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Todd Levy, clarinet


The principal clarinet of the Milwaukee Symphony and the Santa Fe Opera Orchestra, Todd Levy has also performed with members of the Guarneri, Juilliard, Orion, and Miami string quartets; with Pinchas Zukerman, Christoph Eschenbach, and Mitsuko Uchida; as a soloist at Carnegie Hall, Mostly Mozart, and with the Israel Philharmonic; and as guest principal clarinet with the New York Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Metropolitan Opera, and Orpheus.

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Be sure to hear all of Todd Levy’s 2013 Festival performances listed below

Sunday, July 21, 6:00 PM at St. Francis Auditorium
Brahms – Piano Quartet

Monday, July 22, 6:00 PM at St. Francis Auditorium
Brahms – Piano Quartet

Thursday, July 25, 12:00 PM at St. Francis Auditorium
Beethoven & Shostakovich

Sunday, July 28, 6:00 PM at St. Francis Auditorium
Beethoven Septet & Brahms Trio

Monday, July 29, 6:00 PM at St. Francis Auditorium
Beethoven Septet & Brahms Trio

Sunday, August 4, 6:00 PM at St. Francis Auditorium
Mahler – Songs of a Wayfarer

Monday, August 5, 6:00 PM at St. Francis Auditorium
Mahler – Songs of a Wayfarer

Todd Levy is principal clarinet of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and the Santa Fe Opera, as well as a participant of the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival.  Todd Levy is on the clarinet faculty at the University of Wisconsin/Milwaukee.  He made his debut at the age of seventeen performing the Hindemith Clarinet Concerto at Lincoln Center.  Since then, some highlights of his solo career have included concerto appearances at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival and with the Israel Philharmonic in Tel Aviv.  In addition, Mr. Levy has collaborated with some of the latter 20th century’s most significant composers in performances of the Brahms F Minor Sonata arranged for clarinet and orchestra by Luciano Berio with Maestro Berio conducting, the world premiere of Peter Schickele’s Concerto for Clarinet and Flute with the composer conducting and the European premiere of John Harbison’s Concerto for Clarinet and Oboe.  He has also given world premiere performances of chamber music pieces by Joan Tower, Paquito D’Rivera and Morton Subotnick.  Mr. Levy can also be heard on the 2008 release of Marc Neikrug’s Through Roses chamber work for the Koch label, together with violinist Pinchas Zukerman, actor John Rubenstein and the composer conducting.  Mr. Levy also gave the world premiere of Marc Neikrug’s Clarinet Concerto in March of 2010 with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra.  A frequent soloist for the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company, Mr. Levy, at the request of choreographer Lar Lubovitch, performed the Mozart Clarinet Concerto in the U.S. premiere of the company’s Concerto 622 at Carnegie Hall.  Since then, he has collaborated with company numerous times in performances of this work at New York’s City Center and also with the New York City Ballet Orchestra at the Dancing for Life AIDS benefit at Lincoln Center’s New York State Theater.  In November of 1998, Mr. Levy performed Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue at the White House for President and Mrs. Bill Clinton.  He has participated in two Grammy Award-winning recordings – the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra CD entitled Shadow Dances – Stravinsky Miniatures in February 2001, and the Renee Fleming CD entitled Bel Canto in February 2003.  In 1999, his recording of Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue with Michael Boriskin (piano), and the EOS Orchestra conducted by Jonathan Sheffer was given a Rosette Award in the Penquin Guide to Compact Discs.

An active chamber musician, he has collaborated with members of the Guarneri, Juilliard, Cleveland, Orion, Mendelssohn, Ying and Miami Quartets, the Beaux Arts Trio, James Levine, Pinchas Zukerman, Marc Neikrug, Christoph Eschenbach, Richard Goode, Mitsuko Uchida, Carol Wincenc and Paula Robison.  He has been a participant at the Marlboro Music Festival for four summers, a member of the Naumburg Award-winning Aspen Wind Quintet and principal clarinetist of the New World Symphony under conductor Michael Tilson Thomas.  He has been guest principal clarinet with the New York Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Metropolitan Opera, the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the Cincinnati Symphony and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s.  Recent highlights include the 2010 Boosey and Hawkes publication of a new print edition and recording of the Bernstein Clarinet Sonata, which Mr. Levy recorded and co-edited, principal for the 2005, 2006 and 2008 seasons of the Tokyo Opera Nomorio under Seiji Ozawa and Ricardo Muti in Tokyo and principal clarinet with the 2006 Saito Kinen Festival Orchestra under Alan Gilbert.  His latest recording of the Brahms Clarinet Sonatas with UWM faculty member Elena Abend on the Avie label was just released.  In June of 2007, he recorded three book/CDs for a new project for the G. Schirmer Instrumental Library Collection published by Hal Leonard.  He has recorded for the Deutsche Grammophon, London/Decca, BMG and Telarc labels.  He performs exclusively on Vandoren reeds, mouthpieces and ligatures, and Selmer Signature clarinets.  Mr. Levy is a graduate of the Juilliard School where he studied with David Weber.