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Levin, Walter

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Berlin, 1924. Born in Berlin, he started his musical studies in Tel Aviv and at the Juilliard School of Music of New York with Ivan Galamian where he was distinguished with a special postgrade diploma on Chamber Music, created specifically for him. He was founder and first violin of the LaSalle Quartet that was named quartet in residence of the Colorado College. Later, Walter Levin was professor of violin and chamber music for thirty six years at the University of Cincinnati. Among his students are the Alban Berg, Prazak, Artis-Vienna and Voegler Quartets. He toured the world giving concerts with the La Salle Quartet and recorded an extensive discography for the Deutsche Grammophone label on an exclusive basis, winning the Deutsche Schallplatten price and the Grand Prix du Disque. The repertoire of the Quartet includes works written speciafically for them by Nono, Ligeti, Lutoslawski, Kagel and other composers. Since the last concert of the LaSalle Quartet in May 1987, Walter Levin has been working with young chamber music quartets in Festivals and giving courses throughout America and Europe. In 1991-92 he was made a member of the Wissenschaftskolleg in Berlin. Walter Levin has authored several publications such as Immigrant Musicians and the American Chamber Music Scene (1930), Verfemung der Atonalität-Gedanken eines Quartettspielers (1990) and has written articles for Musik Konzepte on Alan Berg's Lyric Suite, Adorno's Quartet op. 2 and The problematic relationship between Schönberg and Adorno. Walter Levin has participate in several TV productions such as Une leçon d'interpretation pour Quatour à Cordes de Walter Levin (1977) for Muzzik and Ma Vie-Mein Leben, an ARTE and ZDF coproduction released in 2002.

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