Adam Levin has been praised by renowned American guitarist, Eliot Fisk, as a “virtuoso guitarist and a true 21st century renaissance man with the élan, intelligence, charm, tenacity and conviction to change the world.”  Levin has performed across the United States and Europe at renowned venues such as Chicago’s Pick Staiger, James Lumber Performing Arts and Mayne Stage concert halls, Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Museum of Fine Arts, and Jordan Hall, the Palazzo Chigi Saracini in Italy, Berlin’s Universität für Musik und darstellende Künst, Barcelona’s Auditorio Axa, and in Madrid at the Fundación Juan March, Palacio de Godoy, BBVA Palacio del Marqués de Salamanca, and Sala Manuel de Falla. Levin has appeared on a variety of prestigious music series, including Madrid’s Sociedad Española de Guitarra, Conciertos en Palacios and Festival Clásicos en Verano, Valencia’s Amigos de la Guitarra, Boston GuitarFest, L’Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena, Italy, and Festival Pro Música e Cultura in St.Moritz, France. 

In the 2013-2014 season, Levin made his acclaimed New York City recital debut at Le Poisson Rouge, his Atlanta debut at Spivey Hall, and appeared on the prestigious Chicago Bach Week Festival at Nichols Concert Hall. 

The recipient of numerous top prizes, Adam Levin has been recognized by Asociación Cultural Trujamán, the Society of American Musicians, the Lake Forest Concerto Competition, Minnesota’s Schubert Competition, Boston GuitarFest, Concurso Internacional de les Corts para Jóvenes Intérpretes in Barcelona, Concurso Internazionale Di Gargnano, and Certamen Internacional Luys Milan de Guitarra in Valencia.

An avid chamber musician, Levin has performed with orchestra, string quartet, and various instrumental and vocal duo combinations.  His primary chamber ensemble Duo Sonidos has been celebrated for bringing a fresh interpretation of chamber music to wide-ranging audiences across the globe while expanding the repertoire for violin and guitar through new commissions. In 2010, Duo Sonidos was awarded first prize at the Luys Milán International Chamber Music Competition in Valencia, Spain.  Their self-titled debut recording, released in 2010, featuring works by Astor Piazzolla, Salvador Brotons, Eduardo Morales-Caso, and Manuel de Falla, received rave reviews from Classical Guitar Magazine, Soundboard, American Record Guide, Fanfare, and included a US Choice award from BBC Music Magazine.  In the 2013-2014 season, Duo Sonidos toured the US making major city debuts in Baltimore, Washington, DC, Philadelphia, Charlotte, and Detroit, plus the first live joint radio broadcast performance between WGBH Boston and WFMT Chicago.

From 2008-2011, Levin was honored as a Fulbright Scholar as well as grant awards from the Program for Cultural Cooperation Fellowship (promoting cultural understanding between Spain and the United States) and the Kate Neal Kinley Fellowship, to research contemporary Spanish guitar repertoire in Madrid, Spain. His three-year residency resulted in a major collaboration with 30 Spanish composers spanning four generations, who each wrote works commissioned by and dedicated to Levin.  In 2012, production began on a four volume encyclopedic recording project with Naxos and companion publication Brotons y Mercadal Edicions Musicals, to document these pieces.  The first recording in the series, 21st Century Spanish Guitar, Volume 1, was released by Naxos in 2013 to rave reviews, garnering accolades from Classical Guitar Magazine, Soundboard, American Record Guide, and both Recording of the Month and Recording of the Year awards from MusicWeb International, where critic Brian Reinhart wrote, “These composers could not have asked for a better, more thoughtful and dedicated guitarist to premiere their works... one of the most exciting guitar series of the century so far.”  For his promotion, interpretation and performance of Spanish music, he was nominated for the 2011 Trujamán Prize, in which only three guitarists worldwide are selected annually.

Levin’s critically acclaimed discography also includes his debut album, In the Beginning [ALR, 2009], which was lauded as “absolutely thrilling… will dazzle and entertain at every possible opportunity” by Minor 7th Magazine; Music from Out of Time [La Communidad de Madrid, 2010] featuring world-premiere solo and chamber works by contemporary Spanish composers; and Fuego de la Luna [Verso, 2011] showcasing the complete guitar works of Spanish-Cuban composer Eduardo Morales-Caso. 

As an ambassador of the guitar, Mr. Levin is dedicated to sharing a comprehensive repertoire in underserved areas and unconventional spaces. As part of a fundraising effort for Hurricane Katrina victims, Adam directed the Concert for Gulf-Coast Aid, which raised $10,000 dollars for hurricane relief. He was awarded an Albert Schweitzer Fellowship in 2007, encompassing 200 hours of innovative community work in Boston area schools, homeless shelters, rehabilitation centers, halfway houses, and prisons.

A native of Chicago’s North Shore, Adam holds bachelor’s degrees from Northwestern University in Music Performance, Psychology, and Pre-Med. Under the tutelage of Eliot Fisk, Levin completed his master’s degree in guitar performance at New England Conservatory in Boston. His esteemed teachers have included Oscar Ghiglia, Gabriel Estarellas, Anne Waller, Mark Maxwell, and Paul Henry. Adam is currently the co-director of the annual Boston Guitarfest Young Guitarists Workshop and teaches guitar at the University of Massachusetts at Boston and Middlesex College.

 Adam Levin performs exclusively on Royal Classics strings.  


Trujamán Nomination for interpretation of Spanish Music
Spain, 2011

1st Prize: IX Luys Milan International Chamber Music Competition
Spain, 2010

Prize Winner: XXXIV Concorso Internazionale Di Gargnano
Italy, 2009

Prize Winner: in X Concurso Internacional de les Corts
Spain, 2009

Prize Winner: Boston GuitarFest
Boston, 2007

1st Prize: Schubert Guitar Competition
St. Paul, 2005

1st Prize: Society of American Musicians Competition
Chicago, 2000



1st Prize: Kate Neal Kinley Fellowship and Competition
Spain, 2010- 2011

Fulbright Scholarship
Spain, 2008-2010

Program for Cultural Cooperation Fellowship
Spain, 2009

Diploma di Merito: L’Accademia Musicale Chigiana
Siena, Italy, 2005-2008

Albert Schweitzer Fellowship
Boston, 2007–2008


Adam Levin has active professional relationships with the foremost Spanish composers of the last four generations. With the support of the Fulbright Scholarship, the Kate Neal Kinley Fellowship and the US and Spanish embassies, he has commissioned 30 new works for the solo guitar, each of which will be premiered on four new recordings and published in a seven volume manuscript series. He has already premiered a number of these works in countries such as Spain, Italy, France, Germany and the United states.

Commissions Received


Year Premiered

Viento de Primavera

David del Puerto


La Fragua de Vulcano

Eduardo Morales-Caso



Eduardo Morales-Caso


El Jinete Azul

Eduardo Morales-Caso


Music from Out of Time

Mario Gosalvez-Blanco


Tríptico y Habanera

Carlos Perón Cano



Octavio Vasquez


Caprichos No.8 Abstracciones de Albeniz

Leonardo Balada


Secuencias Sefardí

Carlos Cruz de Castro


El aguijón de las sombras

Carlos Satué


Les ones, el mar, el blau

Jordi Rossinyol


El hombre que plantaba arboles

Laura Vega


Estudie de Concert: D’embarbussament

Feliu Gasull



Juan Manuel Ruiz


Dos Canciones Sefarditas

Marisa Manchado



Jesús Torres



José Luis Turina



Raquel Rodriguez


Two New Suggestions

Salvador Brotons



Ricardo Llorca


Preludio y Danza

Mario Carro



Gustavo Díaz-Jerez


Tres Piezas

Benet Casablancas



Vicente Roncero


Tres Piezas

Marc Lopez Godoy


El Pozo Amargo

Agustin Castilla-Avila


Five Flavors

Jose Luis Greco


Sonata Vasca

Javier Jacinto



Commissions Pending:

-José María Sánchez-Verdú
-Consuelo Diez
-Daniel Mateos


In addition to performing and giving master classes, Adam Levin is dedicated to teaching the next generation of aspiring musicians.  He has over 10 years' experience teaching both children and adults through his private studio and various teaching appointments in the United States and abroad. He has made it his mission as well to teach adolescents and adults in underserved areas in Chicago, Boston and throughout Spain.  Adam is a firm believer in the democratic quality of the guitar, its blindness to culture, race and class and its unique potential for bringing serious music to persons who might not otherwise seek exposure to it.  With this in mind, Adam Levin has sought out students speaking English as a second language, especially the large Spanish-speaking population in America.  Having lived abroad in Spain for three years as a Fulbright Scholar and guitar professor, he now teaches lessons in both English and Spanish. Lessons are taught in a way that inspires both a sense of mastery and enjoyment in the understanding and performance of music.  Finding each students’s aesthetic niche, creating a manageable practice regimen, developing technical facility and formulating sound musical interpretation are all a part of Adam Levin's approach to teaching the guitar.

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