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December 1, 2012
Contact: Lee Streby
GUITARIST ADAM LEVIN AND DUO SONIDOS TO PERFORM AT ASSOCIATION OF PERFORMING ARTS PRESENTERS’ 2013 CONFERENCE IN NEW YORK
A440 Arts Group will present three FREE showcase performances at Greenwich House Music School in Greenwich Village on Sunday, January 13, at 7, 8 and 9 pm
NEW YORK, NY – Classical guitarist and Naxos recording artist Adam Levin and Duo Sonidos (featuring Adam Levin with violinist William Knuth) will perform during the 2013 conference of the Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP), January 11-15, 2013, in New York City. Representing the artists, A440 Arts Group will present three showcase performances at Greenwich House Music School (46 Barrow Street, Greenwich Village, New York, NY) on Sunday, January 13, 2013, at 7 pm, 8 pm, and 9 pm. Each performance will last approximately 45 minutes. Admission is free to conference delegates as well as the general public. No tickets required, but reservations are requested by contacting Lee Streby, Artist Manager, at (574) 440-2779 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Levin and Knuth will perform a diverse program of classical, Latin, and folk music for guitar solo and violin and guitar duo. Selections will include music by Astor Piazzolla, G.F. Handel, J.S. Bach, Eugène Ysaÿe, Augustín Barrios-Mangore, Joaquín Turina, Xavier Montsalvatge, and Robert Beaser, as well as new works commissioned and recorded by the artists by Israeli composer Jan Friedlin and Cuban-Spanish composer Eduardo Morales-Caso.
Classical guitarist 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’s debut album, In the Beginning, was praised as “absolutely thrilling…will dazzle and entertain at every possible opportunity” by Minor 7th Acoustic Guitar Magazine. Classical Guitar Magazine praised his performances, saying “his high musicianship shines like a beacon… there are inferences here and there to the stylized interpretations of the great Segovia…. high class in every respect.” Levin recently recorded the first CD of a planned four-volume series on the Naxos label, with the first volume expected to be released in spring 2013, documenting thirty new works commissioned by and dedicated to Adam Levin from four generations of living Spanish composers.
Duo Sonidos is a musical partnership formed by Adam Levin and American violinist William Knuth in 2008, dedicated to bringing fresh interpretations of fine chamber music to audiences around the world, and expanding the repertoire for violin and guitar duos through new commissions. Following the release of their debut album, Duo Sonidos, in 2010, the duo was awarded first prize at the Luys Milán International Chamber Music Competition in Valencia, Spain, followed by a national recital tour in 2011. The CD also garnered a US Choice Award from BBC Music Magazine in May, 2012. Music critic Julian Haylock wrote “how refreshing to encounter two gifted young American musicians… playing with a loose-limbed, easy virtuoso cool and beguiling tonal warmth that combines laid-back intuitiveness with classical sophistication… Stunning performances from Duo Sonidos.” The American Record Guide proclaimed “This is exquisite music-making… an exciting discovery, recommended to all lovers of great chamber music playing.”
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
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’s debut album, In the Beginning, was praised as “absolutely thrilling…will dazzle and entertain at every possible opportunity” by Minor 7th Acoustic Guitar Music Reviews.
Levin has embarked on expanding the guitar’s repertoire through collaborations with thirty renowned contemporary Spanish composers. His second album, Music from Out of Time featured world premiere recordings by contemporary Spanish composers Eduardo Morales-Caso, Leonardo Balada, Mario Gosalvez-Blanco, David Del Puerto, and José María Sánchez Verdú. His most recent solo recording on Verso Records, Fuego de la Luna, showcased the complete guitar works of Eduardo Morales-Caso. In September 2012, Levin began recording a four-volume solo CD series on the Naxos label and a companion publication with Brotons y Mercadal Edicions Musicals, presenting the thirty Spanish works commissioned while in residency in Spain from 2008-2011.
Levin has performed across the United States and Europe at renowned venues such as Chicago’s Pick Staiger and Mayne Stage concert halls, at the Palazzo Chigi Saracini in Italy, Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and Jordan Hall, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the Berlin Universität für Musik und darstellende Künst, the Barcelona Auditorio Axa, and in Madrid at the Palacio de Godoy, BBVA Palacio del Marqués de Salamanca, and Sala Manuel de Falla.
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. Levin has been guest artist on a variety of 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, and Festival Pro Música e Cultura in St. Moritz.
In 2005, as part of a fundraising effort for Hurricane Katrina victims, Levin directed the Concert for Gulf-Coast Aid, which raised $10,000 for hurricane relief. In 2007-2008, Levin was awarded an Albert Schweitzer Fellowship, encompassing 200 hours of innovative community work in Boston area schools, homeless shelters, rehabilitation centers, halfway houses, and prisons. In 2008, Levin was honored as a Fulbright Scholar in the field of music performance, researching contemporary Spanish guitar repertoire in Madrid. In collaboration with the Spanish and American embassies, Levin has continued outreach performances in Madrid at a number of bilingual school programs, introducing both American and Spanish classical guitar repertoire to students. In 2009, he was awarded the Program for Cultural Cooperation Fellowship, promoting cultural understanding between Spain and the United States. In May 2010, Levin was awarded the Kate Neal Kinley Fellowship, continuing his research and performance of contemporary Spanish music in Madrid.
A native of Chicago’s North Shore, Levin holds BM and BA degrees from Northwestern University in Music Performance, Psychology, and Pre-Med. Under the tutelage of Eliot Fisk, Levin completed a MM at New England Conservatory in Boston. His esteemed teachers have included Oscar Ghiglia, Gabriel Estarellas, Anne Waller, Mark Maxwell, and Paul Henry. Levin was professor of guitar at Amadeus Escuela de Música in Madrid, Spain and is currently the co-director of the music program, Boston Guitar Immersion, which offers comprehensive guitar instruction to independent schools.
William Knuth, violinist, has earned recognition for his artistry as a solo and chamber musician and has been praised by American Record Guide for his “perfect intonation, wide range of timbre…expressive phrasing, and great sensitivity.” Mr. Knuth spent two years as a US Fulbright grantee to Vienna, Austria studying at the Vienna Universitat fur Musik und darstellende Kunst. He was a featured performer multiple times for members of the United Nations Council as well as foreign ambassadors from Russia, Spain, Germany, and Austria.
In addition to his international touring as a member of Duo Sonidos with Adam Levin, William has participated in various international festivals and academies including the Internationale Sommer Akademie Prague-Vienna- Budapest, the IMPULS New Music Ensemble Akademie with the Vienna Klangforum Orchestra, and the Juilliard International Akademie at the Hochschule fur Musik in Leipzig, Germany. Mr. Knuth has traveled and performed in central Europe at notable venues such as the Bösendorfer Hall and Antonio Vivaldi Hall in Vienna, the Mendelssohn House in Leipzig, Germany, the Instituto Internacional of Madrid, and the Berliner Ensemble in Berlin. Recent concerts in the US have included performances in New York’s Carnegie Hall, Columbia University’s Miller Theater, Boston’s Jordan Hall, Boston Symphony Hall, Harvard Sanders Theater, Boston WGBH Radio, Chicago WFMT Radio, NPR Radio, Mayne Stage Chicago, guest solo appearances with the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra, the Boston International Guitarfest, and ensemble work with Discovery Ensemble (Associate Concertmaster), Signal Ensemble. Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, The Harvard Group for New Music, June in Buffalo festival, and the Ojai Festival.
William holds a MM degree at the New England Conservatory of Music where he studied with Nicholas Kitchen of the Borromeo Quartet, a Fulbright certificate for work with Ernst Kovacic at the Vienna University of Music and Performing Arts, and a BM in violin with a minor in German from the Eastman School of Music and the University of Rochester where he was a student of Lynn Blakeslee and the Ying Quartet. William completed his preparatory studies under the tutelage of James Krehbiel in Syracuse, NY.