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Luvisi, Lee

The Grove Dictionary of American Music
James ChuteJames Chute, Anya LaurenceAnya Laurence

Luvisi, Lee (b Louisville, KY, 12 Dec 1937). Pianist. 

Luvisi attended the Curtis Institute from 1952–7, where he was a pupil of rudolf Serkin and mieczysław Horszowski. Upon graduating he was named to the Curtis faculty, the youngest teacher in the school's history up to that time. His Carnegie Hall recital debut took place in November 1957, and the following year he returned there as soloist with the New York Philharmonic under Leonard Bernstein. He left Curtis in 1962 and in 1963 became artist-in-residence at the School of Music of the University of Louisville, where he was later appointed head of the piano department. He has maintained an active and respected career as a soloist and chamber musician and has performed at the Mostly Mozart, Marlboro, and Aspen festivals. Luvisi has had engagements in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe, and Australia, and has performed under such noted conductors as Bernstein, Ormandy, William Steinberg, and Robert Shaw. His chamber performances include those with the Juilliard Quartet, the Guarneri Quartet, the Cleveland Quartet, and the Emerson quartet, as well as appearances with violinist Itzhak Perlman, violist Pinchas Zukerman, clarinetist Richard Stoltzman, and soprano Dawn Upshaw. He is a member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.

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