Tuesday, April 7, 2020
Colin Davin- Guitar
Emily Levin - Harp
Hailed as “the real thing, a player with a virtuoso’s technique, a deeply expressive musicianship, and a probing imagination” (American Record Guide) and for his “precision, musical intelligence and passion” (Cleveland Classical), guitarist Colin Davin has emerged as one of today’s most dynamic young artists. Highlights of the 2016-17 season include concertos with the Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra, Elmhurst Symphony, and Orchard Park Symphony; collaborations with Sharon Isbin at the Aspen Music Festival and the Cavani Quartet at the Cleveland Institute of Music; and solo recitals in Dubai, Kabul, and across the United States.
Davin appeared as a featured musical guest on the Late Show with David Letterman alongside soprano Jessye Norman. He has performed at venues across the world, including Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, the Metropolitan Museum of Art (on historic instruments from the museum's collection), New York Philharmonic Ensembles, the ELLNORA Festival at the University of Illinois, the Alhambra Palace in Granada, Spain, the Paris Conservatoire, and venues throughout the United States. His collaborators include GRAMMY Award winning sopranos Estelí Gomez and Dawn Upshaw, conductor and pianist Philippe Entremont, and Pulitzer Prize winning composer Caroline Shaw. From 2012-2015, he taught and performed at the Aspen Music Festival as the teaching assistant to Sharon Isbin, and has four times been a guest teacher at the Afghanistan National Institute of Music in Kabul, Afghanistan.
Colin Davin holds a Master of Music from the Juilliard School, where he studied with Sharon Isbin; a Bachelor of Music from the University of Southern California with William Kanengiser; and preparatory studies at the Cleveland Institute of Music with Jason Vieaux. He holds numerous top prizes in international competitions, including the Guitar Foundation of American International Solo Competition. He currently serves on the conservatory faculty at the Cleveland Institute of Music.
Emily Levin is the Principal Harpist of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and Bronze Medal Winner of the 9th USA International Harp Competition. Praised for her “technical wizardry and artistic intuition,” (Herald Times), Levin has performed at Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern in Germany, the World Harp Congress in Ireland and the Netherlands, and with the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra. Performances closer to home include the Colorado Symphony, the Louisiana Philharmonic at the 2015 American Harp Society Conference, the Colorado Chamber Players, and the Aspen Music Festival as the harp concerto competition winner. She has been a Harp Fellow at both the Aspen Music Festival and the Tanglewood Music Center, and a Guest Artist of the USA International Harp Competition concert series.
A passionate performer of new music, Emily is a core member of the New York-based Ensemble Échappé, and has worked with numerous composers, including Steven Stucky, John Harbison, Charles Wuorinen, and David Dzubay. In 2012 she received a Recognition Award by the Indiana University Composition Department for her collaboration and performance of new music, and recently co-curated a collaboration concert series between the Juilliard harp and composition departments.
Prior to her post in Dallas, Emily was a C.V. Starr doctoral fellow at The Juilliard School, where she received her Masters in 2015, studying with Nancy Allen. She completed her undergraduate with highest distinction in 2013 from Indiana University, where she studied with Susann McDonald. A self-described bookworm, Emily received degrees in both Music and History at IU, where her honors history thesis discussed the impact of war songs on the French Revolution.