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Sharan Leventhal

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Sharan Leventhal joined the Boston Conservatory at Berklee in 2005 and teaches applied violin, chamber music, and contemporary performance practice.

Since winning the 1984 Kranischsteiner Musikpreis in Darmstadt, Germany, she has built an international reputation as a champion of new music. More than 130 premiers include works by Gunther Schuller, Ben Johnston, Virgil Thomson, Pauline Oliveros, Taina León, Simon Bainbridge, Scott Wheeler, Matt Aucoin, and Fred Hersch. Equally active in traditional venues, Leventhal’s solo appearances include performances with the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra; the Toledo, Milwaukee, Gulf Coast, Topeka, Dayton and Albany symphonies; and the Wisconsin and Cleveland chamber orchestras, among others. She is a founding member of the Gramercy Trio, the Kepler Quartet, and Marimolin, and a member of the Boston Artists Ensemble. Her recordings include the complete string quartets of Ben Johnston (Kepler Quartet on New World 2016, 2011, and 2006), the violin and piano works of Virgil Thomson (Northeastern Recordings, 1990), Gramercy Trio (Parma Recordings, 2008; Naxos, 2007; Newport Classic, Ltd., 2004), and Marimolin (GM Recordings, 1996 and 1988, and Catalyst/BMG, 1995). Broadcasts include the BBC, ORF (Austria), Musikradion (Sweden), and WNYC.

Leventhal has received more than 30 grants, including awards from Chamber Music America (2011), the Fromm Foundation (2011), the Aaron Copland Fund for Music Recording (2011, 2006, 2003, 1999, 1992), the Serge Koussevitzky Music Foundation (1992), and the National Endowment for the Arts (1993, 1988, 1987).

Leventhal has served on the faculties of Brandeis University, Michigan State University, Berklee College of Music, and the Bruckner-Konservatorium in Linz, Austria. Summer teaching includes the Wintergreen Music Festival, Fresno Summer Orchestra Academy, Interlochen Arts Camp, and the Asian Youth Orchestra. She performs and teaches throughout the U.S. and Europe. She has also written articles for the magazine American String Teacher (2014, 2015).

Leventhal earned a Bachelor of Music degree from Boston University and a Master of Music degree from Yale University.

Career Highlights
  • New Music USA Grant—Kepler Quartet (2014)
  • Chamber Music America Commissioning Grant—Gramercy Trio (2011)
  • Aaron Copland Fund for Music Recording—Kepler Quartet (2011)
  • BBC International Chamber Music Disc of the Month and 2nd Place Chamber Music CD of the Year—String Quartets of Ben Johnston, Vol. II, Kepler Quarter/New World Records (2011)
  • Fanfare Magazine Disc of the Year—String Quartets of Ben Johnston, Vol. II, Kepler Quarter/New World Records (2011)
  • String Quartets of Ben Johnston, Vol. III, New World Records—Kepler Quartet (2016)
  • Bargemusic, New York City (2016)
  • Cutting Edge Festival, New York City (2015)
  • Premier of Matt Aucoin's Piano Trio No. 1—Gramercy Trio (2015)
  • Wintergreen Performing Arts Festival (2014)
  • Articles for American String Teacher magazine (2014–15)
  • Kranischsteiner Musikpreis in Darmstadt, Germany (1984)
  • School Name
    Yale University
    State or Province
    Master of Music (M.M.)
    Field of Study
    Violin Performance
    Date Degree Received
  • School Name
    Boston University
    State or Province
    Bachelor of Music (B.M.)
    Field of Study
    Violin Performance
    Date Degree Received
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