A native of New York City, Pianist Caren Levine has gradually established a reputation as one of today’s most compelling young artists. She has won acclaim for her musicality, charm and sensitivity, and is known for her intense and impassioned performances. The San Francisco Chronicle described her as “a petite powerhouse, with technique to burn and unimpeachable musicianship. She is one of the finest musicians around, of the highest and most inspiring order.” An alumna of the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program, she has been on the roster of the Metropolitan Opera House as Assistant Conductor and Prompter since 2003. In 2012, she received a Grammy Award for Best Opera Recording for The Met Opera’s DVD of John Adams Doctor Atomic Live in HD, and received her second Grammy Award for The Met Opera’s DVD of Thomas Adès The Tempest Live in HD in 2014.
An active performer, Levine has collaborated with some of the world’s most prominent artists, include Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, Marcello Giordani, Susanne Mentzer, Lawrence Brownlee, Morris Robinson, Susanna Phillips, Alberto Mizrahi and Barbara Bonney. She has assisted such renowned conductors as James Levine, Fabio Luisi, James Conlon, Marco Armiliato, Gustavo Dudamel, Alan Gilbert, Charles Mackerras, Harry Bicket among many others. Caren first performed with soprano Barbara Bonney at the 1996 Tanglewood Music Festival. Since then, they have toured throughout the United States, Canada and Asia at venues which include the La Jolla Chamber Music Society, Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, Herbst Theater in San Francisco, Festival Vancouver, Orange County Performing Arts Center, Van Cliburn Concert Series, Seoul Arts Center, and a live televised performance at the Hanoi Opera House in Vietnam on the critically-acclaimed Hennessy concert series. The Los Angeles Times noted that Bonney was “seconded in every way by the excellent Levine.” She has also been featured on WNYC Soundcheck with Bass Morris Robinson (www.wnyc.org) and on ArtsPass with Tenor Lawrence Brownlee (www.artspass.com).
Ms. Levine has worked as a vocal coach/pianist at The Pacific Music Festival, Music Academy of the West, Tanglewood, Itzhak Perlman Music Program, Crested Butte Music Festival, Berkshire Opera Company, Wolf Trap Opera, and the opera companies in Palm Beach, Sarasota, St. Petersburg, Central City, and Santa Fe. From 2010-2012, she served as Head of the Young Artist Program at Florida Grand Opera. In 2009, she was the interim Music Director and Conductor for the Hudson Valley Singers. From 2003-2007, Caren was a faculty member at Marlboro Music Festival, where she collaborated with Ken Noda and Benita Valente on the Mozart opera workshop program. From 2002-2007, she served on the faculty of the San Diego Chamber Music Workshop, and has been a guest artist at the Manchester Music Festival for their annual Young Stars of the Metropolitan Opera concert since 2003. From 1998-2001, Ms. Levine served as Assistant Professor of Piano and Director of the Accompanying Option at California State University, Chico. In addition to her numerous achievements as a classical pianist, Ms. Levine is active as a jazz composer and arranger. Among her numerous recordings, a CD of her own piano compositions entitled Flowers from a Secret Admirer was released on Capstone Records. An avid chamber musician, Ms. Levine has collaborated with the Miró and Artemis string quartets as well as members of the Beaux Arts Trio. She has been invited to perform at The Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival, International Chamber Music Festival in Lucerne, Switzerland, Pacific Music Festival in Japan, Banff Centre for the Arts in Alberta, Canada, Savannah Music Festival, Manchester Music Festival, Fontainebleau American Conservatory in France and The Aspen Music Festival. As a solo performer, Ms. Levine is a winner of the Munz-Chopin Piano Competition in Maryland and gave a recital in Carnegie Hall as the winner of the 1999 Artist’s International Auditions.
Highlights of her recent performances include rehearsal pianist/harpsichordist for the LA Phil fully-staged production of Don Giovanni at Walt Disney Concert Hall with Maestro Gustavo Dudamel, prompter for the Met Opera premieres of The Tempest, Doctor Atomic, Death of Klinghoffer, Satyagraha, L’Amour de Loin and Two Boys, La Bohéme with the Charleston Opera Company, Il Barbiere di Siviglia with Opera San Antonio, and conductor for The Turn of the Screw, Les Contes d’Hoffmann and Le Nozze di Figaro at the Miami Music Festival, where she served as Head of Music Staff since its inception in 2014. Upcoming engagements include a performance on the Miami International Piano Festival, concerts in Poland with Hazzan Alberto Mizrahi, prompter for the Met Opera premier of Thomas Adés’s The Exterminating Angel, The Magic Flute, Elektra and Turandot, music director/conductor for Vero Beach Opera’s production of Madama Butterfly, The Ballad of Baby Doe at the Harrower Summer Opera Program, and Dark Sisters at Music Academy International in Trentino, Italy. Caren is a protégé of renowned pianist, Samuel Sanders, whom she worked with throughout her Bachelor of Music degree at the Peabody Conservatory of Music, Master of Music and DMA at The Juilliard School.