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LEE LUVISI – PIANIST

Autographed sepia press photograph of the American pianist reading a score at the piano, c. 1957 the time of his Carnegie Hall debut.

Luvisi (1937 -     ) is a name that is not as recognizable as it should as if by design.  He grew up in Louisville, Kentucky studying with Isidore Philippe’s pupil Dwight Anderson.  He gained admission to Curtis in 1951, where he was a pupil of both Rudolf Serkin and Mieczyslaw Horszowski.  He made his Carngie Hall debut on November 6, 1957 with an ambitious program in the main hall including three Scarlatti sonatas, Beethoven’s sonata No. 26, “Les Adieux”, Ravel’s “Gaspard de la Nuit” all followed by Schumann’s “Carnaval”.  We could not find a review, but the concert launched what looked to be a major career.  Curtis was delighted with him and retained him on their major piano faculty.  A year later, he returned to Carnegie Hall playing Beethoven’s 5th piano concerto “The Emperor” under Leonard Bernstein and the New York Philharmonic.  Once again we could not find a review.  However, in 1960 he placed third in the Queen Elisabeth Competition in The Netherlands.  By his next concert at Carnegie Hall in 1963, he received a review in the “New York Times” from Howard Klein which described the recital as a “brilliant program”, “technical fluency” and “scrupulous musician”.  By that point he had moved home to Kentucky to accept the post of Artist In Residence at The University of Louisville’s Department of Music, a position he held until 2001.  The position allowed him to teach and perform in his home town and also allowed him to tour throughout the United States and the world, especially in the 1960’s and 1970’s.  He has also widely performed with chamber groups like the Guarneri Quartet, the Juillard Quartet, The Cleveland Quartet and the Emerson Quartet.  Luvisi has also accompanied a wide array of soloists and singers, in particular a long association with mezzo Benita Valente.   He is widely recorded and a number of selections are available on YouTube.

Uncommon debut photograph.