Todd Levy

www.toddlevy.org Todd Levy is Principal Clarinet of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and of the Santa Fe Opera, as well as a participant in the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival. Todd Levy is on the clarinet faculty at the University of Wisconsin/Milwaukee. He made his debut at the age of seventeen performing the Hindemith Clarinet Concerto at Lincoln Center. Since then, some highlights of his solo career have included concerto appearances at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center's Mostly Mozart Festival and with the Israel Philharmonic in Tel-Aviv, performances of the Brahms F minor Sonata arranged for clarinet and orchestra by Luciano Berio with Maestro Berio conducting, the World Premiere of Peter Schickele's Concerto for Clarinet and Flute with the composer conducting, and the European premiere of John Harbison's Concerto for Clarinet and Oboe. In addition, Mr. Levy was a featured soloist in the Mozart Bicentennial at Lincoln Center where he performed the Mozart Clarinet Concerto at the Mostly Mozart Festival. In November of 1998, Mr. Levy performed Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue at the White House for President and Mrs. Bill Clinton. He has participated in two Grammy Award winning recordings - the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra CD entitled Shadow Dances - Stravinsky Miniatures in February 2001 and the RenŽe Fleming CD entitled Bel Canto in February 2003. In 1999, his recording of Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue with Michael Boriskin (piano) and the EOS Orchestra conducted by Jonathan Sheffer was given a Rosette in the Penguin Guide to Compact Discs. For a full discography, visit the recordings section of toddlevy.org.
Recent highlights are the launch of www.toddlevy.org, a new release of the Brahms Sonatas and Schumann Pieces with pianist Elena Abend on the AVIE label (see recordings section on this website), Concerto appearances with The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra (Copland Concerto in March of 2007), five concerts on the Chamber Music Milwaukee Series (faculty Chamber Series at UWM), chamber music appearances on the Frankly Music Series in Milwaukee, Principal Clarinet for the Tokyo Opera Nomori under Seiji Ozawa in Tokyo (March 2005), Principal Clarinet for the Tokyo Opera Nomori under Ricardo Muti (April 2006), Principal Clarinet for Seiji Ozawa's Saito Kinen Festival (September 2006) and Principal Clarinet with the New World Symphony in its first Alumni Reunion Concert with Michael Tilson Thomas conducting. This was also a celebration of MTT's 60th Birthday.
For five years, Mr. Levy was Principal Clarinet of the New World Symphony under conductor Michael Tilson Thomas. In January of 1996, Mr. Levy made his debut as guest Principal Clarinet with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra in all eight performances of Janacek's The Makropulos Case with soprano Jesse Norman. Until his appointment with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Mr. Levy appeared regularly with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and as Eb clarinetist on all of the Met Chamber Ensemble concerts at Carnegie Hall with James Levine conducting and playing the piano.
In addition to the Met, he has been guest Principal Clarinetist with the New York Philharmonic, the Cincinnati Symphony, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and the Orchestra of St. Lukes. A frequent soloist for the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company, Mr. Levy, at the request of choreographer Lar Lubovitch, performed the Mozart Clarinet Concerto in the U.S. Premiere of the Company's Concerto 622 at Carnegie Hall. Since then, he has collaborated with the company numerous times in performances of this work at New York's City Center and also with New York City Ballet Orchestra at the "Dancing For Life" AIDS benefit at Lincoln Center's New York State Theater.
An active chamber musician, Mr. Levy has collaborated with members of the Guarneri, Juilliard, Cleveland, Orion, and Ying quartets, the Beaux Arts Trio, Midori, Christoph Eschenbach, Richard Goode, Mitsuko Uchida, Carol Wincenc and Paula Robison. He was also clarinetist with the Naumburg Award-winning Aspen Wind Quintet from 1992-1997 and a participant at the Marlboro Music Festival for four summers. This season, Mr. Levy will appear with MSO concertmaster Frank Almond on his Frankly Music Series in January performing Stravinsky's L'Histoire du Soldat. He has recorded for Deutsche Grammophon, Decca, BMG and Telarc. Mr. Levy is a graduate of the Juilliard School where he studied with David Weber.
He performs exclusively on Henri SELMER Paris Signature Bb and A clarinets.