Bruce Levingston is one of today's leading figures in contemporary music. Many of the country's most important composers have written works for him and his Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center world premiere performances of their works have won notable critical acclaim. The New York Times calls him "one of today's most adventurous musicians" and describes his playing as "graceful, "dreamy" and "hauntingly serene"; The New Yorker describes him as "a poetic pianist who has a gift for inventive - and glamorous - programming."
Levingston's recordings have also received critical acclaim. The American Record Guide wrote, "Levingston is a pianist's pianist" and commended his "stunning and highly illuminating performances." Classics Today lauded his CD Portraits for its "transcendent virtuosity and huge arsenal of tone color." In a review of Levingston's most recent CD, Lucid Culture reported, "Pianist Bruce Levingston's new Still Sound is a gorgeously conceptual album...a knockout ...a quietly powerful reminder of why Levingston has become the go-to pianist for many of this era's most intriguing composers." Still Sound was named Record-of-the-Month by MusicWeb International which called his playing "sublime."
Levingston has appeared in concerts and music festivals throughout the world and his performances have been broadcast internationally on radio and television. Noted for his creative programming, Levingston has collaborated with some of the most gifted artists of our time, including painter Chuck Close, actor Ethan Hawke, authors Michael Cunningham, Nick McDonell and George Plimpton, composer Philip Glass, Colin and Eric Jacobsen and the Brooklyn Rider quartet, and choreographers Jorma Elo and Peter Quanz.
Levingston is founder of Premiere Commission, Inc., a non- profit foundation that has commissioned and premiered over fifty new works. On April 7, 2014, Levingston will appear in a solo concert at Carnegie Hall performing world premieres of works by Timo Andres and Mohammed Fairouz along with music of Bach, Debussy, Ligeti and Kurtag.
photo by Antonio Notarberadino