December 22, 2000

"The questioning, conviction and feeling in his playing invariably reminds us of the deep reasons why music is important to us, why we listen to it, why we care so much about it."

--The Boston Globe

Pianist Max Levinson to Perform Jan. 12

MIDDLEBURY, Vt.--The young American pianist Max Levinson will give a recital on Friday, Jan. 12 at 7:30 p.m. in the Concert Hall of the Center for the Arts at Middlebury College on South Main Street (Route 30). Levinson will play Robert Schumann's Fantasiestücke, and Ludwig van Beethoven's Diabelli Variations. The performance is free and open to the public.

Born in the Netherlands and raised in Los Angeles, Levinson began his piano studies at the age of five. He graduated from Harvard University cum laude with a degree in English literature, and did graduate study at the New England Conservatory where he received an Artist Diploma and won the Gunther Schuller Medal, the conservatory's award for its top graduate student.

Levinson has performed as a soloist with an impressive array of orchestras both in this country and abroad, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the New World Symphony, the Boston Pops, the San Antonio Symphony, and the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland. He has appeared in recitals in such prestigious series as the Washington Performing Arts Society's "Kreeger String and Hayes Piano Series" at the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center's "What Makes it Great?," and the Fleet Bank of Boston's "Emerging Artists Series."

Levinson's debut recitals in 1998 at Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall and London's Wigmore Hall as the Guardian Competition winner won critical acclaim and received standing ovations. Of the New York recital, The New York Times declared that Levinson's "quietly eloquent conceptions, formidable technique and lovely touch left little else to be desired." Of his recordings, the BBC Music Magazine exclaimed, "Max Levinson is a master in the making. This young American offers playing of supreme sensitivity and intelligence, beauty of tone and fantasy."

The Jan. 12 concert is the fourth in the Brainerd Commons Presents! Series, which is organized by Paul Nelson, co-faculty head of Brainerd Commons and director of the Middlebury College Concert Series. Brainerd Commons is part of the Middlebury College commons system, which divides the campus into five groups of residence halls. The series receives generous support from the Christian A. Johnson Foundation.

For more information, Jennifer Nelson, co-faculty head of Brainerd Commons, at 802-443-3321.