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Lee Luvisi Collection

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Abstract

Title:
Lee Luvisi Collection
Author/Creator:
Luvisi, Lee
Collection number:
0
Size:
11.00 linear feet
Bulk dates:
1957-1994
Inclusive dates:
1904-2007
Collection Area:
International Piano Archives at Maryland
Repository:
International Piano Archives at Maryland, University of Maryland Libraries, College Park, MD 20472, Tel: 301.405.9224, Email: godowsky@umd.edu
Abstract:

Lee Luvisi (1937--) was an American pianist. He has performed both solo works and chamber music pieces, and he has been both Artist in Residence at the University of Louisville School of Music in Kentucky and an Artist Member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. This collection contains concert programs, reviews, articles, CDs, VHS tapes, correspondence, contracts, repertoire, photographs, and memorabilia related to Luvisis career, the ensembles he was involved in, and his relationships with his colleagues, including violinist Alexander Schneider, his teachers, Rudolf Serkin and Mieczyslaw Horszowski, and their wives, Irene Serkin and Bice Horszowski.

Important Information for Users of the Collection

Restrictions:

There are no restricted files in this collection.

Preferred citation:

Lee Luvisi Collection, Special Collections, University of Maryland Libraries.

Alternate formats:

An item-level inventory of Luvisi's live and commercially recorded CDs and VHS tapes is available upon request. There are 90 CDs and 3 VHS tapes available in the collection.

Status:

This collection is PROCESSED.

Historical Note

Summary: Lee Luvisi was born on December 12, 1937, in Louisville, Kentucky. He served as a member of the major piano faculty at Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia (1957-1963) and as Artist in Residence at the University of Louisville School of Music (1963-2001). Luvisi also participated in performance activities across all fifty states and in Canada, Mexico, Australia, and Europe, including a marathon of the complete solo works of Beethoven, and was an Artist Member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center (circa 1983-2003).

Full History: Lee Luvisi was born on December 12, 1937, in Louisville, Kentucky. His principal studies there were with Dwight Anderson, a pupil of Isidore Philipp. At 14, he was admitted to the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia where he became a student of Rudolf Serkin and Mieczyslaw Horszowski. Upon his graduation in 1957 he was appointed to the major piano faculty. Luvisi made his Carnegie Hall recital debut in 1957 and made his first appearance with the New York Philharmonic two years later. In 1960, he was a bronze medalist in the Queen Elisabeth of Belgium competition in Brussels. In 1959, Luvisi married Nina Hussey, and had a child, Brian, in 1960. Luvisi moved with his family back to Louisville in when became Artist in Residence at the University of Louisville School of Music (1963-2001).

Luvisi's performance activities included many engagements across all fifty states, as well as in Canada, Mexico, Australia and Europe. He has been soloist with nearly every important orchestra in North America and conductors such as Leonard Bernstein, Eugene Ormandy, William Steinberg, Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, Sir Neville Marriner and Robert Shaw. He appeared in London, Vienna, Berlin and other major capitals. As a chamber pianist, Luvisi has collaborated with many famous musicians and ensembles, including the Juilliard, Guarneri, Cleveland and Emerson Quartets, and artists such as Itzhak Perlman, Pinchas Zukerman, Alexander Schneider, Leonard Rose, Richard Stoltzman, Jan DeGaetani, Frederica von Stade, Benita Valente and Dawn Upshaw. For two decades (circa 1983-2003), he was an Artist Member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.

Luvisi participated in the Marlboro, Aspen, Casals, Mostly Mozart, Chamber Music Northwest, Chautauqua and Tanglewood summer festivals, among others. He can be heard on the Delos, Bridge, Arabesque and Louisville Orchestra First Edition recording labels. During the 2000/01 season Mr. Luvisi presented the complete solo piano works of Beethoven in a twelve-concert series in his native city where, ten years earlier, he undertook a similar marathon of Mozart's complete solo keyboard compositions to celebrate that composer's bicentennial.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Lee Luvisi Collection covers the period from 1904-2007; the bulk of the materials date from 1957-1994. The collection consists of concert programs, reviews, articles, CDs, VHS tapes, correspondence, contracts, repertoire, photographs, and memorabilia related to Luvisis performance career, including his work at the University of Louisville, the Aspen Music Festival, and the Brevard Music Center, and with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.

Custodial History and Acquisition Information

This collection was donated by Lee Luvisi in 2000-2001.

Processing Information

Processed by:

This collection was processed by Max Brown and Elizabeth Mason.

Encoded by:

EAD markup created using EAD database in Microsoft Access. Markup completed by Elizabeth J. Mason, March 2013.

Detailed Description of the Collection

Series 1: Performance Files, 1945-2007 (5.00 Linear Feet)

This series contains programs and reviews of Luvisis concerts. Materials are arranged chronologically by performance date.

Subseries 1.1: Miscellaneous Concert Programs, 1945-2007 (3.00 Linear Feet)

This subseries contains programs of Luvisis various concerts.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Programs, 1945-1952series 1.1box 1folder 1
Programs, 1953-1957series 1.1box 1folder 2
Programs, 1957-1958series 1.1box 1folder 3
Programs, 1958-1959series 1.1box 1folder 4
Programs, 1959-1960series 1.1box 1folder 5
Programs, 1960-1961series 1.1box 1folder 6
Programs, 1961-1962series 1.1box 1folder 7
Programs, 1962-1963series 1.1box 1folder 8
Programs, 1963-1964series 1.1box 1folder 9
Programs, 1964-1965series 1.1box 1folder 10
Programs, 1965-1966series 1.1box 1folder 11
Programs, 1966-1967series 1.1box 1folder 12
Programs, 1967-1968series 1.1box 1folder 13
Programs, 1968-1969series 1.1box 1folder 14
Programs, 1969-1970series 1.1box 1folder 15
Programs, 1970-1971series 1.1box 1folder 16
Programs, 1971-1972series 1.1box 1folder 17
Programs, 1972-1973series 1.1box 2folder 1
Programs, 1973-1974series 1.1box 2folder 2
Programs, 1974-1975series 1.1box 2folder 3
Programs, 1975-1976series 1.1box 2folder 4
Programs, 1976-1977series 1.1box 2folder 5
Programs, 1977-1978series 1.1box 2folder 6
Programs, 1978-1979series 1.1box 2folder 7
Programs, 1979-1980series 1.1box 2folder 8
Programs, 1980-1981series 1.1box 3folder 1
Programs, 1981-1982series 1.1box 3folder 2
Programs, 1982-1983series 1.1box 3folder 3
Programs, 1983-1984series 1.1box 3folder 4
Programs, 1984-1985series 1.1box 3folder 5
Programs, 1985-1986series 1.1box 3folder 6
Programs, 1986-1987series 1.1box 3folder 7
Programs, 1987-1988series 1.1box 4folder 1
Programs, 1988-1989series 1.1box 4folder 2
Programs, 1989-1990series 1.1box 4folder 3
Programs, 1990-1991series 1.1box 4folder 4
Programs, 1991-1992series 1.1box 4folder 5
Programs, 1992-1993series 1.1box 4folder 6
Programs, 1993-1994series 1.1box 4folder 7
Programs, 1994-1995series 1.1box 4folder 8
Programs, 1995-1996series 1.1box 5folder 1
Programs, 1996-1997series 1.1box 5folder 2
Programs, 1997-1998series 1.1box 5folder 3
Programs, 1998-1999series 1.1box 5folder 4
Programs, 1999-2000series 1.1box 5folder 5
Programs, 2000-2001series 1.1box 5folder 6
Programs, 2001-2002series 1.1box 5folder 7
Programs, 2002-2003series 1.1box 5folder 8
Programs, 2003-2007series 1.1box 5folder 9

Subseries 1.2: Chamber Music Society Lincoln Center Programs, 1980-2002

This subseries contains programs of Luvisis concerts with the Chamber Music Society Lincoln Center.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Chamber Music Society Lincoln Center Programs, 1980-1983series 1.2box 6folder 1
Chamber Music Society Lincoln Center Programs, 1984series 1.2box 6folder 2
Chamber Music Society Lincoln Center Programs, 1985series 1.2box 6folder 3
Chamber Music Society Lincoln Center Programs, 1986series 1.2box 6folder 4
Chamber Music Society Lincoln Center Programs, 1987series 1.2box 6folder 5
Chamber Music Society Lincoln Center Programs, 1988-1989series 1.2box 6folder 6
Chamber Music Society Lincoln Center Programs, 1990series 1.2box 6folder 7
Chamber Music Society Lincoln Center Programs, 1991series 1.2box 6folder 8
Chamber Music Society Lincoln Center Programs, 1992series 1.2box 6folder 9
Chamber Music Society Lincoln Center Programs, 1993series 1.2box 6folder 10
Chamber Music Society Lincoln Center Programs, 1994series 1.2box 7folder 1
Chamber Music Society Lincoln Center Programs, 1995-1996series 1.2box 7folder 2
Chamber Music Society Lincoln Center Programs, 1997-1998series 1.2box 7folder 3
Chamber Music Society Lincoln Center Programs, 1999series 1.2box 7folder 4
Chamber Music Society Lincoln Center Programs, 2000-2002series 1.2box 7folder 5

Subseries 1.3: Aspen, Brevard, and Louisville Programs, 1956-2004

This subseries contains programs of Luvisis concerts at the Aspen Music Festival, at the Brevard Music Center, and with the University of Louisville Orchestra.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Brevard Music Center Programs, 1965-1971series 1.3box 7folder 6
Aspen Festival Programs, 1972-1992series 1.3box 7folder 7
Louisville Orchestra Programs, 1956-1975series 1.3box 7folder 8
Louisville Orchestra Programs, 1975-1982series 1.3box 7folder 9
Louisville Orchestra Programs, 1983-1992series 1.3box 7folder 10
Louisville Orchestra Programs, 1994-2004series 1.3box 7folder 11

Subseries 1.4: Concert Reviews, 1946-2004

This subseries contains reviews and articles of Luvisis concerts.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Reviews, Articles, 1946-1952series 1.4box 8folder 1
Reviews, Articles, 1953-1957series 1.4box 8folder 2
Reviews, 1957-1958series 1.4box 8folder 3
Reviews, 1958-1959series 1.4box 8folder 4
Reviews, 1959-1960series 1.4box 8folder 5
Reviews, 1960-1961series 1.4box 8folder 6
Reviews, 1961-1962series 1.4box 8folder 7
Reviews, 1962-1963series 1.4box 8folder 8
Reviews, 1963-1964series 1.4box 8folder 9
Reviews, 1964-1965series 1.4box 8folder 10
Reviews, 1965-1966series 1.4box 8folder 11
Reviews, 1966-1967series 1.4box 8folder 12
Reviews, 1967-1968series 1.4box 8folder 13
Reviews, 1968-1969series 1.4box 8folder 14
Reviews, 1969-1970series 1.4box 8folder 15
Reviews, 1970-1971series 1.4box 8folder 16
Reviews, 1971-1972series 1.4box 8folder 17
Reviews, 1972-1973series 1.4box 8folder 18
Reviews, 1973-1974series 1.4box 8folder 19
Reviews, 1974-1975series 1.4box 8folder 20
Reviews, 1975-1976series 1.4box 8folder 21
Reviews, 1976-1977series 1.4box 8folder 22
Reviews, 1977-1978series 1.4box 8folder 23
Reviews, 1978-1979series 1.4box 8folder 24
Reviews, 1979-1980series 1.4box 8folder 25
Reviews, 1980-1981series 1.4box 8folder 26
Reviews, 1981-1982series 1.4box 8folder 27
Reviews, 1982-1983series 1.4box 8folder 28
Reviews, 1983-1984series 1.4box 8folder 29
Reviews, 1984-1985series 1.4box 8folder 30
Reviews, 1985-1986series 1.4box 8folder 31
Reviews, 1986-1987series 1.4box 8folder 32
Reviews, 1987-1988series 1.4box 8folder 33
Reviews, 1988-1989series 1.4box 8folder 34
Reviews, 1989-1990series 1.4box 8folder 35
Reviews, 1990-1991series 1.4box 8folder 36
Reviews, 1991-1992series 1.4box 9folder 1
Reviews, 1992-1993series 1.4box 9folder 2
Reviews, 1993-1994series 1.4box 9folder 3
Reviews, 1994-1995series 1.4box 9folder 4
Reviews, 1995-1996series 1.4box 9folder 5
Reviews, 1996-1997series 1.4box 9folder 6
Reviews, 1997-1998series 1.4box 9folder 7
Reviews, 1998-1999series 1.4box 9folder 8
Reviews, 1999-2000series 1.4box 9folder 9
Reviews, 2000-2001series 1.4box 9folder 10
Reviews, 2001-2002series 1.4box 9folder 11
Reviews, 2002-2003series 1.4box 9folder 12
Reviews, 2003-2004series 1.4box 9folder 13

Series 2: Recordings, 1976-2004, and Undated (4.00 Linear Feet; 93 Recordings)

This series contains CDs of Luvisis recordings, including commercially issued recordings and live CD-R recordings. Materials are arranged alphabetically by composers name.

Subseries 2.1: Live CD-R Recordings, 1976-2004, and Undated (75 CDs)

This subseries contains private, live CD-R recordings of Luvisis performances, including recordings of Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Chopin, Fauré, and Mozart pieces.

The box inventory for this subseries is not currently available online. Please refer to the subseries description above for a broad description of the materials or contact the department for more information.

Subseries 2.2: Commercially Issued CDs, 1978-2003, and Undated (15 CDs)

This subseries contains commercially issued CDs of Luvisis recordings, including recordings played on the University of Louisville station, recordings with the Louisville Orchestra, and recordings with the Arabesque, Bridge, Delos, and Eurodisc labels. Materials are arranged alphabetically by recording label.

The box inventory for this subseries is not currently available online. Please refer to the subseries description above for a broad description of the materials or contact the department for more information.

Subseries 2.3: VHS Tapes, 1985-1993 (3 VHS Tapes)

This subseries contains VHS Tapes of Luvisis performances at University of Louisville School of Music. Materials are arranged chronologically by performance date.

The box inventory for this subseries is not currently available online. Please refer to the subseries description above for a broad description of the materials or contact the department for more information.

Series 3: Correspondence, 1946-2004, and Undated (null)

This series contains Luvisis correspondence with Alexander Schneider, the Chamber Music Center of Lincoln, the University of Louisville, and other musical colleagues and personal friends. Materials are arranged chronologically by subject.

Subseries 3.1: Correspondence with Important People, 1952-2003, and Undated

This subseries contains Luvisis correspondence with violinist Alexander Schneider, Rudolf and Irene Serkin, and Mieczyslaw and Bice Horszowski.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Notes and Letters -- From Alexander Schneider, 1976-1983, and Undatedseries 3.1box 9folder 14
Notes and Letters -- From Rudolph and Irene Serkin/Mieczyslaw & Bice Horszowski, 1952-2003, and Undatedseries 3.1box 9folder 15

Subseries 3.2: CMLSC and University of Louisville Correspondence, 1963-2004

This subseries contains Luvisis correspondence and contracts with the University of Louisville, and a tribute to Luvisi containing correspondence from the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / FrameItem
CMLSC Tribute, 1986-2004series 3.2box 9folder 16
CMLSC Tribute, 1986-2004series 3.2box 9folder 16item 1.0
University of Louisville -- Selected Contracts and Correspondence, 1963-2003series 3.2box 9folder 17

Subseries 3.3: Miscellaneous Correspondence, 1946-2004, and Undated

This subseries contains correspondence with miscellaneous musical colleagues, teachers, and personal friends.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Notes and Letters -- From Miscellaneous Musical Colleagues, 1957-2001, and Undatedseries 3.3box 9folder 18
Miscellaneous Articles, Letters, Documents, Etc., 1946-2004series 3.3box 9folder 19

Series 4: Miscellaneous Material, 1904-2004, and Undated (null)

This series contains biographical materials, publicity flyers, photographs, contracts, tour schedules, and other miscellaneous memorabilia. Materials are arranged chronologically by subject.

Subseries 4.1: Biographical and Publicity, 1957-1974, and Undated

This subseries contains a biography of Luvisi and publicity flyers.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Biographical, Undatedseries 4.1box 9folder 20
Miscellaneous -- Publicity Flyers, Etc., 1957-1974, and Undatedseries 4.1box 10folder 1

Subseries 4.2: Contracts, 1959-2004

This subseries contains Luvisis original management contracts and his Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center contracts and tour schedules.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Original Management Contracts, 1959-2004series 4.2box 10folder 2
CMSLC Contracts & Tour Schedules, 1982-2003series 4.2box 10folder 3

Subseries 4.3: Miscellaneous Memorabilia, 1904-2004, and Undated

This subseries contains photographs, repertoire, cadenzas to Mozart concertos, memorabilia related to his concert with Queen Elizabeth of Belgium, and memorabilia related to Luvisis teacher, Mieczyslaw Horszowski.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / FrameItem
Miscellaneous Photographs, 1948-2001, and Undatedseries 4.3box 10folder 4
Repertoire, 2004series 4.3box 10folder 5
Repertoire, 2004series 4.3box 10folder 5item 1.0
Cadenzas to Mozart Concertos, Undatedseries 4.3box 10folder 6
Belgium Award, 1960series 4.3box 10folder 7
Mieczyslaw Horszowski -- Memorabilia, 1904-2004, and Undatedseries 4.3box 10folder 8

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