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.”

BWV 988, part one

The Goldberg Variations were published in 1741 under the following title: Clavierübung consisting of an Aria with Diverse Variations for the Harpsichord with Two Manuals Composed for Music Lovers, to Refresh their Spirits, by Johann Sebastian Bach: Royal Polish and Electoral Saxon Composer, Capellmeister, and Director Chori Musici in Leipzig.

BWV 988, part one

The Goldberg Variations were published in 1741 under the following title: Clavierübung consisting of an Aria with Diverse Variations for the Harpsichord with Two Manuals Composed for Music Lovers, to Refresh their Spirits, by Johann Sebastian Bach: Royal Polish and Electoral Saxon Composer, Capellmeister, and Director Chori Musici in Leipzig.

Chopin in Longview

My trip to Longview, Texas, to perform a concerto with orchestra began inauspiciously. I haven’t admitted this to anyone (yet), but I showed up at the wrong airport.

Chopin in Longview

My trip to Longview, Texas, to perform a concerto with orchestra began inauspiciously. I haven’t admitted this to anyone (yet), but I showed up at the wrong airport.

In Iceland

Last week it was the streets of Reykjavik, Iceland. I was there for a Mozart’s-birthday concert.

In Iceland

Last week it was the streets of Reykjavik, Iceland. I was there for a Mozart’s-birthday concert.

W.A. Mozart’s Rondo for Piano, KV 511

The opening melody ascends chromatically in A minor, soon falling to two-note slurs reminiscent of raindrops on a tea-house roof.

W.A. Mozart’s Rondo for Piano, KV 511

The opening melody ascends chromatically in A minor, soon falling to two-note slurs reminiscent of raindrops on a tea-house roof.

Conversations in Music

I’m sitting here today with two of the 19th century’s musical giants, Ludwig van Beethoven and Robert Schumann.

Conversations in Music

I’m sitting here today with two of the 19th century’s musical giants, Ludwig van Beethoven and Robert Schumann.

Diary of a Disquieted Pianist

On June 6, I gave a piano recital in New York…

Diary of a Disquieted Pianist

On June 6, I gave a piano recital in New York…

Seven Poems on Music

“close your eyes to see colors
the hush of quiet space”

Seven Poems on Music

“close your eyes to see colors
the hush of quiet space”

The Orchestra of the S.E.M. Ensemble at Willow Place Auditorium

Willow Place is a tiny street I almost missed.

The Orchestra of the S.E.M. Ensemble at Willow Place Auditorium

Willow Place is a tiny street I almost missed.

Notebook from Turkey

“Hakan so true
in a woolen cap”

Notebook from Turkey

“Hakan so true
in a woolen cap”

Diary Entries

Emily Howard came over to rehearse my songs for the New Collective Series.

Diary Entries

Emily Howard came over to rehearse my songs for the New Collective Series.