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Bruce Levingston

Bruce Levingston is one of today’s leading figures in contemporary music. Many of the country's most important composers have written works for him and his Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center world premiere performances of their works have won notable critical acclaim. The New York Times calls him "one of today's most adventurous musicians" and describes his playing as "graceful, "dreamy" and "hauntingly serene"; The New Yorker describes him as "a poetic pianist who has a gift for inventive -and glamorous- programming." Following his performance at The Library of Congress, The Washington Post praised his "wonderfully even touch” and "transparency and timeless reverie, which Levingston projected beautifully."

Levingston’s recordings have also received critical acclaim. The American Record Guide proclaimed, "Levingston is a pianist's pianist" and commended his "stunning and highly illuminating performances." Classics Today lauded his CD Portraits for its "transcendent virtuosity and huge arsenal of tone color." New York City's classical station WQXR named Levingston's CD Heart Shadow "Album of the Week"; The Cleveland Plain Dealer called his account of Schumann's Kreisleriana "vivid and richly expressive, a notable reading" and his world premiere recording of works by Bielawa and Wuorinen "a gripping, dynamic performance". In a review of Levingston's most recent CD, Lucid Culture reported, "Pianist Bruce Levingston's new Still Sound is a gorgeously conceptual album...a knockout ...a quietly powerful reminder of why Levingston has become the go-to pianist for many of this era’s most intriguing composers." Still Sound was named Record-of-the-Month by MusicWeb International.

Levingston has appeared in concerts and music festivals throughout the world and his performances have been broadcast internationally on radio and television. Noted for his creative programming, Levingston has collaborated with some of the most gifted artists of our time, including painter Chuck Close, actor Ethan Hawke, authors Michael Cunningham, Nick McDonell and George Plimpton, composer Philip Glass, Colin and Eric Jacobsen and the Brooklyn Rider quartet, and choreographers Jorma Elo and Peter Quanz. Levingston first studied with his mother and later under Elizabeth Buday, Morey Ritt, Anton Kuerti and Herbert Stessin. He is founder of Premiere Commission, Inc., a non-profit foundation that has commissioned and premiered over fifty new works.



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