Pianist Robert Levinger possesses the rare qualities of humility, honesty, and confidence as an artist. He has been praised for bringing depth, conviction, and authenticity in his performances. He plays “with considerable dramatic flair, thunderous power, dazzling speed and technical excellence” (The People’s Critic). Since his orchestral concerto debut at age 14, he has been recognized for his concerto playing. He has engaged with orchestras around the U.S., including Madison Symphony, Mississippi Valley, Austin Symphony, Moores Symphony, and La Crosse Symphony Orchestras. His performance of the Grieg Concerto with the Madison Symphony in Overture Hall was presented as a live broadcast on Wisconsin Public Television and Radio. Most recently, Robert received a return engagement with the La Crosse Symphony Orchestra in 2021, performing Beethoven’s Fourth Concerto on multiple occasions.
In recent years, Robert has succeeded internationally in competitions in San Jose, Los Angeles, and New Orleans in the U.S. Musical journeys in 2019 included competitions in England and Spain, the latter of which earned him a recital and masterclass tour around historic Barcelona.
Other honors of Robert’s in the past include being named a national finalist in the 2016 MTNA Steinway and Sons Young Artist Competition, and a semi-finalist in the 2017 San Jose and 2018 New Orleans International Piano Competitions. His four years in Texas also garnered him great success, as he received medals in the Young Texas Artists’, Houston Tuesday Musical, San Antonio Young Artist, and TMTA Collegiate Competitions.
In the past, Robert’s recordings and performances have been heard and presented on WPR in Wisconsin. He has performed in masterclasses for artists including the Takács Quartet, Anton Nel, Abbey Simon, Lang Lang, Alessio Bax, and Ignat Solzhenitsyn. Robert has been fortunate to share his art in venues across the U.S. and Europe. Recent venues include: Overture Hall of Madison, WI; Trianon Theatre of San Jose, CA; Roussel Hall of New Orleans, LA; White Rock Theatre of Hastings, UK; and Palau de la Música Catalana, Barcelona, Spain.
As a chamber musician, Robert as engaged with fine musicians from around the world. He was twice invited to the historic Kneisel Chamber Music Festival in Maine, performing trios, quartets, and quintets in 2019 and 2021. Recently, Robert finished a five-month residency aboard a Holland America Line cruise ship, performing as part of a piano quartet ensemble in Lincoln Center Stage. Above all, exploring underplayed works by familiar and unfamiliar composers in chamber and solo settings has become something of great importance to him. Delivering honest, convincing performances of unheard works continually inspires and motivates Robert to remain humble in the face of music.
Robert has studied with notable teachers including Nancy Weems, Logan Skelton, and Roberto Plano. After receiving two masters’ degrees from the University of Michigan and a performers’ diploma
from Indiana University, Robert currently resides in New Haven, Connecticut, pursuing further graduate studies with Wei-Yi Yang at the Yale School of Music.