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 prize-winner 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, Xinghai Concert Hall in Guangzhou, China, the National Centre for the Performing Arts, China, 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. In 2014, Frank collaborated 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.
Frank Lévy is Professor of Piano at San Jose State University School of Music and Dance and the Co-Chair of the Young Pianist’s Beethoven Competition of the American Beethoven Society. Award-winning teacher, Frank Lévy served on the piano faculty of the Juilliard School Pre-College Division (1995-2008) and the City University of New York Graduate Center (2008-2014). In the summers of 2014, 2016 and 2017, Frank was Artist/Teacher at Semper Music Festival in Italy. Frank Lévy is regularly invited to teach and perform at the International Keyboard Institute and Festival in New York, Beijing International Music Festival and Academy in China, the Chopin Festival in Switzerland and the Dorothy Taubman Festival in New Jersey.
Mr. Lévy’s recent appearances include solo recitals in Santiago (Chile), Rio De Janeiro (Brazil), Beijing and Guangzhou (China), Kuala Lumpur, Geneva (Switzerland), Montreal, New York City, San Francisco, Ames, San Jose, Miami, Houston, San Diego, Berkeley, Palo Alto and Stanford. 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,” “From the Fortepiano to the Fazioli”, “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.” In 2014-15, Frank Lévy gave a series of concerts titled “Musical Journeys for Children and Families” for the Palo Alto Jewish Community Center.
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 Sunnyvale, California, and now includes three children. For more information about Frank’s upcoming concerts, please visit his website www.franklevy.com.