Adam Levin: 21st Century Spanish Guitar
Award-winning American guitarist (and Chicago native) ADAM LEVIN, acclaimed for his "enviable technique" and "high musicianship which shines like a beacon" by Classical Guitar magazine, presents a special recital celebrating his major artistic collaboration with 30 of the new century's 'Spanish Masters.' Levin's program will include the US premieres of six works dedicated to him by four generations of Spanish composers (works that will be included on his forthcoming album on the Naxos label, "21st Century Spanish Guitar, Volume 2"), plus the world premiere of "Caprichos No. 11: Abstractions of Granados" by the acclaimed Spanish composer Leonardo Balada.
ADAM LEVIN has been praised by renowned American guitarist Eliot Fisk as a "virtuoso guitarist and a true 21st century renaissance man with the élan, intelligence, charm, tenacity and conviction to change the world." Levin has performed extensively throughout the US and Europe and received numerous top prizes, including the Fulbright Scholarship, the Program for Cultural Cooperation Fellowship from Spain's Cultural Ministry, and the Kate Neal Kinley Memorial Fellowship to study and perform contemporary Spanish guitar repertoire in Madrid, Spain. From 2008-2011, Levin commissioned thirty solo guitar works from four generations of contemporary Spanish composers. In 2012, production began on a four volume encyclopedic recording project with Naxos and companion publication with Brotons y Mercadal Edicions Musicals, presenting these 30 Spanish works. Levin's first disc in the series, 21st Century Spanish Guitar, Volume 1, was released in May, 2013. Volume 2 will be recorded in November, 2014, and released in 2015. Levin's dedication to the expansion of guitar repertoire has also been recognized in major classical guitar publications, including a cover feature in Classical Guitar magazine and an essay by Levin published in Soundboard, the journal of the Guitar Foundation of America.
Adam Levin is also a member of Duo Sonidos, a professional chamber partnership with violinist William Knuth. The duo has commissioned several new scores and transcriptions for their distinctive combination and won 1st prize in the 2010 Luys Milan International Chamber Music Competition in Valencia, Spain. Levin has released four additional critically-acclaimed albums, including his 2009 debut, "In the Beginning"; the self-titled debut album "Duo Sonidos" (2010); "Music From Out of Time" (2010), featuring diverse contemporary guitar-based chamber music by contemporary Spanish composers; and "Fuego de la Luna" (2011), featuring guitar works by Cuban-Spanish composer Eduardo Morales-Caso.
Levin's 2013-2014 concert season included several major city solo and chamber music debuts in New York, Atlanta, Washington, DC, Baltimore, Philadelphia, Charlotte, and Detroit. His 2014-2015 season includes extensive concert tours in Spain and the United States, including solo, chamber performances, master classes, workshops, and more. Levin is a graduate of Northwestern University and New England Conservatory. His esteemed teachers included Eliot Fisk, Oscar Ghiglia, and Gabriel Estarellas. For more information, visit www.adamlevinguitar.com.
Adam Levin performs exclusively on Royal Classics Forte Strings.
This performance is co-sponsored by the Instituto Cervantes Chicago and the Chicago Latino Music Festival.
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