Frank Lévy (Switzerland/USA)
Pianist Frank Lévy has been hailed by audiences and critics alike as an artist of rare poetic insight and communicative powers. A semi-finalist in the Leeds and Clara Haskil international piano competitions, Frank Lévy has an international career as a recitalist performing on many of the world’s great stages, including the Avery Fisher Hall and Carnegie Hall in New York City, Queen Elizabeth Hall in London, Gusman Hall in Miami, Royce Hall in Los Angeles, The Gardner Hall in Salt Lake City, Teatro Municipal in Santiago, Chile and the Stadthaussaal in Winterthur. He has performed under the batons of Louis Langrée, Mehli Mehta, Paul Dunkel, David Josefowitz, Libi Lebel, Cornelia Kodkani-Laemmli, Ya-Hui Wang, Martin Stüder and other conductors.
Mr. Lévy is recording the complete piano works of Schubert and Brahms for the Canadian label, Palexa. He is also collaborating on recording the complete works of Chopin for MusOpen. Frank Lévy’s recordings and live performances have been broadcast by WQXR in New York City, the BBC in London, the RSR in Switzerland, the CBC in Canada and the Shanghai TV in China.
Mr. Lévy’s recent appearances include solo recitals in Santiago (Chile), Rio De Janeiro (Brazil), Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Montreal, New York City, San Francisco, Miami, Houston, San Diego, Berkeley, Palo Alto and Stanford, and benefit concerts for the Russian Children’s Welfare Society and for Haiti.
Award-winning teacher, Frank Lévy has served on the piano faculty of the Juilliard School Pre-College Division for 13 years. He is currently on the faculty of the City University of New York Graduate Center and the International Keyboard Institute and Festival at Mannes College.
Frank Lévy has given numerous lectures, lecture-recitals and master classes at universities, conservatories and music festivals around the world. His recent lectures include “The Art of Practicing: From Concept to Sound,” “Schubert and the Suspension of Time,” “Musical Offerings for a Monument: Masterpieces by Beethoven, Liszt and Schumann,” “Practicing Piano Creatively” and “The School of Piano: Understanding the Interaction between the Piano Mechanism and the Human Body.”
Mr. Lévy is also known for his children and youth programs. In 2012, Mr. Lévy played a series of children’s concerts titled “Classical Music Greats for Children” for a packed audience at the Palo Alto Jewish Community Center. This fun series, filled with delightful anecdotes, explored the theme of childhood through the magical musical childhood memories of great composers.
Frank Lévy, who grew up in Switzerland, entered the Geneva Conservatory at the age of fifteen and earned the bachelor’s and master’s degrees studying with renowned pianist and pedagogue Louis Hiltbrand, and the doctorate in performance studying with Maria Tipo. After winning the Kiefer-Hablitzel Prize, Frank Lévy went to study with Leon Fleisher at the Peabody Conservatory, from where he received the Artist Diploma. He studied collaborative piano with Samuel Sanders and Margo Garrett in the Professional Studies Program at the Juilliard School, where he also worked with Emanuel Ax. Mr. Lévy also studied with Vlado Perlemuter in Paris, Dorothy Taubman in New York, Maria Curcio, Radu Lupu and Murray Perahia in London.
Frank Lévy lived in New York City for over 20 years. In 2011, the Lévy family moved to San Francisco. Since then Frank has performed as a soloist and chamber musician at numerous local venues, including the Old First Concerts in San Francisco, the Campbell Hall at Stanford, the Beethoven Center at San Jose State University and Palo Alto OFJCC, among others. For more information about Frank’s upcoming concerts, please visit his website www.franklevy.com.