DANIEL LEVY is
a world-renowned classical pianist, author of the pioneering book
‘Euphony: The Sound of Life’ and co-founder of the cultural and
educational organisation, the INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY OF EUPHONY.
During a successful 40-year career he has coupled a busy schedule of
musical activity with a leading role as a researcher and educator,
delivering workshops, seminars and conferences, dedicated to the
development of techniques derived from studies and experiences
regarding the effect of sound and music (as a Science/Art) on the
environment and the human psyche.
In 2005, a project based upon the teachings of ‘EUPHONY’ was
selected from among hundreds of proposals to be part of Socrates
Grundtvig I (the European Union’s renowned adult educational
programmes). He is currently embarking upon a series of seminars
focused on educating people in the ‘Art of Listening – An
Introduction to Euphony’, as a means to expanding our awareness of
Sound in all its manifestations in order to improve human
relationships at a personal and group level.
DANIEL LEVY was born in Buenos Aires in 1947. He began his musical
studies at the age of six. He won many national and international
piano competitions, among them the ‘Jeunesses Musicales’ and the ‘Mozarteum’,
and began his concert career at seventeen, performing in major
concert halls and appearing on radio and television.
At the same time, he commenced studies in philosophy, comparative
religion and musicology, carrying out seminars, courses and
conferences. Between 1968 and 1972 he organised three international
exhibitions of ancient musical instruments from Asia, Africa, the
Americas and Europe.
In 1971, he founded the Latin American branch of the International
Institute for Comparative Music Studies and Documentation (Berlin-Venice)
in Buenos Aires and was nominated as a member of ASAM (Argentinean
Association of Music Therapy) to become a professor of Musical
Language at the University of the Social Museum of Buenos Aires. He
participated in many round-tables and wrote articles for the
Magazine of Music Therapy.
His interest in the origins of music and the psycho-physiological
effects of sound brought him to Venice in 1973, where he worked with
the esteemed musicologist Alain Daniélou, at the International
Institute of Comparative Music (UNESCO), in the Cini Foundation on
the island of San Giorgio Maggiore. He was nominated general
secretary of the institute, where he carried out research on the
theory of Asian music in ancient Sanskrit manuscripts.
DANIEL LEVY has also worked with the renowned musicologist Marius
Schneider, author of the book ‘The Meaning of Music’.
His contact with Asian music led him to diffuse these musical
languages in the most important European music centres through
courses, concerts and listening workshops. He organised various
concerts of classical Asian and European music at the ‘Palazzo
Ducale’, ‘Palazzo Grassi’ and at the University of Venice.
He studied Extra-European musical aesthetics and met with prominent
musicians from many different traditions. He was invited to give
seminars on the philosophy and symbolism of music at the ‘Festival
de Royan’, at Venice’s Biennale, at the Universities of Perugia and
Messina and at the Faculty of Oriental Languages in Venice.
In 1977 he founded ‘Ethos * Harmonic School of Venice’, with the
purpose of promoting an integral transformation of the human being,
through philosophical and artistic themes leading to the development
In 1983 he founded the Planetarium of Arts in Venice as a
consequence of the work carried out at ‘Ethos * Harmonic School of
Venice’. He helped to diffuse a new vision on the function and role
of music and of the musician, through a fervent educational activity
that, for over 20 years, created festivals, concerts, exhibitions,
master-classes, round-tables and publications.
In 1986 he published his first book, ‘Euphony: The Sound of Life’.
As one critic aptly described it: ‘the book treats the essence of
Sound, acoustics of the Self, the relationship of Sound and Space,
Resonance, Vibration, Harmony and the experience of Self both in
sound and, perhaps more importantly, in silence’.
Within the same year, he recorded for RAI, Radio Suisse Romande, and
Radio Svizzera Italiana, and produced five programmes dedicated to
the world of sound. His second book, Eternal Beauty, published in
Venice, was warmly received by both public and critics.
In 1997 he composed ‘The Seven Tones of Balance’, a series of pieces
inspired by Pythagoras’ musical theory, which represent an important
contribution to all those who have an interest in music therapy. The
series was recorded by the SYNTONY label, in London.
Since 2005, he has been the Main Tutor of the European Union’s
Socrates Grundtvig I ‘Euphony’ project. The project is scheduled to
be taught within some of Europe’s main Universities and cultural
associations, with current partners based in the UK, Cyprus, Finland,
Lithuania, Austria and Italy. At present, he is leading an
initiative to educate Professors of Euphony, with the eventual
purpose of disseminating the programme across the whole of Europe.
He is the co-founder of the INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY OF EUPHONY, which
is currently developing an intensive world-wide programme of
educational and artistic activities, including ongoing courses,
seminars, workshops, publications, exhibitions and concerts.