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Lee Luvisi Collection

 Collection 0013-IPAM
Lee Luvisi (1937--) was an American pianist. He has performed both solo works and chamber music pieces, and he has been both Artist in Residence at the University of Louisville School of Music in Kentucky and an Artist Member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. This collection contains concert programs, reviews, articles, CDs, VHS tapes, correspondence, contracts, repertoire, photographs, and memorabilia related to Luvisi’s career, the ensembles he was involved in, and his relationships with his colleagues, including violinist Alexander Schneider, his teachers, Rudolf Serkin and Mieczyslaw Horszowski, and their wives, Irene Serkin and Bice Horszowski.

Dates

  • 1904-2007
  • Majority of material found within 1957-1994

Use and Access to Collection

There are no restricted files in this collection.

Extent

11.00 Linear Feet

Scope and Content of Collection

The Lee Luvisi Collection covers the period from 1904-2007; the bulk of the materials date from 1957-1994. The collection consists of concert programs, reviews, articles, CDs, VHS tapes, correspondence, contracts, repertoire, photographs, and memorabilia related to Luvisi’s performance career, including his work at the University of Louisville, the Aspen Music Festival, and the Brevard Music Center, and with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.

Biography

Summary: Lee Luvisi was born on December 12, 1937, in Louisville, Kentucky. He served as a member of the major piano faculty at Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia (1957-1963) and as Artist in Residence at the University of Louisville School of Music (1963-2001). Luvisi also participated in performance activities across all fifty states and in Canada, Mexico, Australia, and Europe, including a marathon of the complete solo works of Beethoven, and was an Artist Member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center (circa 1983-2003).

Full History: Lee Luvisi was born on December 12, 1937, in Louisville, Kentucky. His principal studies there were with Dwight Anderson, a pupil of Isidore Philipp. At 14, he was admitted to the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia where he became a student of Rudolf Serkin and Mieczyslaw Horszowski. Upon his graduation in 1957 he was appointed to the major piano faculty. Luvisi made his Carnegie Hall recital debut in 1957 and made his first appearance with the New York Philharmonic two years later. In 1960, he was a bronze medalist in the Queen Elisabeth of Belgium competition in Brussels. In 1959, Luvisi married Nina Hussey, and had a child, Brian, in 1960. Luvisi moved with his family back to Louisville in when became Artist in Residence at the University of Louisville School of Music (1963-2001).

Luvisi's performance activities included many engagements across all fifty states, as well as in Canada, Mexico, Australia and Europe. He has been soloist with nearly every important orchestra in North America and conductors such as Leonard Bernstein, Eugene Ormandy, William Steinberg, Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, Sir Neville Marriner and Robert Shaw. He appeared in London, Vienna, Berlin and other major capitals. As a chamber pianist, Luvisi has collaborated with many famous musicians and ensembles, including the Juilliard, Guarneri, Cleveland and Emerson Quartets, and artists such as Itzhak Perlman, Pinchas Zukerman, Alexander Schneider, Leonard Rose, Richard Stoltzman, Jan DeGaetani, Frederica von Stade, Benita Valente and Dawn Upshaw. For two decades (circa 1983-2003), he was an Artist Member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.

Luvisi participated in the Marlboro, Aspen, Casals, Mostly Mozart, Chamber Music Northwest, Chautauqua and Tanglewood summer festivals, among others. He can be heard on the Delos, Bridge, Arabesque and Louisville Orchestra First Edition recording labels. During the 2000/01 season Mr. Luvisi presented the complete solo piano works of Beethoven in a twelve-concert series in his native city where, ten years earlier, he undertook a similar marathon of Mozart's complete solo keyboard compositions to celebrate that composer's bicentennial.

Arrangement

This collection is organized into four series.
  1. Series 1: Performance Files
  2. Series 2: Recordings
  3. Series 3: Correspondence
  4. Series 4: Miscellaneous Material

Custodial History and Acquisition Information

This collection was donated by Lee Luvisi in 2000-2001.

Existence and Location of Copies

An item-level inventory of Luvisi's live and commercially recorded CDs and VHS tapes is available upon request. There are 90 CDs and 3 VHS tapes available in the collection.

Related Material

For other related archival and manuscript collections, please see the following subject guides.
Title
Lee Luvisi Collection
Status
Completed
Author
This collection was processed by Max Brown and Elizabeth Mason.
Date
2013-03-11
Language of description
English
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English
Sponsor
This collection was donated by Lee Luvisi in 2000-2001.

Library Details

Part of the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library

Contact:
University of Maryland Libraries
8270 Alumni Drive
College Park MD 20742 United States