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Adam Levin

  • Artist/Teacher in Classical Guitar
  • Department of Music
  • Phone: 401.874.2431
  • Email: adamlevin@uri.edu
  • Mailing Address: Department of Music
    Fine Arts Center
    105 Upper College Road
    Kingston, RI 02881

Biography

Prelude – Obsession

Adam Levin has been praised by renowned American guitarist, Eliot Fisk, as a “virtuoso guitarist and a true 21st century renaissance man with the élan, intelligence, charm, tenacity and conviction to change the world.” Levin has performed across the United States at renowned venues such as Chicago’s Pick Staiger, Nichols, James Lumber Performing Arts and Mayne Stage concert halls, Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Museum of Fine Arts, and Jordan Hall, Spivey Hall in Atlanta, Le Poisson Rouge in New York City. In Europe, Levin has performed at the Palazzo Chigi Saracini in Italy, Berlin’s Universität für Musik und darstellende Künst, Barcelona’s Auditorio Axa, and in Madrid at the Fundación Juan March, Palacio de Godoy, BBVA Palacio del Marqués de Salamanca, and Sala Manuel de Falla. Levin has appeared on a variety of prestigious music series, including Madrid’s Sociedad Española de Guitarra, Conciertos en Palacios and Festival Clásicos en Verano, Valencia’s Amigos de la Guitarra, Boston GuitarFest, L’Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena, Italy, and Festival Pro Música e Cultura in St.Moritz, Switzerland.

In the 2014‐2015 season, Levin made solo appearances at the Cervantes Institute of Chicago, a western US tour to Pueblo, CO, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Lake Tahoe/Reno, Miami’s Acoustica/21, Florida Atlantic University, a return invitation to Naples, FL, and his debut with the Triangle Guitar Series in Chapel Hill, NC. Internationally, Levin returned to the Festival Clásicos en Verano in Madrid (where he presented several world premieres) and appeared at the International Guitar Festival of Lima, Peru.

The recipient of numerous top prizes, Adam Levin has been recognized by the Society of American Musicians, the Lake Forest Concerto Competition, Minnesota’s Schubert Competition, Boston GuitarFest, Concurso Internacional de les Corts para Jóvenes Intérpretes in Barcelona, Concurso Internazionale Di Gargnano, and Certamen Internacional Luys Milan de Guitarra in Valencia. For his promotion, interpretation and performance of Spanish music, he was nominated for the 2011 Trujamán Prize, in which only three guitarists worldwide are selected annually.

From 2008‐2011, Levin was honored as a Fulbright Scholar as well as grant awards from the Program for Cultural Cooperation Fellowship (promoting cultural understanding between Spain and the United States) and the Kate Neal Kinley Fellowship, to research contemporary Spanish guitar repertoire in Madrid, Spain. His three‐year residency resulted in a major collaboration with 30 Spanish composers spanning four generations, who each wrote works commissioned by and dedicated to Levin. In 2012, production began on a four volume encyclopedic recording project with Naxos. The first recording in the series, 21st Century Spanish Guitar, Volume 1, was released by Naxos in 2013 to rave reviews, garnering accolades from Classical Guitar Magazine, Soundboard, American Record Guide, and both Recording of the Month and Recording of the Year awards from MusicWeb International. 21st Century Spanish Guitar, Volume 2 is scheduled for release in spring, 2016; Levin will record Volume 3 of the series in fall, 2015 for a spring 2017 release.

Levin’s critically acclaimed discography also includes his debut album, In the Beginning [ALR, 2009], Music from Out of Time [La Communidad de Madrid, 2010] featuring world‐premiere solo and chamber works by contemporary Spanish composers; and Fuego de la Luna [Verso, 2011] showcasing the complete guitar works of Spanish‐Cuban composer Eduardo Morales‐Caso.

An avid chamber musician, Levin has performed with orchestra, string quartet, and various instrumental and vocal duo combinations. His primary chamber ensemble, Duo Sonidos, has been celebrated for bringing a fresh interpretation of chamber music to wide‐ranging audiences across the globe while expanding the repertoire for violin and guitar through new commissions. In 2010, Duo Sonidos was awarded first prize at the Luys Milán International Chamber Music Competition in Valencia, Spain. Their self‐titled debut recording in 2010 received rave reviews from Classical Guitar Magazine, Soundboard, American Record Guide, Fanfare, and included a US Choice award from BBC Music Magazine. In the 2014‐2015 season, Duo Sonidos toured throughout the US, appearing in Chicago, Miami, and Salt Lake City, among others.

As an ambassador of the guitar, Mr Levin is dedicated to sharing a comprehensive repertoire in underserved and unconventional spaces. He was director of the Concert for Golf Coast Aid for Hurricane Katrina victims, which raised $10,000. In 2007, he was awarded the Albert Schweitzer Fellowship to conduct 200 hours of innovative community work in Boston public schools, prisons, and rehabilitation centers. Demonstrating his long‐term commitment to music advocacy, Levin and acclaimed guitarists, Matthew Rohde and Scott Borg, launched a non‐profit organization called The Kithara Project (www.kitharaproject.org) in 2015, which is devoted to bringing the magic of the classical guitar to communities with otherwise limited access to live music and music education.

A native of Chicago’s North Shore, Adam holds bachelor’s degrees from Northwestern University in Music Performance, Psychology, and Pre‐Med. Under the tutelage of Eliot Fisk, Levin completed his master’s degree in guitar performance at New England Conservatory in Boston. His esteemed teachers have included Oscar Ghiglia, Gabriel Estarellas, Anne Waller, Mark Maxwell, and Paul Henry. Adam is the director of the annual Boston Young Guitarists’ Workshop (www.ygwboston.org), which will expand to weekends throughout the academic year culminating in the Boston Guitarfest. Levin is on the faculty at the University of Massachusetts at Boston and Middlesex College.

Adam Levin performs exclusively on Royal Classics strings.

Education

  • Master’s Degree in Guitar Performance, New England Conservatory
  • Bachelor of Music in Music Performance, Northwestern University

Personal website: http://www.adamlevinguitar.com

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