Robert Levin

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International Chair of the Centre for Creative Performance & Classical Improvisation
Robert Levin, staff at Guildhall School of Music & Drama


Robert Levin has performed through­­out the world, appearing with major orchestras on the Steinway and with leading period instrument orchestras on early pianos. Renowned for his impro­vised cadenzas in Classical period repertoire, Robert Levin has made recordings of a wide range of repertoire for numerous labels, including Bach’s complete keyboard concertos, the six English Suites and both books of the Well-Tempered Clavier (Hänssler Edition Bachakademie); a Mozart concerto cycle with Chris­topher Hogwood and the Academy of An­cient Music for Decca/Oiseau Lyre; the Beethoven concertos with Sir John Eliot Gardiner and the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Roman­tique for DG Archiv; the complete piano music of Dutilleux for ECM; Bernard Rands’ Preludes and Impromptu for Bridge; and the complete Beethoven sonatas and variations for fortepiano and ’cello with Steven Isserlis for Hyperion.  Recent releases include the six Bach Partitas (Grand Prix International du Disque) the complete Schubert piano trios with Noah Bendix-Balgley and Peter Wiley (Le Palais des Dégustateurs), and the complete Mozart sonatas on Mozart’s Walter piano (ECM).

A passionate advocate of new music, Robert Levin has commissioned and premiered numerous of works.  He has long partnership with violist Kim Kashkashian and appears frequently with his wife, pianist Ya-Fei Chuang, in duo recitals and with orchestra, and with cellist Steven Isserlis. A noted Mozart scholar, Mr. Levin’s completions of Mozart’s Requiem, C-minor Mass, and other unfinished works have been recorded and performed throughout the world. He is President of the International Johann Sebastian Bach Competition (Leipzig, Germany) and was awarded the Bach Medal of the City of Leipzig in 2018.  From 1993 to 2013 he was Dwight P. Robinson, Jr. Professor of the Humanities at Harvard Uni­versity and is presently Visiting Professor at The Juilliard School and International Chair of the Centre for Creative Performance & Classical Improvisation at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London.