Classical Violinist, Contemporary Music Specialist and Interdisciplinary Collaborator
Violinist has toured four continents as a soloist, chamber musician and teacher. She has garnered over 30 grants and awards from such institutions as the NEA, Aaron Copland Fund for Music Recording, Chamber Music America, New Music USA, the International Contemporary Music Festival in Darmstadt, Germany and the Fromm and Koussevitzky Foundations. She has premiered well over 160 works. Leventhal's love of contemporary music has taken her down new and unexpected paths. In 1986, she formed Marimolin with marimbist Nancy Zeltsman, effectively launching a new chamber music genre. In addition to premiering works by other composers, the duo also composes original material for their ensemble. She recorded a 3 cd set (with the Kepler Quartet) of Ben's Johnston's string quartet cycle written in extended just intonation. Disc two was on numerous best classical CDs of 2011 lists, including “Disc of the Year” in Fanfare Magazine, and placed second in the category of best chamber music release of 2011 in BBC International. Interdisciplinary projects include La Resistencia, a music video with Marimolin and composer Leo Blanco dedicated to the youth of Venezuela, Goodness, a music video with Marimolin and Like Rain In A Drought, a collaborative endeavor for violin, marimba, composition, and dance focusing on social activism.. Other projects include Where Sound and Motion Meet (Gramercy Trio), an interactive exploration of the link between music and dance, and Sound Thinking: An Insider's Perspective on Making and Understanding Music, a look at the evolution of western art musical language. Equally active in traditional venues, Leventhal has appeared as a soloist with the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra; the Toledo, Milwaukee, Gulf Coast, Topeka, Dayton and Albany symphonies and the Wisconsin, Cleveland, and Santa Rosa chamber orchestras, among others. She is a founding member of Marimolin, Kepler Quartet, and Gramercy Trio, and can be heard on the New World, Northeastern, Newport Classic, Naxos, Navona, GM and Catalyst labels. She is a professor at Boston Conservatory at Berklee and Berklee College of Music.
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