Pianist Max Levinson won First Prize at the Guardian Dublin International Piano Competition, the first American to achieve this distinction, and was awarded the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant. In 2005, he was given the Andrew Wolf Award for his chamber music playing. He has performed as soloist with major orchestras including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the San Francisco, Baltimore, St. Louis and Utah Symphonies, and the Boston Pops. Artistic Director of the San Juan Chamber Music Festival (Colordao), Max Levinson is an active chamber musician. He has appeared at music festivals including Mostly Mozart, Santa Fe, Marlboro, Tanglewood, La Jolla, BRAVO! Vail, Killington, Vancouver, Caragena, and Switzerland's Davos Festival. His most recent recording is of the Brahms Sonatas for Violin and Piano, with violinist Stefan Jackiw (Sony Classical). His recording of music by Leon Kirchner is included in the composer's Complete Piano Music (Albany Records). He is on the faculty of both the New England Conservatory and the Boston Conservatory, where he is Chair of the Piano Department. Born in the Netherlands and raised in Los Angeles, Max Levinson attended Harvard University, graduating with a degree in English Lieterature, and later completed his graduate studies at the New England Conservatory of Music, receiving an Artist Diploma. Max Levinson currently lives in the Boston area with his wife and their two daughters.