Guitar-Violin Duo to Make Texas Debut at UT Dallas

Duo Sonidos

Guitarist Adam Levin and violinist William Knuth are Duo Sonidos, which is performing Saturday.

UT Dallas will present the Texas recital debut of Duo Sonidos on Saturday, Jan. 26, at 8 p.m. in the Alexander Clark Center. 

The event is free for students and open to the public.

The Duo consists of guitarist Adam Levin and violinist William Knuth. The two aim to bring new interpretations of chamber music to audiences across the globe while expanding the repertoire for violin and guitar.

Duo Sonidos will perform several original transcriptions of Baroque masterworks in the first half of their program, including pieces by J.S. Bach, G.F. Handel, Arcangelo Corelli and Fritz Kreisler.

The second half of the program will feature the world premiere of a new violin and guitar suite, Jardin Bajo la Luna. The piece was written by Spanish composer David Del Puerto, and was commissioned by and dedicated to Duo Sonidos in 2011.

The concert will also include other works by Spanish composers, including original transcriptions of Cinco Canciones Negras by Xavier Montsalvatge and Homenaje by Eduardo Morales-Caso. Adam Levin will also perform two guitar solos: the Prelude "Obsession"  from Sonata No. 5 by Eugene Ysaye and Handeliana by Spanish composer Ricardo Llorca.

In December 2010, Duo Sonidos was awarded first prize at the Luys Milán International Chamber Music Competition in Valencia, Spain.  Their self-titled debut album was released in 2010 featuring fresh transcriptions of standard works by Astor Piazzolla and Manuel de Falla, and contemporary works by Salvador Brotons and Eduardo Morales-Caso. The CD garnered a US Choice recommendation from BBC Music Magazine in May 2012.

Levin holds degrees from Northwestern University in music performance and psychology. He also completed a master’s degree at New England Conservatory in Boston.  He was professor of guitar at Amadeus Escuela de Música in Madrid and is the co-director of Boston Guitar Immersion, which offers comprehensive guitar instruction to independent schools.

William Knuth studied violin at the New England Conservatory of Music under Nicholas Kitchen of the Borromeo Quartet and at the Eastman School of Music under Lynn Blakeslee and the Ying Quartet.  He spent two years on a Fulbright award studying at the Vienna Universitat fur Musik und darstellende Kunst.  He has been a featured performer multiple times for members of the United Nations Council as well as foreign ambassadors from Russia, Spain, Germany and Austria.

Ticket Prices and Policies

The School of Arts and Humanities announces a new ticket pricing policy for faculty and staff.

Faculty and staff members presenting their UT Dallas Comet Cards will now be admitted free of charge at the ticket office on the evening of an event. In addition, they may buy up to four additional tickets for this concert at the discounted price of $5.

Tickets will continue to be free to UT Dallas students with valid identification.

Tickets for Saturday’s concert are $20 for general admission and $10 for non-UT Dallas students. The ticket office is open 2 to 5 p.m. Friday and one hour before show time. Tickets can be purchased in advance online or by calling 972-883-2552. Tickets purchased in advance may be picked up at the door prior to the show. 

Media Contact: The Office of Media Relations, UT Dallas, (972) 883-2155, [email protected].