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Michael Lewin Michael Lewin

Soloist, Piano

The distinguished American pianist Michael Lewin has concertized in 30 countries. 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, Holland’s Muziekcentrum, Moscow’s Great Hall, the Athens Megaron, London’s Wigmore Hall, Bargemusic, the National Gallery of Art, Spoleto Festival and PBS Television. His extensive repertoire includes over 40 piano concertos, with particular interest in the music of Beethoven, Brahms, Chopin, Liszt, Debussy and American composers. 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. Visit for more information.

Michael Lewin
"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


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