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Biography

 

Bruce Levine, a native Manhattanite, has spent his life as a music and theatre professional, composer and a writer of fiction and poetry.

As an oboist, specializing on the English Horn, he played with such orchestras as the Boston Symphony under conductors including Sir Adrian Boult, Erich Leinsdorf and Gunther Schuller and was a member of the original Broadway cast of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead.

As a conductor/pianist he’s done everything from being the youngest musical director on Broadway to playing for Joni Mitchell in Madison Square Garden.

About his earliest compositions Leonard Bernstein said that they show “real musicality!”: he’s written a featured song for Sesame Street, arrangements for Barry Manilow and Stevie Wonder and classical pieces ranging from works for solo instruments to symphony orchestra; published by Carl Fischer, Bourne, Theodore Presser and many can be seen and heard on Art of Sound Music. His shows have been produced in New York and around the country.

Recently he’s focused on writing short stories and poetry, painting and photography. His literary catalogue includes four novels, short stories, humorous sketches, flash fiction, poetry, essays, magazine articles, a screenplay and are published on over twenty-five on-line literary journals and in thirty print books. His seven eBooks are available from Amazon.com.

His refocusing to painting and photography in recent years has developed as a culmination of these factors into his abstract expressionist style with a focus on color and balance. All of this, plus a love of his predecessors, such as Kandinsky, Miró, Klee and Calder, has lead him to create pieces of high energy and great freedom in his brushstrokes which he achieves with his two favorite “tools” – a 1 ˝ inch house-painting brush and a palette knife. Working mostly with acrylic paint, he has been able to obtain a flexible use of media that allows him the freedom to transcend static confines and look to new genres constantly.

“As a part of the musical Avant-garde in New York in the late 1960s and early 70s I was working on bending time. Now, with a paint brush and a palette knife, I am attempting to bend space through color and balance.”

He lives with his rescued Australian Shepherd, Daisy. His work is dedicated to the loving memory of his wife, dancer/actress, Lydia Franklin.  

 




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