The distinguished American pianist Michael Lewin has concertized in 30
His career was launched with top prizes in the Liszt International
Competition, the American Pianists Association Award and the Kapell
International Piano Competition, with support from the National Endowment
for the Arts and the Aaron Copland Foundation.
He has appeared as soloist with the Netherlands Philharmonic, Cairo Symphony,
China National Radio and Film Orchestra, Bucharest Philharmonic,Youth Orchestra
of the Americas, Thessaloniki State Symphony of Greece, Moscow Chamber
Orchestra, the Boston Pops, and the Phoenix, Indianapolis, Miami, North
Carolina, West Virginia, Nevada, New Orleans, Colorado, Guadalajara, and
Puerto Rico Symphonies.
Mr. Lewin has performed in New York’s Lincoln Center,
Boston’s Symphony Hall,
Taiwan’s National Concert Hall,
Hong Kong’s City Hall Theatre,
Moscow’s Great Hall,
the Athens Megaron,
London’s Wigmore Hall,
the National Gallery of Art,
Spoleto Festival and
His extensive repertoire includes over 40 piano concertos, with particular
interest in the music of Beethoven, Brahms, Chopin, Liszt, Debussy and
His highly-praised and wide-ranging recordings on Naxos and Centaur include
the complete piano music of Charles Tomlinson Griffes, Scarlatti Sonatas,
“Michael Lewin plays Liszt”, a Russian piano recital, piano music
of Louis Moreau Gottschalk and the Bolcom Violin Sonatas with Irina Muresanu.
He now records for Sono Luminus, who released the Grammy-nominated
“If I Were a Bird: A Piano Aviary”, and in 2013 will release
“Piano Phantoms” and an all-Debussy disc.
A Juilliard School graduate, Mr. Lewin is on the piano faculties of the
Boston Conservatory and Boston University.
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"Michael Lewin, an American pianist as dexterous and assured as he is
audacious, displays dazzling music-making. Lewin's playing positively brims
over with high spirits, glitter, panache and stylistic awareness."
— Bryce Morrison, Gramophone Magazine
"Lewin's dangerously difficult and extraordinarily musical program proved him
a great pianist. He plays intensely, in a fury of concentration and piano
mastery, infusing each work with a sense of drama and working audiences into
a frenzy. Be advised not to miss your next chance to hear him."
— Keith Powers, The Boston Herald
"A most sensitive and brooding performer, with a controlled, awesomely intense
style. He roared passionately yet precisely through the Chopin. His Prokofiev
wove a web of childhood dreams and nightmares."
— The Washington Post
On a performance of Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue with the
Miami Symphony under Eduardo Martuert:
"The virtuoso pianist confirmed his gifts with this stellar appearance. He
gave us a precise and solid interpretation of the famous work. Lewin’s
execution was truly impressive in its style and energy."
— Miami Herald
On a performance Gottschalk’s Grand Tarantelle with the North
Carolina Symphony; William Henry Curry, conductor:
"In Gottschalk’s toe-tapping Grande Tarantelle, Lewin quickly
established his mastery of crystal-clear articulation and confident precision,
reaching appropriate abandon in the energetic climax. accuracy and rhythm,
which is key in the playing of this difficult concerto."
— Classical North Carolina, Raleigh