Robert Levin Honored with Golden Mozart Medal: Celebrating a Lifetime of Scholarly and Artistic Excellence
April 23, 2024

Established in 1914, the prestigious Golden Mozart Medal is bestowed by the International Mozarteum Foundation upon individuals and organizations that have made noteworthy strides in comprehending the life and oeuvre of W.A. Mozart, as well as supporting the Foundation's endeavors. This year, the honor is conferred upon Robert Levin, distinguished as a pianist, educator, and composer, who holds emeritus status at Harvard University and is esteemed as a scholar within the Academy for Mozart Research.

Levin's career boasts solo performances with renowned global orchestras, collaborative chamber music ventures with luminaries such as Kim Kashkashian, Steven Isserlis, and his spouse, pianist Ya-Fei Chuang. Notably, he has helmed the Sarasota Music Festival and has been a fixture at the Mozart Week Festival since 1984. His scholarly contributions extend to editing Mozart's incomplete works, which are widely published and performed worldwide.

Having served as a Junior Professor at Harvard and a visiting faculty member at The Juilliard School, Levin is also recognized as a member of prestigious institutions like the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. His accolades include the Bach Medal of Leipzig and, in 2022, he released a comprehensive recording of Mozart's keyboard sonatas on the ECM label, utilizing Mozart's own Walter fortepiano from the Mozarteum Foundation's collection.

Past recipients of the Golden Mozart Medal include luminaries such as Lilli Lehmann, Karl Böhm, and Sir András Schiff. Johannes Honsig-Erlenburg, President of the Mozarteum Foundation, lauds Levin as both a cherished friend and an extraordinary artist, extolling his profound impact on Mozart performance and research worldwide. Dr. Christoph Wolff, an honorary member of the Foundation, acknowledges Levin's scholarly contributions in completing Mozart's fragmentary works and his role in revitalizing historical performance practices, emphasizing the importance of improvisatory elements like ornaments and cadenzas.

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