Pianist Max Levinson is known as an intelligent and sensitive artist with a fearless technique. Levinson's career was launched when he won First Prize at the Dublin International Piano Competition, the first American to achieve this distinction. He received overwhelming critical acclaim for his two solo recordings on N2K Encoded Music, and was awarded the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant. In 2005, he was given the Andrew Wolf Award for his chamber music playing. The Boston Globe proclaimed: "The questioning, conviction, and feeling in his playing invariably reminds us of the deep reasons why music is important to us, why we listen to it, why we care so much about it".
Max Levinson has performed as soloist with the San Francisco Symphony, St. Louis Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Detroit Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, New World Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, Colorado Symphony, Oregon Symphony, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Utah Symphony, Boston Pops, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, and National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland among others. Recital appearances include Washington Performing Arts Society’s "Kreeger String & Hayes Piano Series" at the Kennedy Center, Tonhalle Orchester Zurich’s "Competition Winner Series," Ravinia’s "Rising Stars," Lincoln Center’s "What Makes it Great" and the FleetBank Boston "Emerging Artists Series." He has also appeared at major music festivals including Mostly Mozart, Santa Fe, Marlboro, Tanglewood, La Jolla, Bravo/Vail, Seattle, Foulger, Killington, Vancouver, Montecito, Chichibu, Cartagena, and Davos.
Max Levinson is Chair of the Piano Department at Boston Conservatory, and is also on the faculty at the New England Conservatory and a former faculty member at Brown University. Max Levinson regularly serves as a member of competition juries. He is also Artistic Director of the San Juan Chamber Music Festival in Ouray, Colorado.
Born in the Netherlands and raised in Los Angeles, Max Levinson began studying piano at age five. His first teachers were Bruce Sutherland and Aube Tzerko, and as a child he also studied cello, composition and conducting. He attended Harvard University, graduating cum laude with a degree in English Literature, and later completed his graduate studies with Patricia Zander at the New England Conservatory of Music, receiving an Artist Diploma and the Gunther Schuller Medal, an award given to the school’s top graduate student.