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ADAM LEVIN, GUITAR

Praised for his “visceral and imaginative performances” by the Washington Post, prize winning and Billboard top-charting classical guitarist and recording artist Adam Levin has performed on four continents across the globe.  Levin has performed extensively across the United States at renowned venues such as Chicago’s Pick Staiger, Nichols, and Mayne Stage concert halls as well as at the prestigious Art Institute of Chicago; Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts, and Jordan Hall; Spivey Hall in Atlanta; repeat appearances at Le Poisson Rouge in New York City; and the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. In Europe, Levin has performed in some of the finest venues across Spain, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Israel, China, Brazil, and Columbia.  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, WCRB Boston, and RIPR Rhode Island.

Prior to and during pandemic in the 2019-21 season, Levin toured across the US including appearances at Guitar Foundation of America, Austin Classical Guitar, 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, and Austin Chamber Music.  During the 2021-22 concert season Adam will tour his Israeli, Italian and Argentinean program with mandolinist Jacob Reuven (as Duo Mantar), as well as premiere works by Clarice Assad and João Luiz with violinist William Knuth (as Duo Sonidos), perform as soloist with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, and make solo appearances in Boston, Portland, Los Angeles, and, for the first time, in Hawaii. His guitar trio, The Great Necks, will perform an all-Spanish program in Virginia and Naples, FL and later in Albuquerque, NM.

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. In 2020, the Community of Valencia, Spain nominated Levin as the Ambassador of Music, to represent the culture and music of that region.

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 two recordings in the series, 21st Century Spanish Guitar, Volume 1 and Volume 2 have been released by Naxos to rave reviews from Classical Guitar Magazine, Soundboard, American Record Guide, and featured Recording of the Month and Recording of the Year awards from Music-Web International.  In November 2017, Naxos released Volume 3 of the series, with six world premieres of solo works dedicated to Levin, including pieces by three of Spain’s most renowned composers, Antón García Abril, Leonardo Balada, and Cristobal Halffter, plus three works by rising composers Eduardo Morales-Caso, Laura Vega, and José Luis Greco.    Volume four was released on the Frameworks Record Label in August 2021 with works by Morales-Caso, Brotons, Balada, Muñiz, and J.L Turina. It reached no.1 on the Billboard Traditional Classical Albums Chart.  Adam Levin as a member of the guitar trio, The Great Necks, released an album on the Frameworks label with original arrangements by Sibelius, Bach, Marquéz, Villa-Lobos, and Scriabin.  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. Both the trio and duo albums reached the top ten on the Traditional Classical Billboard Chart.

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], and Fuego de la Luna [Verso, 2011], the latter showcasing the complete guitar works of Spanish-Cuban composer Eduardo Morales-Caso, a composer whose music Levin has championed since the launch of his career.   

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. They will feature newly commissioned works by Brazilian composers Egberto Gismonti, Clarice Assad, and João Luiz in 2022. 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 (www.jacobreuven.com/duo-mantar). Together, they explore original and arranged Israeli music. Their album, Music from the Promised Land (Naxos, 2021) reached No.1 on the Billboard Traditional Classical Album Chart.  In 2022, they will premiere newly commissioned double concertos by Israeli composers Avner Dorman, Ziv Cojocaru, and Ittai Rosenbaum. They will also be performing world-premiere arrangements of Vivaldi and Piazzolla’s Seasons.  Duo Mantar and The Great Necks Guitar Trio will team up to perform Beethoven’s monumental Violin Concerto for mandolin and guitar trio, followed by a revolutionary and fresh arrangement of Beethoven’s Grosse Fuga for three guitars.

As an ambassador of the guitar, Mr Levin is dedicated to sharing the guitar in underserved and unconventional spaces.  He raised money for Hurricane Katrina victims and he was awarded the Albert Schweitzer Fellowship to conduct hundreds of hours of innovative community work in Boston public schools, prisons, and rehabilitation centers.  Demonstrating his long-term commitment to music advocacy, Levin founded Kithara Project (www.kitharaproject.org), a non-profit organization whose mission it is to improve the lives of children and youth through the classical guitar. They currently run four year-round community-based guitar education programs in Boston, Albuquerque, and Mexico City, enrolling approximately 130 students.

 

A native of Chicago’s North Shore, Adam holds bachelor’s degrees from Northwestern University in Music Performance, Psychology, and Pre-Med. Levin completed his master’s degree in guitar performance at New England Conservatory in Boston. His esteemed teachers have included Eliot Fisk, Oscar Ghiglia, Gabriel Estarellas, Anne Waller, Mark Maxwell, and Paul Henry. Adam is a director of Young Guitarists’ Workshop (www.ygwboston.org) at Boston Guitarfest.  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) and the newly created Rhode Island Guitar Guild (www.riguitarguild.org). Adam Levin is an Augustine Artist and performs on a guitar by luthier Stephan Connor and Dominique Field. 


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AWARDS

Trujamán Nomination for interpretation of Spanish Music
Spain, 2011

1st Prize: IX Luys Milan International Chamber Music Competition 
Spain, 2010

Prize Winner: XXXIV Concorso Internazionale Di Gargnano 
Italy, 2009

Prize Winner: in X Concurso Internacional de les Corts 
Spain, 2009

Prize Winner: Boston GuitarFest 
Boston, 2007

1st Prize: Schubert Guitar Competition 
St. Paul, 2005

1st Prize: Society of American Musicians Competition 
Chicago, 2000

DISTINCTIONS

1st Prize: Kate Neal Kinley Fellowship and Competition 
Spain, 2010- 2011

Fulbright Scholarship 
Spain, 2008-2010

Program for Cultural Cooperation Fellowship 
Spain, 2009

Diploma di Merito: L’Accademia Musicale Chigiana Siena,

Italy, 2005-2008

Albert Schweitzer Fellowship 
Boston, 2007–2008

 

 

Professor of Classical Guitar

University of Massachusetts - Boston 

 

Professor of Classical Guitar

University of Rhode Island 

Kithara Project Inc.

 

Co-Founder & Instructor

TEACHING
 
Eduardo Morales Caso
Antón García Abril
Leonardo Balada
Cristóbal Halffter
Carlos Cruz de Castro
David del Puerto
Octavio Vasquez
Laura Vega
Benet Casablancas
Eduardo Soutullo
Juan Manuel Ruiz
Luis de Pablo_edited
Mario Gosalves Blanco
Carlos Satue
Jordi Rossinyol
Savador Borotons
Carlos_Perón_Cano
Fernando Javier Carmona Arana_edited

SPANISH COMMISSIONS

Adam Levin has active professional relationships with the foremost Spanish composers of the last four generations. With the support of the Fulbright Scholarship, the Kate Neal Kinley Fellowship and the US and Spanish embassies, he has commissioned nearly 40 new virtuosic works for guitar, many of which are featured on his 4-volume encyclopedic catalogue of new Spanish works on the Frameworks and Naxos Labels.

COMMISSIONS                                                                COMPOSER          YEAR
RECEIVED

Viento de Primavera                                                        David del Puerto            2009

La Fragua de Vulcano                                             Eduardo Morales-Caso            2009

Volavérunt                                                            Eduardo Morales Caso            2010

El Jinete Azul                                                         Eduardo Morales-Caso            2010
 
Music from Out of Time                                          Mario Gosalvez-Blanco            2010

Tríptico y Habanera                                                     Carlos Perón Cano            2011

Nostos                                                                         Octavio Vasquez           2010                                                                                         
Caprichos No.8 Abstracciones de Albeniz                         Leonardo  Balada          2010

Secuencias Sefardí                                                  Carlos Cruz de Castro           2010

El aguijón de las sombras                                                      Carlos Satué           2008

Itinera Aetherea                                                                  Jordi Rossinyol           2013

El hombre que plantaba arboles                                                Laura Vega           2010

Estudie de Concert: D’embarbussament                                      Feliu Gasull           2009

Orión                                                                           Juan Manuel Ruiz           2012

Dos Canciones Sefarditas                                               Marisa Manchado          2010

Interiores                                                                                Jesús Torres          2010

Arboretom                                                                         José Luis Turina          2009

Sombras                                                                        Raquel Rodriguez          2009

Two New Suggestions                                                      Salvador Brotons          2011

Handeliana                                                                       Rocardo Llorca          2011

Preludio y Danza                                                                   Mario Carro          2012

Nakshatras                                                                  Gustavo Díaz-Jerez          2012

Tres Piezas para guitarra                                                Benet Casablancas          2011

Lineas                                                                             Vicente Roncero           2011

Elegía otoñal                                                              Marc Lopez Godoy           2009

El Pozo Amargo                                                         Agustin Castilla-Avila          2012

Five Flavors                                                                       Jose Luis Greco         2011                    
Sonata Vasca                                                                       Javier Jacinto         2011 

Turris Eburnea                                                                     Louis de Pablo          2013

Caprichos No.11: Abstractions of Granados                       Leonardo Balada           2014

Upon 21                                                                   Jacobo Durán-Loriga           2012

I've got you under my string                                               Eduardo Soutullo           2013

Espacio de guitarra                                                          Cristobal Halffter          2015

Trimountain                                                                  Antón García Abril           2015

Yemanja Sonata                                                      Eduardo Morales-Caso          2015

Caprichos no.12: Abstractions of "El Amor Brujo"                 Leonardo Balada           2015

Caprichos no.14: Abstractions of "Concierto de Aranjuez"      Leonardo Balada          2017

Portraits from the Heartland                                                      Jorge Muñiz           2015

Sonata Sefardí                                                                Salvador Brotons          2017

El arrecife de las Sirenas                               Fernando Javier Carmona Arana         2012