MEG FAGAN, Producer

Dan Levitan

Step by Step (2013)For shakuhachi and Marimba.

Daniel Levitan's compositions are favorites of percussion ensembles throughout the United States and around the world, and several have become standards of the percussion literature.

Levitan studied composition at Bennington College with Henry Brant, Vivian Fine, and Marta Ptazynska. He later studied tabla with Phil Ford and Ray Spiegel, conga and Latin percussion with Frank Malabe, and mallets with Tom Hemphill.

He has received commissions for solo, chamber and orchestral works from the Kronos Quartet, the New Jersey Percussion Ensemble, Marimolin, Manhattan Marimba Quartet, Frankie Malabe and Central Park’s Summerstage, Kotekan, Larry Snider, James Preiss Solo Marimba Commissioning Project, Tom Miller and the University of Akron Percussion Ensemble, Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra, Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra, Ithaca College Wind Ensemble, and the National Endowment for the Arts joint commissioning project, with Douglas Walter, David Samuels, and Ted Piltzecker. Theater and dance commissions include works composed for Theatre for a New Audience, Uris/Bahr Dancers, and Trina Moore and Dancers. His Concerto for Marimba with Percussion Orchestra won first prize in the 1978 Percussive Arts Society Composition Competition. His music is published by Keyboard Percussion Publications.


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