Sharan Leventhal, violin
Sharan Leventhal, violin, has toured four continents as a soloist, chamber musician and teacher. In addition to winning the Kranischsteiner Musikpreis at the 1984 International Contemporary Music Festival in Darmstadt, Germany, she has garnered over 30 grants and awards from such institutions as the NEA, Aaron Copland Fund for Music Recording, Chamber Music America, New Music USA, and the Fromm and Koussevitzky Foundations. She has premiered well over 130 works.
Leventhal's love of contemporary music has taken her down new and unexpected paths. In 1986, she formed Marimolin with marimbist Nancy Zeltsman, effectively launching a new chamber music genre.
Her 3 cd set (with the Kepler Quartet) of Ben's Johnston's string quartet cycle written in extended just intonation sparked great enthusiasm. Disc two was on numerous best classical CDs of 2011 lists, including “Disc of the Year” in Fanfare Magazine, and placing second in the category of best chamber music release of 2011 in BBC International. Leventhal's article “An Introduction to the String Quartets of Ben Johnston” appeared in the August 2014 issue of The American String Teacher.
Interdisciplinary projects include La Resistencia, a music video with Marimolin and composer Leo Blanco dedicated to the youth of Venezuela, Like Rain In A Drought, a collaborative endeavor for violin, marimba, composition, and dance focusing on social activism, Where Sound and Motion Meet (Gramercy Trio), an interactive exploration of the link between music and dance, and Sound Thinking: An Insider's Perspective on Making and Understanding Music, a look at the evolution of western art musical language. Currently under development is As Far As The Eye Can Hear and The Ear Can See, examining the common ground between visual and musical arts.
Leventhal has appeared with numerous orchestras, is a founding member of Gramercy Trio, Kepler Quartet, and Marimolin, and can be heard on the New World, Northeastern, Newport Classic, Naxos, Parma, Navona, GM and Catalyst labels. She is a professor at Boston Conservatory at Berklee and Berklee College of Music.
Her blog can be found at http://justtuningin.wordpress.com.