West Sussex Guitar Club

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Hezy Levy

Hezy Levy is a professional musician who graduated the Academy of Music in Tel Aviv. He continued his vocal training and perfected his guitar playing in workshops in Israel and abroad, studying with renowned teachers. Levy is a rare example of a classical singer & guitar player (on a 19th century & a modern guitar) who is continuing in the tradition of troubadours of old. His repertoire varies from Renaissance and Classical songs which were originally meant to be played on a guitar (or on other Early music plucked instruments) to the 20th century. His personality and style are a fusion of cultures: Western (baroque, renaissance and classical) Eastern (Ladino and Yemenite) and modern Israeli (as a composer and performer).

Hezy levy was born in Israel. His musical training began at the age of six studying classical guitar. At age 10 he was the third prize winner in the 1st Israeli Children’s Song Festival. In his youth he participated in many talent shows and festivals as a singer and a guitarist. When he was 15 Mr. Levy began studying piano and vocal training while continuing to study guitar with the best teachers in Israel. During this time he began composing melodies, and continued his musical training at the Open University while concurrently seerving in the Israeli Defense Force.

After completing his military service Mr. Levy was accepted to Tel Aviv University’s Academy of Music where he received his B.A. He continued his vocal training and perfected his profession in Early Music workshops in Israel and abroad, studying with renowned teachers such as Jill Feldman, Emma Kirkby, Evelyn Tubb, Nigel Rogers and Anthony Rooley for vocal training, and Menashe Bakish, Yosi Yerushalmi, Jonathan Rubin, Michael Fields and others for guitar.

Mr. Levy sang in several choirs during the course of his training:
"The Camaran Singers"
the only professional choir in Israel.
"The Rinat Choir"
(the Israeli National Choir) as soloist during a U.S. concert tour, conducted by Stanley Sperber.
Various choirs in operatic productions such as "Aida" by Verdi, "Il Zauberflöte", "Cosi Fan Tutte" and "Don Giovanni" by Mozart, conducted by Zubin Mehta and Daniel Barenboim.

His solo performances are in the following fields:
Early Music
as a singer of oratorios and cantatas. Mr. Levy has appeared in all the important churches in Israel (Abu Gosh, Dormition, The Scottish Church in Jerusalem, The Church of the Loaves and Fishes in Tabha) performing arias and cantatas by Bach (BWV 173, 131, Actus Tragicus etc.), Pergolesi (Missa in C Minor) and others.
As a Troubadour singer
Mr. Levy’s specialization in both - singing and playing - makes him a rare example of a self- accompanied classical singer who is continuing the tradition of troubadours of old. As the pioneer reviving this style of performance Mr. Levy’s solo concerts in important festivals in Israel (Abu Gosh Festival) and abroad (Dartington Festival, UK) have been received with great enthusiasm.

Hexy Levy’s personality and style are a fusion of cultures:

Western - classical singer of Renaissance songs, Baroque arias, Lieder and operatic arias.

Eastern - singer of Ladino (Judaeo-Spanish language) and Yemenite songs.

Contemporary Israeli music - composer and performer.

"Hezy Levy charms the entire audience with his fine tenor voice and ebullient personality." - Emma Kirkby

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