Megan Levin performs solo on Harp. This is an unusual opportunity to hear full-size classical symphonic harp played up-close by a skilled, nationally and internationally know artist. Your ears will be smiling!
Megan has agreed to tell us about her instrument: how it's tuned; what the pedals do; and about various harp techniques. I'm sure many musicians and listeners will find this particularly interesting, because it's rare to get a chance to see a full-size harp up close!
Megan Levin had a musical upbringing in Austin, Texas. She began playing the harp at the age of five, learning all of her pieces by ear. By the age of 15, she had played on several albums of local musicians, including Tish Hinojosa, Alejandro Escovedo, as well as on the Grammy Award-winning album ‘Los Super Seven.’ Megan received her Bachelor and Masters degrees from Rice University. She was awarded a Fulbright Grant to study with Isabelle Perrin at the École Normale de Musique in Paris, France, where she was awarded the Diplôme Supérieure.
Megan joined the Sarasota Opera as principal harp in 2011, and will return for their 2012 season. She also serves as principal harp of the chamber orchestra CityMusic Cleveland. In 2008, she performed Debussy's Dansee Sacrée et Profane as a soloist with CityMusic, and was hailed by the Cleveland Plain Dealer as a “champion of swirling delicacy” playing with “tonal beauty and grace.” She has performed with the Houston Symphony, New World Symphony, Youth Orchestra of the Americas, and Tulsa Opera, among others, and spent three summers as a fellow at the Tanglewood Music Festival. Since moving to New York City in 2009, Megan has performed multiple times at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center. She also plays as a substitute harpist for the hit Broadway show ‘The Fantasticks.’
Megan is the daughter of long-time Austin musician, Danny Levin. Danny plays cello, violin, and keys in a number of bands in town. He is a wonderful mentor for many young Austin musicians and involves them in several performing groups such as "Sweet Bunch of Daisies".