Academic Board

Robert Levin


Pianist Robert Levin is Professor Emeritus at Harvard University Department of Music. His name has been heard throughout the United States, Europe, Australia, and Asia, in recital, as soloist, and in chamber concerts. He is renowned for his restoration of the Classical period practice of improvised embellishments and cadenzas; his Mozart and Beethoven performances have been hailed for their active mastery of the Classical musical language.

Robert Levin studied piano with Louis Martin and composition with Stefan Wolpe in New York. He worked with Nadia Boulanger in Fontainebleau and Paris while still in high school, afterwards attending Harvard. Upon graduation he was invited by Rudolf Serkin to head the theory department of the Curtis Institute of Music. After five years, he left Curtis Institute of Music to take up a professorship at the School of the Arts, SUNY Purchase, outside of New York City.

In 1979 he was Resident Director of the Conservatoire américain in Fontainebleau, France, at the request of Nadia Boulanger, and taught there from 1979 to 1983. From 1986 to 1993 he was professor of piano at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik in Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany. He was also the President of the International Johann Sebastian Bach Competition and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, he was Dwight P. Robinson, Jr. Professor of the Humanities at Harvard University until his retirement.