GRAMMY Award nominated pianist Mark Livshits is one of the most highly sought-after soloists and chamber musicians in Philadelphia. He appears frequently in concert with members of the Philadelphia Orchestra, as well as with the orchestra as a substitute in the keyboard section.

In addition to performances at the Salzburg Festival, solo recitals at the Shanghai Oriental Arts Center, and Bilbao Philharmonic Society, Dr. Livshits has also worked closely with musicians such as Yannick Nezet Seguin, Stephane Denève, Michael Tilson Thomas, Nikolaj Znaider, Leonidas Kovakos, Lynn Harrell, Christoph Eschenbach, Alisa Weilerstein, Measha Brueggergosman, Dave Brubeck and Deutsche Grammophon recording artist, YeEun Choi under the auspices of IMG Artists and the Anne-Sophie Mutter Foundation.

In 2015, he was called to replace Yannick NezetSeguin in a chamber music performance of Brahms' 3rd Piano Quartet with members from the Philadelphia Orchestra, and has been invited to perform in chamber programs with members of the orchestra since then. He is often called to play orchestral piano in the orchestra as well. Dr. Livshits has received invitations to perform for dignitaries such as Secretary of State Colin Powell and Vice President Joe Biden. An active chamber musician, Livshits noted that “Many artists have proven time and time again why a Steinway is the first choice of the world’s top soloists, but chamber music and new music don’t necessarily get the same time in the spotlight. I am constantly enamored of the endless colors a Steinway affords me and how crucial that is in chamber and new music.”

He currently serves on the faculty of the McDuffie Center for Strings in Macon, Georgia as a Faculty Accompanist, and is a Staff Pianist at the University of Delaware. He also serves on the faculty at the Philadelphia International Music Festival. Dr. Livshits recently joined the Piano Faculty of Franklin and Marshall College. Mark Livshits is a Steinway Artist.

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In this episode, we deconstruct the notion that classical music is always sophisticated and put-together with Steinway Artist Mark Livshits. We have a candid conversation about his experiences with ADHD, performance injuries, and loneliness in classical music. Despite these struggles, we also share fun and hilarious stories of the joys of being a musician.