Shir is a fantastic violinist from NYC and takes a keen interest in cross-disciplinary presentation of music within her Mmus degree at RAM.
Shir Levy, born in New York City in 1994, began violin studies at the age of six. She was the youngest musician ever to win the Kaufman Center Concerto Competition (1st Prize, 2002). Shir won the Special Music School Concerto Competition (1st Prize, 2006), Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society Competition (1st Prize, 2006); “American Protégé International Piano and Strings” Competition (1st Prize and Judges Award, 2011). She has performed at Merkin Concert Hall, Steinway Hall, New Jersey PAC, Tel-Aviv Opera House in Israel and in 2008 Shir had her Carnegie Hall debut with Ida Haendel. She participated in many international festivals including Bowdoin, USA; Lucca and Portogruaro, Italy; and Keshet Eilon, Israel. She played in master classes for Ida Haendel, Ivry Gitlis, Maxim Vengerov, Shlomo Mintz, Itzhak Perlman, Yair Kless, Eduard Grach, Dylana Jenson, and Pinchas Zukerman. Shir made her concerto debut at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York with the KCO in May 2014 performing Szymanowski Concerto No. 1. Under the tutelage of Tomotada Soh, she graduated with a BMus degree from the Royal Academy of Music where she will begin a Masters of Music from September 2016. In November 2016, Shir will perform Lutoslawski Partita at St. John’s Smith Square with the Eroica Ensemble. In addition to a passion for chamber music, Shir enjoys curating multi-sensory fine dining experiences merging her love of new music, 20th century art, and culinary art. Shir plays a 1772 Nicolo Gagliano violin.
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