The new principal harp of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and the Classical Recording Foundation’s 2017 Young Artist of the Year, Emily Levin has been praised for her “communicative, emotionally intense expression” (Jerusalem Post) and her “technical wizardry and artistic intuition” (Herald Times). She is a winner of Astral’s 2016 National Auditions, and the Bronze Medal winner of the 9th USA International Harp Competition. In the 2017-2018 season, Ms. Levin performs Mozart’s Flute and Harp Concerto with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra under Jaap van Zweden. She gives over 30 performances across North America, including appearances at National Sawdust, (Le) Poisson Rouge, the Lyric Chamber Society, and the Virginia Harp Center. She also tours for the release of her first album, Something Borrowed. As a soloist, she has appeared at Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and the World Harp Congress, and with the Louisiana Philharmonic and the Jerusalem and Colorado symphony orchestras, among others. She performs regularly with the New York Philharmonic, and has given recitals throughout the U.S. A top prizewinner at the International Harp Contest in Israel, she has also been a fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center and the Aspen Music Festival. Ms. Levin works extensively with both established and emerging composers. In 2012, the Indiana University Composition Department recognized her for her collaborations and performances of new music, and currently, she is commissioning a four-composer set of character pieces inspired by author Shel Silverstein. She is a core member of the New York-based new music group Ensemble Échappé. The recipient of an American Harp Society grant, Ms. Levin received a Master of Music degree in 2015 from The Juilliard School. She holds undergraduate degrees in both Music and History from Indiana University. Emily Levin is currently a faculty member of the Young Artist’s Harp Seminar.
“Harpist Emily Levin was a standout…[Levin]drew nuanced timbres and textures while making the mechanics of her instrument disappear.”
“Levin played from peak to peak, exhibiting technical wizardry and artistic intuition throughout.”
“Emily Levin sang…well and played beautifully throughout.”
—The New York Times
“…straightforwardly communicative, emotionally intense expression…”