Beth Levin

At three Beth Levin fell in love with her first piano, an old Lester upright in the basement. She would go down for hours and create a little world for herself. Made her debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra at age 12, and performed with them again at 16. (Her teacher was the great Chopin interpreter, Maryan Filar.) On her first day as a pupil of Rudolf Serkin at the Curtis Institute, she roamed the halls of practice rooms wondering how anyone could practice for six hours. Her best moments have been as soloist with orchestras in Boston, New York, Philadelphia and Seattle, touring in Music From Marlboro and with chamber groups she has founded, most recently the American Arts Trio. She writes: “I live with my family in Brooklyn. I very much wanted children and was eager for the challenge of balancing a musical life with a home life. One of my favorite tasks is to pop a lasagna into the oven while doing some intense practicing, thereby fulfilling two roles at once — mother and musician.”

Diary of a Pianist’s Day

The morning went quickly
starting with unidentified birds
hidden in the trees

Diary of a Pianist’s Day

The morning went quickly
starting with unidentified birds
hidden in the trees

Creating in the Moment:
A Q&A with Beth Levin

“A pianist’s work just begins at the opening of the concert. It can’t be wiped away and begun again. For a long time I preferred music to simply fly out to the atmosphere.”

Creating in the Moment:
A Q&A with Beth Levin

“A pianist’s work just begins at the opening of the concert. It can’t be wiped away and begun again. For a long time I preferred music to simply fly out to the atmosphere.”

A Look at Chopin’s Piano Sonata in B-flat minor, Op. 35

The music unfolds in a great arc of color, motion and sweep. One is reminded of an hallucination owing to the music’s lack of obvious form – as if no bar lines or structure existed. Arthur Rubinstein called it “wind howling around the gravestones.”

A Look at Chopin’s Piano Sonata in B-flat minor, Op. 35

The music unfolds in a great arc of color, motion and sweep. One is reminded of an hallucination owing to the music’s lack of obvious form – as if no bar lines or structure existed. Arthur Rubinstein called it “wind howling around the gravestones.”

Schumann’s Kreisleriana, Op. 16

Composed in 1838 and dedicated to his friend F. Chopin, Kreisleriana is a pianistic standout, worth perhaps two Carnavals.

Schumann’s Kreisleriana, Op. 16

Composed in 1838 and dedicated to his friend F. Chopin, Kreisleriana is a pianistic standout, worth perhaps two Carnavals.

A look at Schubert’s Sechs Moments Musicaux, Op. 94, D780

Our lilting introduction: a sweet opening in C major and in unison, as if arrived from nowhere.

A look at Schubert’s Sechs Moments Musicaux, Op. 94, D780

Our lilting introduction: a sweet opening in C major and in unison, as if arrived from nowhere.

Coffee! Now!

Coffee unites practice through rehearsal to performance. It promises lucidity. It delivers the imagination to unexplored regions.

Coffee! Now!

Coffee unites practice through rehearsal to performance. It promises lucidity. It delivers the imagination to unexplored regions.

Lachenmann / Nono / Schoenberg

The brilliant young group counter)induction performed a concert of Lachenmann, Nono and Schoenberg at the Italian Academy at Columbia University last night (March 4).

Lachenmann / Nono / Schoenberg

The brilliant young group counter)induction performed a concert of Lachenmann, Nono and Schoenberg at the Italian Academy at Columbia University last night (March 4).

Sublime Farewell: Beethoven’s Op. 111

Opening to the first page of the Henle edition of Sonata Op. 111. I realize how eager I am to get started, to crack the code and get inside.

Sublime Farewell: Beethoven’s Op. 111

Opening to the first page of the Henle edition of Sonata Op. 111. I realize how eager I am to get started, to crack the code and get inside.

Diabelli Days

Looking back on the Diabelli Variations after only five performances might seem premature.

Diabelli Days

Looking back on the Diabelli Variations after only five performances might seem premature.

Beauties

A cluster of small poems

Beauties

A cluster of small poems