Bruce Levingston
Bruce Levingston

Bruce Levingston

About Bruce Levingston

Mississippi-born and -based pianist Bruce Levingston has specialized in contemporary music, having recorded for Philip Glass' Orange Mountain Music label and for the similarly oriented label Sono Luminus. He has been involved with performances of new works by several major composers. A native of Mississippi's Delta region, Levingston was born in Greenville in 1961 and grew up in nearby Cleveland. Winning a Rotary International Fellowship allowed Levingston to study at several American universities, at the Royal Conservatory of Toronto, and in Sion, Switzerland. He has performed at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and the United Nations in New York, the Library of Congress in Washington, the Royal Opera House in London, Italy's Teatro Reggio, the Teatro del Lago in Chile, and the Th??tre de Croissette in Cannes, France, as well as at various music festivals. His collaborators on new projects have included not only composers but also painters, dancers, writers, and choreographers, such as Glass, painter Chuck Close, actor Ethan Hawke, authors George Plimpton and Michael Cunningham, and dancers Alessandra Ferri and Herman Cornejo. On the faculty at the University of Mississippi, Levingston has given concerts all over that state, taught master classes in Mississippi schools, and has been vocal in support of human rights and education. He performed at the opening of the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum and collaborated on the commission and premiere of an oratorio, Repast, based on the life of the civil rights figure Booker Wright. Levingston made his recording debut in 2006 on Orange Mountain Music with Portraits, a recital of music by Glass, Ravel, Messiaen, and Satie, and many of his other albums, on Sono Luminus, have combined contemporary music with Romantic repertory works. In 2018 he issued Windows, featuring music by Robert Schumann, James Matheson, and David Bruce. Levingston is the author of Bright Fields, a biography of Mississippi artist Marie Hull. He received the Governor?s Award for Excellence in the Arts in 2006 and was inducted into the Mississippi Musicians Hall of Fame in 2017. The following year, Governor Phil Bryant proclaimed April 9 Bruce Levingston Day in the state of Mississippi. Levingston divides his time between Oxford, Mississippi, and New York. ~ James Manheim

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