Faculty: Dr. Mark Livshits (accompanist)

Dr. Mark Livshits, pianistGrammy-nominated pianist Mark Livshits is one of the most highly sought after soloists and chamber music musicians in Philadelphia, having collaborated with such renowned musicians as Leonidas Kovakos, Lynn Harrell, Christoph Eschenbach, Alisa Weilerstein, Measha Brueggergosman, Dave Brubeck and Michael Tilson Thomas. He has appeared as soloist in such venues as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, Verizon Hall, and the Academy of Music and has been invited to perform for dignitaries such as Colin Powell and Vice President Joe Biden. Dr. Livshits has also appeared internationally in concert at the Salzburg Festival, Shanghai Oriental Arts Center and in 2018, will look forward to engagements in Spain, Germany, and Australia with Deutsche Gramophone recording artist Ye-Eun Choi.

Dr. Livshits enjoys a very close working relationship with the Philadelphia Orchestra and music director Yannick Nezet-Seguin. In 2015, he appeared on the orchestra’s postlude chamber music series on a week’s notice replacing Nezet-Seguin as pianist in Johannes Brahms’ third piano quartet and in 2016 assisted in the rehearsal and premiere of Maurice Wright’s Timpani Concerto with Nezet-Seguin and the Orchestra. 2017 marked Dr. Livshits’ first appearances as part of the orchestra on the regular season subscription concerts. In addition, he can regularly be heard in recital with principal second violinist Kimberly Fisher and cellist John Koen. In addition to his concertizing, Dr. Livshits has taught at Temple University and maintains a presence as staff pianist at the University of Delaware and Haverford Colleges. In
the summer of 2017, Dr. Livshits was named an Astral Guest Artist.