Being a musician in the 21st century is one of the greatest challenges possible, and even more so when you belong to a tradition that gives life to the exalting power of a melody or the clear transforming tone of masterpieces for which time does not exist. The beauty of this challenge is that it is not against anyone, but it is in relation to that which Music says we are or should be. In the name of Music, I therefore agreed to take it on.”
Critically acclaimed as ‘one of the leading pianists of our time’, Daniel Levy’s ability to build an intimate connection with the audience through the ‘passionate thoughtfulness’ of his playing led Fanfare Magazine’s Ian Lace, in his article ‘A Complete Musician’, to proclaim that ‘if the future of music is in the hands of musicians like Daniel Levy, then, personally, I do not think there is much to worry about.’
Without imposing his own affectations onto the listener, Levy enables his audience to establish a direct relationship with the music, transmitting the unique essence of each piece with playing of the utmost beauty, depth and sensitivity.
Throughout a successful career, Levy has performed in some of the most prestigious live venues in the world, including Royal Festival Hall (London), Teatro La Fenice (Venice), Teatro Colón (Buenos Aires), Conservatoire de Genève (Geneva) and Salle Gaveau (Paris), alongside a number of carefully selected artists who share his creative vision and dedication to the musical craft. Key collaborators have included Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, the Philharmonia Orchestra, the Prague Symphony Orchestra and the Berlin Philharmonic Quartet. He continues to inspire audiences and classical music aficionados throughout Europe and America with his series of Recitals, Concerts, Chamber Music, Concert Dialogues and Master-Classes.
Born in Buenos Aires, Daniel Levy studied under the renowned piano teachers Vincenzo Scaramuzza and Ana Gelber. Early career landmarks include winning the international piano competitions ‘Jeunesses Musicales’ and the ‘Mozarteum’. He was awarded a scholarship by the Rocca Foundation to study in Italy with Sergio Lorenzi and Maria Tipo, before embarking upon a highly successful concert career that has spanned four decades.
Daniel Levy has an extensive discography that transcends the traditional barriers of styles and genres, with recordings that range from Bach to Piazzolla’s original piano compositions. His recording of Brahms’ Piano Concerto No.1 has been described by Fanfare Magazine’s Bernard Jacobson as being one that ‘ranks with the very best’, while his rousing interpretation of Liszt’s transcription of Wagner’s Isolden Liebestod was acclaimed by Gramophone (UK) as being ‘an exceptional, thrilling experience, climax building on climax’.
His interpretation of the Schubert Sonatas are considered to be among the best versions, Bernard Jacobson declared that they take their ‘place alongside Brendel’s and Lupu’s in my Pantheon of treasured interpretations’.
Undoubtedly, Daniel Levy is recognised as one of the finest interpreters of Schumann in the world today. His series of stunning recordings have drawn high praise from international critics, applauding the ‘sheer grandeur’ that he brings to Schumann’s works (In Tune, Japan), and the remarkable level of virtuosity that led Gramophone magazine to exclaim ‘It would be hard to find a more beautiful version’ in their critique of Schumman’s Lieder, recorded with the Austrian baritone Wolfgang Holzmair.
Levy’s interpretation of Papillons and the Fantasie were declared to be ‘a vital addition to Schumann’s discography’ by Fanfare Magazine (USA).
He has recently been appointed to the post of artistic director of the Ascona Music Festival in Switzerland.