Tuesday, December 14, 2021
DAVIN - LEVIN DUO
Colin Davin, Guitar
Emily Levin, Harp
Etude no. 6 (arr. Davin)
Three Roses (arr. Davin-Levin)
Suite Bergamasque (arr. Levin)
Wanderlust (world premiere)
Manuel de Falla
Selections from El Amor Brujo
ABOUT THE MUSICIANS
Hailed as “the real thing, a player with a virtuoso’s technique, a deeply expressive musicianship, and a probing imagination” (American Record Guide) who “has the distinct ability to wring the depths of expressiveness from all that he plays” (Classical Guitar Magazine), and for his “precision, musical intelligence and passion” (Cleveland Classical), guitarist Colin Davin has emerged as one of today’s most dynamic artists.
Recent highlights include concertos with the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, Aiken Symphony Orchestra, New Mexico Philharmonic, Lake Placid Sinfonietta, and Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra; collaborations with Sharon Isbin at the 92nd Street Y, Chautauqua Institution, and Baltimore Classical Guitar Society; and performances with violinist Tessa Lark and cellist Edward Arron. In 2015, Colin appeared as a featured musical guest on the final season of The Late Show with David Letterman alongside the late Jessye Norman. He has performed at Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, the Metropolitan Museum of Art (on historic instruments from the museum's collection), the Alhambra Palace in Granada, the Paris Conservatoire, the Fridge Fringe in Dubai, and venues throughout the United States and Canada. His collaborators include GRAMMY Award winning soprano Estelí Gomez and Dallas Symphony Orchestra principal harpist Emily Levin. He has been a regular guest artist at the Aspen Music Festival, and has four times been a guest teacher at the Afghanistan National Institute of Music in Kabul, Afghanistan.
Colin Davin is co-head of the guitar department at the Cleveland Institute of Music. In demand for his insights in masterclasses and lectures, he has been invited to teach in a guest capacity at institutions including The Juilliard School, Peabody Institute, Oberlin Conservatory, University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and the Aspen Music Festival and School. He 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 underwent preparatory studies at the Cleveland Institute of Music with Jason Vieaux.
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 under-graduate 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.