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.”

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.

Early Rehearsal

Seven Poems

Early Rehearsal

Seven Poems

Late-Night Musings on a Late Sonata

Inside Beethoven’s sonata one manages a multifaceted, far-ranging and profound beauty of sound, emotion and idea.

Late-Night Musings on a Late Sonata

Inside Beethoven’s sonata one manages a multifaceted, far-ranging and profound beauty of sound, emotion and idea.

Ten Poems

Beth Levin has set two of her own poems, “Brooklyn” and “Sleeping Woman,” to music. They will be performed by mezzo Emily Howard at the Brooklyn Conservatory on September 12, 2004.

Ten Poems

Beth Levin has set two of her own poems, “Brooklyn” and “Sleeping Woman,” to music. They will be performed by mezzo Emily Howard at the Brooklyn Conservatory on September 12, 2004.

Notes of a Working Pianist

So, naturally, just as I’m a few chords short of entering Bellevue for observation, the telephone rings and a conductor speaks.

Notes of a Working Pianist

So, naturally, just as I’m a few chords short of entering Bellevue for observation, the telephone rings and a conductor speaks.

Balkan Snapshots

Beth recently spent three weeks in the former Yugoslavia performing and teaching piano under the sponsorship of the United States State Department…

Balkan Snapshots

Beth recently spent three weeks in the former Yugoslavia performing and teaching piano under the sponsorship of the United States State Department…

A Pianist’s Thoughts on Schumann: Symphonic Etudes, Op. 13

The opening chords seem to carry the weight of worldly sadness. A descending arpeggio in C-sharp minor supported by chords succeeds in resisting forward motion, giving the theme its somber beauty.

A Pianist’s Thoughts on Schumann: Symphonic Etudes, Op. 13

The opening chords seem to carry the weight of worldly sadness. A descending arpeggio in C-sharp minor supported by chords succeeds in resisting forward motion, giving the theme its somber beauty.