JODI LEVITZ violist
Professor of Viola at the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami
and Artistic Director of Stamps Ensembles
Co-Artistic Director Zephyr International Chamber Music Course & Festival
2011 recipient of the Sarlo Family Foundation Award for Excellence in Teaching
Jodi Levitz is an active performer of international reputation and a passionate advocate of new music for viola. She was principal viola and soloist with the Italian chamber group I Solisti Veneti for 12 years, a position she won while still a student at The Juilliard School.
She has performed as soloist throughout Europe, South America, North America and Asia, and recorded works for the Concerto, Dynamic, Naxos and Erato labels. A passionate pedagogue, she served on the faculties of the Ars Musica Academy at Imola, Progetto Orchestra and numerous European summer festivals, and presently serves as co-artistic director of the Zephyr International Chamber Music Festival in Courmayeur, Italy. Her former students have won first prize awards in the Walter W. Naumburg and Fischoff chamber music competitions, hold positions in major orchestras and teaching institutions, and are musical activists throughout the world.
Levitz attended The Juilliard School Pre-College Division from age 12 and received a B.M. and M.M. from Juilliard. Her principal teachers were Margaret Pardee, Paul Doktor, William Lincer and Dorothy DeLay, and she studied chamber music with members of the Juilliard Quartet, Felix Galimir and Josef Gingold.
Professor of Viola and Chamber Music, Chair of Chamber Music and Chair of Strings San Francisco Conservatory of Music from 2001-2017, she also served on the board of the San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music and is the former violist of the Ives Quartet.