Violinist Gary Levinson is the Senior Principal Associate Concertmaster of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and the Artistic Director of the Chamber Music Society of Fort Worth.
Chosen by Zubin Mehta to join the New York Philharmonic in 1987 at age 21, Mr. Levinson made his New York Philharmonic solo debut under the baton of Erich Leinsdorf in 1991, the same year he earned his Master of Music Degree at the Juilliard School. He has also toured at Mr. Mehta’s request as one of the concertmasters of the Israel Philharmonic.
His teachers included Henryk Szeryng, Dorothy DeLay, Masao Kawasaki, Glenn Dicterow and Felix Galimir.
2015 marks the release of an important CD, the Margaret Brouwer Violin Concerto with members of the Dallas Symphony and 2012 Musical America Conductor of the Year, Jaap van Zweden.
Born in St. Petersburg, Russia, Levinson began studying the violin at the age of five with Professor Sergeev at the Leningrad Special Music School. After immigrating to the United States in 1977, he won the top prize at the 1986 Romano Romanini International Violin Competition in Brescia, Italy, as well as becoming the top American Prize winner at the 1987 Jacques Thibaud International Violin Competition in Paris, France.
From 2001-2010, he was on the faculty of the Aspen Music Festival, where he led the American Academy of Conducting Orchestra at the request of David Zinman. Currently, he is the Senior Violin Professor of the Miami Summer Music Festival, in Miami, FL.
Mr. Levinson has collaborated with Yo-Yo Ma, Lynn Harrell, Eugenia Zukerman, Lukas Foss, Anne-Marie McDermott, Christopher O’Riley and Joseph Kalichstein.
In March 1998, Mr. Levinson was appointed as the first violinist of the Elysium String Quartet. Under his leadership they released three CDs collaborating with among others, Lucas Foss and Stanley Drucker.
He performed at the inaugural season of the Mykonos International Music Festival in August 1998 as well as a gala concert honoring the Elysium String Quartet at the United States Ambassador’s Residence in Athens, Greece.
Due out in the spring of 2015 is a chamber music disc of Grawemeyer Award-winning George Tsontakis featuring Knicknacks – a violin/viola duo with Emerson Quartet violist Laurence Dutton and a French Virtuoso works with Daredjan Kakouberi. Mr. Levinson’s 2007 chamber music cd titled, “My New York Years” was Editor’s Pick Classical CD for over a year on CD Baby. Bruce Hodges of Music Web International writes about the Martinu Madrigals: “Levinson reminds me somewhat of a young Gidon Kremer... Five stars for the “sensuous” performance of the CD.”
Mr. Levinson performs on an Antonio Stradivari violin, crafted in 1726. It is made available for his use by the Dallas Symphony Association.
Listen to Gary's performances here