The conference artist was Frank Lévy, Professor of Piano at San Jose State University School of Music and Dance in California. Mr. Levy (franklevy.com) is an international recitalist, active chamber musician, and recording artist. Composer Kevin Olson (FJH Music) served as our clinician.
-Linda Benson, IMTA President Elect
-Rachel McCoy, IMTA 2019 Conference Chair
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Pianist Frank Lévy has been hailed by audiences and critics alike as an artist of rare poetic insight and communicative powers. A prize-winner in the Leeds and Clara Haskil international piano competitions, Frank Lévy has an international career as a recitalist performing on many of the world’s great stages, including the Avery Fisher Hall and Carnegie Hall in New York City, Queen Elizabeth Hall in London, Gusman Hall in Miami, Royce Hall in Los Angeles, The Gardner Hall in Salt Lake City, Teatro Municipal in Santiago, Chile, Xinghai Concert Hall in Guangzhou, China, the National Centre for the Performing Arts, China, and the Stadthaussaal in Winterthur. He has performed under the batons of Louis Langrée, Mehli Mehta, Paul Dunkel, David Josefowitz, Libi Lebel, Cornelia Kodkani-Laemmli, Ya-Hui Wang, Martin Stüder and other conductors.
Mr. Lévy is recording the complete piano works of Schubert and Brahms for the Canadian label, Palexa. In 2018, Frank Lévy recorded the complete Brahms Sonatas for piano and violin with violinist Bin Huang. In 2014, Frank collaborated on recording the complete works of Chopin for MusOpen. Frank Lévy’s recordings and live performances have been broadcast by WQXR in New York City, the BBC in London, the RSR in Switzerland, the CBC in Canada and the Shanghai TV in China.
Frank Lévy is Professor of Piano at San Jose State University School of Music and Dance and the Co-Chair of the Young Pianist’s Beethoven Competition of the American Beethoven Society. Award-winning teacher, Frank Lévy served on the piano faculty of the Juilliard School Pre-College Division (1995-2008) and the City University of New York Graduate Center (2008-2014). In the summers of 2014, 2016 and 2017, Frank was Artist/Teacher at Semper Music Festival in Italy. Frank Lévy is regularly invited to teach and perform at the International Keyboard Institute and Festival in New York, Beijing International Music Festival and Academy in China, the White Nights International Piano Festival in St.Petersburg, Russia, the Chopin Festival in Switzerland and the Dorothy Taubman Festival in New Jersey.
Mr. Lévy’s recent appearances include solo recitals in Santiago (Chile), Rio De Janeiro (Brazil), Beijing and Guangzhou (China), St. Petersburg, Russia, Kuala Lumpur, Geneva (Switzerland), Montreal, New York City, San Francisco, Ames, San Jose, Miami, Houston, San Diego, Berkeley, Palo Alto and Stanford. Frank Lévy has given numerous lectures, lecture-recitals and master classes at universities, conservatories and music festivals around the world. His recent lectures include “The Art of Practicing: From Concept to Sound,” “From the Fortepiano to the Fazioli”, “Schubert and the Suspension of Time,” “Musical Offerings for a Monument: Masterpieces by Beethoven, Liszt and Schumann,” “Practicing Piano Creatively” and “The School of Piano: Understanding the Interaction between the Piano Mechanism and the Human Body.” In 2014-17, Frank Lévy gave a series of concerts titled “Musical Journeys for Children and Families” for the Palo Alto Jewish Community Center.
Frank Lévy, who grew up in Switzerland, entered the Geneva Conservatory at the age of fifteen and earned the bachelor’s and master’s degrees studying with renowned pianist and pedagogue Louis Hiltbrand, and the doctorate in performance studying with Maria Tipo. After winning the Kiefer-Hablitzel Prize, Frank Lévy went to study with Leon Fleisher at the Peabody Conservatory, from where he received the Artist Diploma. He studied collaborative piano with Samuel Sanders and Margo Garrett in the Professional Studies Program at the Juilliard School, where he also worked with Emanuel Ax. Mr. Lévy also studied with Vlado Perlemuter in Paris, Dorothy Taubman in New York, Maria Curcio, Radu Lupu and Murray Perahia in London.
Frank Lévy lived in New York City for over 20 years. In 2011, the Lévy family moved to Sunnyvale, California and now includes three children. For more information about Frank’s upcoming concerts, please visit his website www.franklevy.com.
Kevin Olson is an active pianist, composer, and member of the piano faculty at Utah State University, where he has taught courses that include piano literature, music theory, aural skills, accompanying, piano pedagogy, rock and roll history, and private instruction in piano and composition, among others. In addition to his collegiate teaching responsibilities, Kevin is a faculty advisor for the Northern Chapter of Utah Music Teachers Association and the Utah State University Youth Conservatory. Before teaching at Utah State, he was on the faculty at Elmhurst College near Chicago and Humboldt State University in northern California.
A native of West Jordan, Utah, Dr. Olson began winning composition contests at age five. When he was twelve, his composition, An American Trainride, received the Overall First Prize at the 1983 National PTA Convention at Albuquerque, New Mexico. Since then he has been a Composer in Residence at the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy, and has written music commissioned and performed by groups such as the American Piano Quartet, Chicago a cappella, the Rich Matteson Jazz Festival, International Music Syndicate, Music Teachers National Association, the Festival for Creative Pianists, and numerous piano teacher associations around the country. Kevin is in demand as a clinician, giving workshops and performances around the country and internationally, most recently as an invited judge, performer, and clinician at the MusiQuest Piano Festival in Pune, India, the Great Britain Choral Festival, and the Xi’an International Choral Festival in China.
Kevin maintains a large piano studio, teaching students of a variety of ages and abilities. Many of the needs of his own piano students have inspired hundreds of books and solos published by the FJH Music Company, which he joined as a writer in 1994.
|1982||Iowa State University||Kenneth Drake|
|1983||Drake University||Lynn Freeman Olson|
|1984||University of Northern Iowa||Robert Shannon|
|1985||Drake University||Nelita True (Centennial Convention)|
|1986||Iowa State University||Weekley and Arganbright|
|1987||Central College||Maurice Hinson, Louise Bianchi|
|1988||Graceland College||David Kraehenbuehl, Joyce Grill|
|1989||Buena Vista College||Robert Shannon|
|1989||University of Iowa||Tony Caramia, Richard Slaven|
|1990||University of Northern Iowa||Yoheved Kaplinsky|
|1991||Grinnell College||Frank Wiens, Suzanne Guy|
|1992||Grandview College||Seymour Bemstein, Marvin Blickenstaff|
|1993||Morningside College||Nelita True, Amanda Vick Lethco|
|1994||Central College||Jane McGrath|
|1995||St. Ambrose/Augustana||Evelyn Bcancart, Sam Holland|
|1996||Wartburg College||Rot'sson, Marvin Blickenstaff|
|1997||Waldorf College||Sckepkin, Elvina Truman Pearce|
|1998||Iowa State University||Brian Ganz, Paul Wirth|
|1999||University of Iowa||Barbara Lister-Sink|
|2000||Luther College||Elyse Mach, Boulanger Drama, ISU|
|2001||Drake University||Phyllis Lehrer, Dr. Lorna Heyge|
|2003||Central College||Robert Vandall, Ingrid Clairfield-Jacobson|
|2004||Graceland College||Joyce Grill, Tony Caramia, RalphVotapek, Jane Fetterman & Nathan Smith (Ruo Duo)|
|2005||Wartburg College||Melody Bober, Jack Winerock|
|2006||University of Iowa||Helen Marlais, Reid Alexander|
|2007||Luther College||Jane Magrath, Frank Wiens|
|2008||University of Northern Iowa||William Westney, Mary Louise Wilson|
|2009||Morningside College||Andrew Russo, Gail Berenson|
|2010||Iowa State University||Brian Ganz, Dennis Alexander|
|2011||Waldorf College||Frederic Chiu, Ingrid Jacobson Clarfield|
|2012||Hotel at Kirkwood, Cedar Rapids||Logan Skelton, David Karp|
|2013||University of Iowa||Marina Lomazov, Jennifer Linn|
|2014||Drake University||Lori Sims, Marvin Blickenstaff|
|2015||St. Ambrose, Davenport||Eduardus Halim, Diane Hidy|
|2016||Clarke College||Ian Hobson, Bruce Berr|
|2017||Iowa State University||Magarita Schevchenko, Barbara Fast|
|2018||University of Iowa||Kevin Costley, Dr. Alejandro Cremaschi|
|2019||Graceland University||Frank Levy, Kevin Olson|