Max Levinson

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General Info


Chair of Piano

I am honored to serve as Chair of the Piano Department at Boston Conservatory. My teaching goal is to help each individual student become their own, unique artist, with their own voice-I help them to become the best version of themselves.

Max Levinson, Chair of Piano, has been on the faculty at the Boston Conservatory since 2001. He teaches piano, chamber music, piano literature, and the Piano Performance Seminar.

As a pianist, Levinson is known as an intelligent and sensitive artist with a fearless technique. Levinson's international career was launched when he won First Prize at the Dublin International Piano Competition (1997), the first American to achieve this distinction. He is also recipient of the Avery Fisher Career Grant (1999) and the Andrew Wolf Award (2005).  He has performed as soloist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, St. Louis Symphony, Detroit Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Oregon Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, Colorado Symphony, New World Symphony, Utah Symphony, Boston Pops, San Antonio Symphony, Louisville Symphony, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, and National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, and in recital at New York’s Alice Tully Hall, Washington DC’s Kennedy Center, London’s Wigmore Hall, Zürich’s Tonhalle, the Musee d’Orsay in Paris, Jordan Hall in Boston, and throughout the US, Canada, and Europe.  An active chamber musician, Levinson has performed with the Tokyo, Vermeer, Mendelssohn, Borromeo, Parker, and Muir Quartets, and appears at major music festivals including Santa Fe, Marlboro, Mostly Mozart, Bravo/Vail, La Jolla, Seattle and Cartagena.  His recordings have earned wide acclaim, including his most recent recording with violinist Stefan Jackiw of the Three Brahms Sonatas (Sony).  He is frequently invited to serve on competition juries, including the Dublin International Piano Competition jury (2015), and has given masterclasses throughout the US, in Europe, and Japan.

Levinson is a graduate of Harvard and the New England Conservatory, where he received the Artist Diploma and the Gunther Schuller Medal.  His teachers include Patricia Zander, Aube Tzerko and Bruce Sutherland.  He lives in Newton, Massachusetts with his wife, cellist Allison

Professional Awards and Recognition:

  • Andrew Wolf Award (2005)
  • Avery Fisher Career Grant (1999)
  • Steinway Artist (1999)
  • First Prize (Dublin International Piano Competition, 1997)

Recent Engagements:

  • Dublin International Piano Competition (2015)—Jury Member
  • San Juan Chamber Music Festival (2003-2006)—Artistic Director, Pianist
  • Library of Congress and Sirius-XM Recital with violinist Anne Akiko Meyers (2015)—Pianist
  • World premiere of music by Meltzer and Jalbert (Boston Chamber Music, 2015-16)—Pianist
  • Perugia, Montecito, and Chichibu Festivals (2015-16)—Faculty Member, Pianist

Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet (last four movements), Max Levinson, pianist