Emily Levin is the new Principal Harpist of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and Bronze Medal Winner of the 9th USA International Harp Competition.
Have harp will travel. The youngest principal harpist of a major American orchestra, Emily has performed at Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, the World Harp Congress, the Aspen Music Festival, and with the Jerusalem and Colorado Symphony Orchestras, the Louisiana Philharmonic, the Colorado Chamber Players, and the Indiana University Festival Orchestra, among others. A winner of the 2016 Astral Auditions, she has performed recitals throughout the United States including concerts for the American Harp Society, the Virginia Harp Center, and the USAIHC Concert Series. She was a top prizewinner in the International Harp Contest in Israel, harp fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center and the Aspen Music Festival, and regularly performs with the New York Philharmonic. Emily is on Faculty at the Young Artist's Harp Seminar.
In with the new. Emily works extensively with established and emerging composers alike, which led to commendation from the New York Times for both "singing well and playing beautifully." She is a core member of the New York-based new music group Ensemble Échappé, with whom she was a featured soloist performing Elliott Carter's Mosaic. In 2012, The Indiana University Composition Department recognized her for her collaboration and performance of new music. Currently, Emily is commissioning a four-composer set of character pieces inspired by Shel Silverstein.
Book learning. Emily received her Master of Music degree in 2015 at the Juilliard School under the tutelage of Nancy Allen, where she was a teaching fellow for both the Ear Training and Educational Outreach departments. Emily was accepted into Julliard's prestigious C.V. Starr doctorate program in fall 2015. A self-described bookworm, she completed undergraduate degrees in Music and History at Indiana University with Susann McDonald. Her honors history thesis discussed the impact of war songs on the French Revolution.