Cello, Coordinator of Cello and Chamber Music, Conductor of Preparatory Young Artists Orchestra
Conductor and cellist, maintains a vibrant career as a performer and educator. Levitov is the director of the Peabody Preparatory’s Young Artists Orchestra (YAO), an ensemble which he named and has developed since he joined the faculty of the Peabody Preparatory. He has also directed the Peabody Preparatory String Ensemble (PSE), and has performed in collaboration with the Peabody Dance department. Levitov conducted two highly successful concerts of the Gettysburg College Orchestra, and regularly leads string sectionals for that ensemble. He is active as a guest conductor and clinician. Recently, Levitov has been invited to guest conduct the Doane College and Cabrillo College orchestras. He was featured as a conductor for a special performance of Varese’s Hyperprism for winds and percussion at the Manhattan School of Music. Levitov has served as an adjudicator for the Howard County Festival of Orchestras, and regularly conducts string and cello sectionals for the Greater Baltimore Youth Orchestra (GBYO). He has studied conducting with David Gilbert, David Del Tredici and Maurice Peress.
As a cellist, 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 serves as a regular substitute 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 Manhattan Virtuosi, the Mendocino Festival Orchestra and the Peabody Camarata. Levitov is a cellist with 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 is a member of the Monterey Jazz Festival Chamber Orchestra.
Levitov is adjunct assistant professor of cello at the Sunderman Conservatory of Music at Gettysburg College. In addition to teaching at the Sunderman Conservatory and performing as part of the Sunderman Trio, he is coordinator of Preparatory cello and chamber music at the Peabody Preparatory. Levitov gives master classes and workshops across the country, including recent master classes for ASTA and the National Orchestra Festival. During the summer, he serves on the faculty of the Killington Music Festival. Levitov’s students have won several competitions including ASTA and Washington Performing Arts Society, and have gone on to study at Indiana University, Manhattan School of Music, and the Peabody Institute.
Levitov is active as a speaker and writer as well. He presents regularly at the American String Teacher’s Association (ASTA) National Conferences, and has published in Stringendo and Strings magazines. Levitov is the contributing editor for “Two Octave Scales and Bowings for Cello” by Susan C. Brown, published by Tempo Press. He is currently president-elect 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.