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Caren Levine

Caren Levine

A native of New York City, Pianist Caren Levine has won acclaim for her musicality, charm and sensitivity, and is known for her intense and impassioned performances. The San Francisco Chronicle described her as "a petite powerhouse, with technique to burn and unimpeachable musicianship. She is one of the finest musicians around, of the highest and most inspiring order." An alumna of the Metropolitan Opera's Lindemann Young Artist Development Program, she was appointed to the Met's select full time regular music staff, where she serves as Assistant Conductor, Prompter and Pianist since 2003. In 2012, she received a Grammy Award for Best Opera Recording for The Met Opera's DVD of John Adams Doctor Atomic, Thomas Adès The Tempest in 2014, and Philip Glass Akhnaten in 2022. She has assisted such renowned conductors as Yannick Nézet-Séguin, James Levine, Fabio Luisi, James Conlon, Marco Armiliato, Gustavo Dudamel, Alan Gilbert, Sir Charles Mackerras, Sir Donald Runnicles, Harry Bicket, Robert Spano, Philippe Jordan among many others.

An active performer, she has collaborated with some of the world's most prominent artists, including Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, Marcello Giordani, Juan Diego Flórez, Lawrence Brownlee, Susanne Mentzer, Morris Robinson, and Barbara Bonney. Among her numerous recordings, a CD of her own jazz piano compositions entitled Flowers from a Secret Admirer was released on Capstone Records in 1996. Particularly interested in the development of emerging artists, she was a founding member of the Miami Music Festival, where she served as Head of Music Staff and Conductor, visiting instructor in the voice department at Cleveland Institute of Music and University of Miami Frost School of Music, Head Coach for the Florida Grand Opera Studio Artists Program, and Music Director at Vero Beach Opera. Caren has served on the coaching staff at Music Academy of the West, Tanglewood, Crested Butte Music Festival, Berkshire Opera Company, Wolf Trap Opera, Marlboro Music Festival, and the opera companies in Palm Beach, Sarasota, St. Petersburg, Central City and Santa Fe. This season, she serves as Prompter for the Met Opera productions of Dead Man Walking, X:The Life and Times of Malcolm X (Met Opera premieres), Carmen, Madama Butterfly, The Hours and will celebrate her 20-year collaboration with Bass, Morris Robinson in a recital at Fort Worth Opera.

Caren Levine is a protégé of renowned pianist Samuel Sanders, whom she worked with throughout her Bachelor of Music degree at the Peabody Conservatory of Music, Master of Music and DMA at The Juilliard School.