Panel: Community Outreach Initiatives
February 27, 2021
1:30 pm EST
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Praised for his “visceral and imaginative performances” by the Washington Post, top prize winning classical guitarist and recording artist Adam Levin has performed on four continents across the globe. Levin has performed extensively across the United States, Europe, Asia, and South America. In the 2018-19 season, Levin makes several solo, chamber, and orchestral appearances in Israel, Spain and the Faroe Islands, as well as across the United States. Adam Levin’s live performances have been featured nationally numerous times on NPR’s Performance Today, the nationally syndicated Classical Guitar Alive, and studio performances on top radio stations including WFMT Chicago and WCRB Boston.
In the 2019-2020 season, Levin toured across the US including appearances at Guitar Foundation of America, Philadelphia Classical Guitar Society, Old First Church in San Francisco, Boston Classical Guitar Society, Berklee College of Music, The National Gallery in Washington D.C, and Miami New Music Festival, among others. Additionally, Levin’s international touring included visits to the Faroe Islands, Mexico, Spain, Germany, France and a visit to Israel.
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. His critically acclaimed discography includes ten eclectic albums. Adam’s latest release (February 2019) was with his duo partner and violinist, William Knuth, called Wild Dance (Naxos Label). This is the first of three volumes of arrangements by guitarist/arranger, Gregg Nestor. Vol. 1 showcases works by Foss, Szymanowski, Gershwin, Ravel, Ponce, and Korngold. In 2020, Naxos will release Israeli music for mandolin and guitar.
An avid chamber musician, Levin has performed with orchestra, string quartet, and various instrumental and vocal duo combinations. His chamber ensemble, Duo Sonidos (www.duosonidos.com), 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. Adam is also a member of The Great Necks Guitar Trio (www.thegreatnecks.com) with guitarists, Matthew Rohde and Scott Borg. Together they are exploring previously unthinkable orchestral works on three guitars. And, finally, Adam’s newest musical partnership is with virtuoso Israeli mandolinist, Jacob Reuven, as Duo Mantar. Together, they are exploring original and arranged Israeli music. In October 2019, they recorded an album on the Naxos Label showcasing these works. They will be touring together in Spain and the US in 2020. The duo will tour the 2022 season with a major new double concerto by renowned Israeli-American composer, Avner Dorman.
As an ambassador of the guitar, Levin is a founding member of Kithara Project (www.kitharaproject.org), an organization whose mission it is to improve the lives of children and youth through the classical guitar. They currently run three year-round guitar education programs in Boston, Albuquerque, and Mexico City.
Levin is a professor of guitar at the University of Rhode Island and also teaches at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. Levin also serves as artistic director of the annual University of Rhode Island Guitar Festival (www.uriguitarfestival.org). Adam Levin is an Augustine Artist and performs on a guitar by luthier Stephan Connor.