Professor Erik Levi

Professor Erik Levi

Visiting Professor - Music

Phone: +44 1784 443535

Personal profile

  • Erik Levi is Visiting Professor in Music at Royal Holloway, having formerly been Professor of Music and Director of Performance there up to 2015. He studied in the Universities of Cambridge and York and at Berlin Staatliche Hochschule für Musik. An extremely versatile musician, he has interests both in the academic and practical aspects of music, having become a worldwide authority on German music of the 20th century especially during the Nazi era  with the  pioneering books Music in the Third Reich (1994) and Mozart and the Nazis (2010). He has also worked as a professional accompanist, appearing at the South Bank and Wigmore Hall, the Aldeburgh Festival and on over thirty BBC Recordings. A frequent broadcaster for BBC Radio 3, he also works regularly as a music journalist writing articles and CD reviews for BBC Music Magazine and International Piano. Erik Levi is also Academic Director of the International Centre for Suppressed Music at Royal Holloway,  and has organised a number of Conferences on topics that include music and national identity in the 1930s, the composition class of Franz Schreker, Music and Displacement, the impact of Nazism on twentieth-century music, Hanns Eisler and England  and most recently Music under German Occupation during the Second World War.  The research students he has supervised  have submitted PhDs on a wide range of topics including the use of Kitsch  and popular culture  in opera during the Weimar Republic, Paul Bekker, Alfredo Casella and Italian Fascism, the music of Matyas Seiber, the musical press in Franco’s Spain, Music during the First World War in Britain, and Alan Bush and the London Labour Choral Union. 

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