Cellist and Pedagogue Daniel Levitov maintains a vibrant career as a performer and educator. Levitov performs locally and nationally as a soloist, chamber, and orchestral musician. Recognized by the Baltimore Sun for his “warmth of tone and phrasing” and “expressive force,” he is a founding member of the Clipper Mill String Quartet. Levitov also serves as a substitute cellist with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO), and appears frequently with members of the symphony on the Chamber Music by Candlelight series. Levitov has performed as a soloist in Carnegie Weill Hall, on Strathmore Hall’s Music in the Mansion series, and at the Peabody Institute. He has performed as a concerto soloist with the Pazardjik Symphony (Bulgaria), the Manhattan Virtuosi, the Mendocino Festival Orchestra, and the Peabody Camarata. Levitov performed as a member of the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music under the direction of Marin Alsop. He recorded the jazz album, Moment to Moment: Roy Hargrove with Strings, which was released on the Verve label, and was a member of the Monterey Jazz Festival Chamber Orchestra.
Levitov is Associate Chair of Strings, Lower Strings and Director of Chamber Music at the Peabody Institute Preparatory of the Johns Hopkins University. He is the conductor of the Peabody Young Artists Orchestra (YAO). Levitov is also directs the string ensembles at the Bryn Mawr School in Baltimore. He has previously served as assistant professor of cello at the Sunderman Conservatory of Music at Gettysburg College. Levitov gives master classes and workshops across the country, including recent master classes for Indiana String Academy, University of Maryland, ASTA and the National Orchestra Festival, and was recently featured on CelloBello CelloChat. During the summer, he has served on the faculties of the HIMA USA, Killington, Credo, and Foulger music festivals. Levitov’s students have won several competitions including ASTA and Washington Performing Arts Society, and have been accepted to major conservatories and summer festivals such as Northwestern, Juilliard, Oberlin, the Cleveland Institute, the Meadowmount School of Music, and Heifetz International Music Institute.
Levitov is active as a speaker and writer as well. He presents regularly at the American String Teachers Association (ASTA) National Conferences, and has published in Strings magazine. His teaching was featured in The Strad in the November 2020 issue. Levitov is the contributing editor for “Two Octave Scales and Bowings for Cello” by Susan C. Brown, published by Tempo Press, and the arranger for “Song Without Words,” (Hensel), published in 2021. He is a past president of the Maryland/DC ASTA chapter.
A native of Nebraska, Levitov holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the City University of New York. He did his undergraduate work at the Oberlin Conservatory and received his Master of Music degree from the Manhattan School of Music, where he received the Janet Schenk award for distinguished service. Levitov has studied with cellists David Geber, Julia Lichten, Peter Rejto, Carol Work and Tracy Sands.