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Biography

 

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

His musical life began as an oboist, specializing on the English Horn, playing 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 musical director/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, Theodore Presser, Norsk Musikforlag, Bourne and many of his pieces can be seen and heard on Art of Sound Music. His shows have been produced in New York and around the country.

After a hiatus for the past few years Bruce has returned to writing new music and has added a number of pieces for solo instruments, a Septet, a woodwind quintet called The River, Phantasmagoria for brass sextet and New England Winter for chamber orchestra.

A 2019 Pushcart Prize nominee and a  2021 Spillwords Press Awards winner for poetry, his literary catalogue includes four novels, short stories, humorous sketches, flash fiction, poetry, essays, magazine articles, and a screenplay. Over three hundred of his works are published on over twenty-five on-line literary journals including Ariel Chart, Halcyon Days, Founder’s Favourites, Literary Yard; over sixty print books including Poetry Quarterly, Haiku Journal, Dual Coast Magazine, Tipton Poetry Journal.

A native Manhattanite, Bruce now lives and writes in Maine. His work is dedicated to the loving memory of his wife, dancer/actress, Lydia Franklin.  

 

 




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