Daniel Levitov, the editor of Susan Brown’s Two Octave Scales and Bowings for Cello is featured in the November issue of The Strad magazine. The article focuses on Levitov’s methods of developing more expressive playing in his from his students. Read the whole thing over at The Strad‘s website.
Cellist Daniel Levitov maintains a vibrant career as a performer and educator. Levitov is coordinator of cello and chamber music at the Peabody Institute Preparatory of the Johns Hopkins University, and director of strings at the Bryn Mawr School in Baltimore. He is director of the Peabody Preparatory Young Artists Orchestra (YAO), an ensemble that he named and has developed since he joined the faculty of the Peabody Preparatory. He was formerly assistant professor of cello at the Sunderman Conservatory of Music at Gettysburg College. Levitov gives masterclasses and workshops across the country, including masterclasses at University of Maryland, Indiana String Academy, ASTA, and the National Orchestra Festival. During the summer, Levitov serves on the faculty of the Credo Music Festival at the Oberlin Conservatory, and has previously taught at the Killington and Foulger Music Festivals. Levitov’s students have won several competitions including ASTA and Washington Performing Arts Society, and have been accepted to major conservatories such as Juilliard, Oberlin, the Cleveland Institute, and the Manhattan School of Music. They have attended summer festivals such as Heifetz Institute, Meadowmount, NOI, and Kinhaven.
Levitov performs locally and nationally as a soloist, chamber, and orchestral musician. Recognized by the Baltimore Sun for his “warmth of tone and phrasing” and “expressive force,” he is a founding member of the Clipper Mill String Quartet. Levitov also serves as a substitute cellist with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO), and appears frequently with members of the symphony on the Chamber Music by Candlelight series. Levitov has performed as a soloist in Carnegie Weill Hall, on Strathmore Hall’s Music in the Mansion series, and at the Peabody Institute. He has performed as a concerto soloist with the Pazardjik Symphony (Bulgaria), the Manhattan Virtuosi, the Mendocino Festival Orchestra, and the Peabody Camarata. Levitov performed as a member of the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, under the direction of Marin Alsop. He recorded the jazz album, Moment to Moment: Roy Hargrove with Strings, which was released on the Verve label, and was a member of the Monterey Jazz Festival Chamber Orchestra.
Levitov is active as a speaker and writer. He presents regularly at the American String Teachers Association (ASTA) National Conferences, and his work has appeared in Strings and Strad magazines. In 2020, he hosted a CelloChat hosted by CelloBello. Levitov is the contributing editor for Two Octave Scales and Bowings for Cello by Susan C. Brown, published by Tempo Press. He is a past president of the Maryland/DC ASTA chapter.
A native of Nebraska, Levitov holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the City University of New York. He did his undergraduate work at the Oberlin Conservatory and received his Master of Music degree from the Manhattan School of Music, where he received the Janet Schenk award for distinguished service. Levitov has studied with cellists David Geber, Julia Lichten, Peter Rejto, Carol Work and Tracy Sands.