators have been the composers David Del Tredici and Andrew Rudin, both of whom have written works for her.