Principal Harp,
Dallas Symphony Orchestra

Founder, GroundWork(s)

Press

Technical wizardry and artistic intuition throughout.

—Herald Times

Levin…drew nuanced timbres and textures while making the mechanics of her instrument disappear.

—The Philadelphia Inquirer

Emily Levin sang it well and played beautifully throughout

—The New York Times

Something Borrowed

Now Available!

Something Borrowed explores the art of musical borrowing, through solo works inspired by literature, culture and music. Recorded by GRAMMY-winning producer Adam Abeshouse, Levin’s debut album includes Bach’s 5th French Suite, the Tournier Sonatine, and a four-composer commission of Shel Silverstein character pieces.

“An astonishing recording of harp music…Throughout the album, we’re witness to Ms. Levin’s technical skill, musicality and good taste. Occasionally, we’re witness to her daring.”

—THEATER JONES

About

Emily Levin is the Principal Harpist with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and Bronze Medal Winner of the 9th USA International Harp Competition. Her playing has been praised for its “communicative, emotionally intense expression” (Jerusalem Post) and the Herald Times commended her “technical wizardry and artistic intuition.” As a soloist, orchestral musician, and chamber collaborator, Levin brings the harp to the forefront of a diverse musical spectrum, using her instrument to connect with all audiences.

{have harp will travel} Emily has performed as Guest Principal Harp with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Houston Symphony, and regularly appears with the New York Philharmonic. As a soloist, she has performed throughout North America and Europe, in venues including Carnegie Hall (New York), the Kimmel Center (Philadelphia) and Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (Rugen, Germany). At the request of conductors Jaap van Zweden and John Adams, she appeared as soloist with the DSO in 2018 and 2019; other concerto performances include the Jerusalem, Colorado and West Virginia Symphony Orchestras, the Louisiana Philharmonic, the Lakes Area Music Festival, and the Indiana University Festival Orchestra, among others. Her debut album, Something Borrowed, explores the art of musical borrowing with works inspired by language, literature, and culture. For the album, the Classical Recording Foundation named her their 2017 Young Artist of the Year.

Latest News

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Emily Levin joins the faculty at Southern Methodist University

Emily Levin joins the faculty at Southern Methodist University
The Division of Music at SMU Meadows School of the Arts has announced the addition of four more prominent musicians to its faculty…all four will teach private lessons, master classes, studio classes and workshops for undergraduate and graduate students at Meadows.

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Fine Arts Chamber Players appoints Emily Levin as Artistic Director

The Board of Directors has appointed Emily Levin as artistic director of the free chamber music concert series FACP produces at the Dallas Museum of Art.

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Upcoming Events

February 17, 2024

3:00 PM

Chamber Music: Within Worlds

Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church

Husband-and-wife performers Bradley and Kara Welch unite with Emily Levin for a program that explores the infinite variations of love, including the heartbreaking Adagietto from Gustav Mahler’s 5th Symphony. Presented by Fine Arts Chamber Players.

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February 21, 2024

7:30 PM

Solo Recital: Experiments in Play

Caruth Auditorium, Southern Methodist University

Join SMU harp faculty Emily Levin for an immersive, interactive performance that weaves together storytelling and music. Audience members can choose to observe or interact with the narrative, solve puzzles, and even influence the path of the music itself. A concert experience you don’t want to miss!

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