Dan Levitan, harp
Dan Levitan is Principal Harpist of three professional orchestras: Marin Symphony (since 1984), Symphony Silicon Valley (since its founding) and Ballet San Jose Silicon Valley. In addition to having performed with San Jose Symphony as Principal Harpist from 1978 until its closure in 2002, he has performed with the San Francisco Symphony, Opera, and Ballet orchestras, and is sought after as a soloist with orchestras, choirs, and other ensembles throughout Northern California.
This past season (2003-2004), Mr. Levitan performed as soloist with Master Sinfonia, the San Jose Wind Symphony, and the Diablo Wind Symphony, and as solo harp accompanist with the San Francisco Lyric Chorus, Schola Cantorum, Marin Children's Chorus, and other choirs. In addition to playing in the Avedis Chamber Music Series and the Earplay Contemporary Music Concert Series, he performed solo harp concerts and flute & harp recitals for Bay Area Concert Series.
For the 2004-2005 season, Mr. Levitan is performing again with Schola Cantorum and the Avedis Chamber Music Series, and for the first time with the Ragazzi Boys Choir. He will premiere a commissioned work with the San Jose Chamber Orchestra, and will represent harpists from the Bay Area in the July 2006 American Harp Society Convention held in San Francisco.
Mr. Levitan's concerto performances by Bach (Johann Christian), Boieldieu, Debussy, Ginastera, Gliere, Mozart, Ravel, Reinecke, and Saint Saens with orchestras throughout the San Francisco Bay Area have been highly praised by local critics, who write of his 'impeccable virtuosity" (San Jose Metro), "virtual perfection"(Marin Independent Journal) and "precision and Úlan" (Mercury News). Internationally, Mr. Levitan was invited to perform two works for harp and string quartet at the Seventh World Harp Congress in Prague, Czech Republic, and was a semi-finalist in the prestigious 10th International Harp Competition in Israel
Mr. Levitan's first solo harp CD, "10th Anniversary Concert", was released in 1995. He is featured on two commercial cassettes: "Shades of Love", with flute and voice, and "Moonlight", featuring both solo harp and flute with harp. His recording credits also include Benjamin Britten's 'A Ceremony of Carols for Chorus and Solo Harp", Claude Debussy's "Trio for flute, viola, and harp", works by Lou Harrison, and T.V. and film recordings. Soon to be released is a flute and harp recording that celebrates ethnic music.
Born and educated in Philadelphia, Mr. Levitan received bachelor degrees in Music Performance and in Music Education from Temple University, both magna cum laude, and was named "Most Promising Musician" on graduation. He has studied with Margarita Montanaro, Co-Principal Harpist with the Philadelphia Orchestra, internationally acclaimed harpists Susann McDonald and Susanna Mildonian, and well-known San Francisco Bay Area harpists Anne Adams, Marcella DeCray, and the late Phyllis Schlomovitz.