DANIEL LEVY
 

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 of ‘intuition’.

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.
 

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