Bruce Levingston in Concert
Monday, April 14, 2008: Zankel Hall at Carnegie HallPianist Bruce Levingston is one of today's leading figures in contemporary music. Many of the world's most important composers have written works for him and his Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center performances of their compositions have won notable critical praise. The New Yorker describes him as "elegant and engaging", "a poetic pianist who has a gift for inventive–and glamorous–programming" while The New York Times calls his performances "graceful", "sensuous" and "hauntingly serene." He has appeared as a soloist and chamber musician throughout the world and his recordings have received international acclaim.
In this performance, Mr. Levingston performed a program that explored the unique artistic relationships between four of the most prominent composers of our time and four of the greatest composers of the past. The concert included world premieres of works by Pulitzer Prize-winner Charles Wuorinen (inspired by Salman Rushdie) and 2007 Grawemeyer Award-winner Sebastian Currier (inspired by Scarlatti) along with the New York premiere of an evocative work by Germany's esteemed Wolfgang Rihm (inspired by Brahms). The program also included works of Brahms, Debussy, Liszt, Scarlatti, and Arvo Pärt.