ABOUT

Brooklyn-based pianist Beth Levin is celebrated as a bold interpreter of challenging works, from the Romantic canon to leading modernist composers. The New York Times praised her “fire and originality,” while The New Yorker called her playing “revelatory.” Fanfare described Levin’s artistry as “fierce in its power,” with “a huge range of colors."
Debuting as a child prodigy with the Philadelphia Orchestra at age twelve, Levin was subsequently taught and guided by legendary pianists such as Rudolf Serkin, Leonard Shure and Dorothy Taubman. Another of her teachers, Paul Badura-Skoda, praised Levin as “a pianist of rare qualities and the highest professional caliber.” Her deep well of experience allows an intuitive connection to the great pianistic traditions, to Bach, to Mozart, to Beethoven.
Critics hail the immediacy of her performances. “Levin plays with a rare percussive audacity, making notes and phrases that usually rush by in the background stand out in high relief,” writes Richard Brody in The New Yorker.
Biography

UPCOMING CONCERTS

Intimate Friends: Brahms and the Schumanns
Concerts on the Slope
Aug 25, 2019
3:00 pm
Bargemusic | Here and Now Labor Day Festival
Bargemusic
Aug 30, 2019
7:00 pm

REVIEWS

The final movement, with its glorious main theme, is given a superb performance. You’ll be smiling throughout.

Anthony Kirshaw
Audiophilia

From the first bars of the first movement, Moderato cantabile molto espressivo, we get an amazing sense of the piano “singing.”

Timothy Judd
The Listeners' Club

Cherny Concert & Artist Management Ltd. proudly presents a solo recital with Brooklyn-based virtuoso pianist Beth Levin on Saturday, January 26th at 2:30pm at the Bruno Walter Auditorium of New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center.

BWW News Desk
Broadway World
I guess it's really a love that has led to dedication over the years. In the beginning, it all felt like a game and as natural as breathing. And I hope I still imbue performances with those qualities.
Bright Circle
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Never Lose your sense of obsession or your humility. Question the music, and use every influence in nature, art and life to better yourself as a musician.
Interview with Oliver Fraenzke on the CD, "Inward Voice"
The New Listener

I know this sonata [Beethoven Sonata in A-flat Major, Op. 110] well and have never heard it more beautifully performed. It was the favorite sonata of my late husband, American composer Ernst Bacon, who played many of the Beethoven sonatas but, although a pianist, never composed a sonata of his own. My guess is that he felt Beethoven had said it all in this genre. In my opinion, there is nothing in music so profound and transcendent as Beethoven’s last three piano sonatas. And your performance of Op. 110 is deeply moving in every detail.

Ellen Bacon
Blog comment

There are still at least a few things in the world that help life to retain some quality of familiarity and civilized beauty. An excellent example is Beth Levin's 2017 performance of the Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor Op 37 arranged for piano and string orchestra by Vinzenz Lachner and performed by Die Deutsche Kammerakademie Neuss am Rhine, conducted by Christoph Schlüren.

First off, this is a really lovely and pleasing orchestral arrangement and performance. The recording quality was SUPERB!  I was frankly stunned when I heard pianist, Beth Levin began to play. She has exquisitely clear articulation and I cannot think of anyone who can better make piano sound with such fluidity.  Ms Levin is able to freely transition keyboard instrumental sound, ranging at will from percussive to lush sting qualities. I cannot think of any other performer who evokes for me through a spiritual sense of dynamics, the full range of piano as a keyboard or percussive chordophone. I loved this recording and for me, it started the best Monday I have had in a long time. Beethoven lives!

HerrDescartes
Youtube

OMG, that is some absolutely glorious playing, Ms. Levin-shaped, felt, heartbreakingly beautiful.I love it in this arrangement, as well. It sets off the intimacy of your playing so perfectly. Is it contemporary?Exquisite all around. Bookmarked for the ages!!!

Frank Feldman
Youtube