Virtuoso - Bio
Maestro Gad Lev, the conductor and violinist, plays his unique orchestrated covers of all-time Pop and Rock hits.
He seeks to make quality music accessible to all and everywhere, also taking it places where you would never expect – he was the first musician to play while skydiving (reaching 204 Km/h), playing while immersed in the sea, while skiing and even on a 5G-force roller coaster, these combine his love for extremes and music.
As an orchestral conductor, he worked with orchestras such as the Berliner Symphoniker, Berlin Sinfonietta (Germany), the Buchmann-Mehta Symphony Orchestra, La Nua Orchestra and Symphonette Ra’anana (Israel).
As a violinist, he was concertmaster and soloist with the greatest classical musicians of our time – Barenboim, Dohnanyi, Masur, Ma, Mehta, Perlman, Vengerov, Zuckerman (to name a few), and appeared in the Royal Albert Hall (London), Carnegie Hall (New York), Musikverein (Vienna), Tonhalle (Zurich), Philharmonie (Berlin and Paris) and other renowned venues around the world.
He is the recipient of many awards and has been dedicated numerous musical masterpieces.
He lives with his wife and children in Amsterdam.
Virtuoso - Interview
When did you start to get interested in music?
When I was seven I was presented two options: either play the piano or the violin. I said that the violin looked more like magic, and the rest is history…
If you were an advertisement, which would your slogan be?
#Maestro2RockStar – also your mum is a secret fan
Mindblowing instrumental covers to your favourite Pop&Rock Hits
Which is the part you enjoy the most about music?
The vibes I get from the audience in live shows.
Most artists say that through their art they learn more about themselves, heal injuries… In which aspects has music helped you?
I manage to complete what I call thinking cycles, or multiple almost simutaneous thoughts while I play. I feel it is a real workout for my brain. In periods I don’t play for a long time, I most definitely feel my mental skills decline. In addition, playing can bring you easily back in time to other bookmarked times. It’s transformative and meditative…
What does music mean to you?
Through music one can learn all the laws of physics, geography, history, aesthetics and discover the path to one’s own feeling.
Who are your idols?
Oh Gosh, that’s going to be a long one 🙂 I don’t really have one idol. Idolatry is a negative thing in my perspective.
I would also never want to exchange my life for another’s (as that would come with many hidden shortcomings they wouldn’t show), but rather just respect them for their genius. Here are only a few that come to mind:
Bono, Freddy Mercury, David Bowie and many other progressive musicians. In ‘classical’ music those would include Daniel Barenboim, Zubin Mehta, Maxim Vengerov, Yitzhak Perlman, Leonidas Kavakos, and numerous classical composers and artists that have passed away. In other fields, those would include Einstein, Penrose and Brian May (yes, the physicist-guitarist!).
If you didn’t like music, what would you like to do?
Do you consider that nowadays there are more or less opportunities for new artists? Why?
I believe that good art is created in a similar ratio per a given population throughout history. After the rise of the internet social media, platforms are available to all and therefore one must search more for good quality, and that is both a blessing and a curse. On one hand, some deserving artists could get their break more easily, but on the other, they me be obscured by a lot of background noise. Imagine if Vincent van Gogh had a social media account…
What would your idyllic life as an artist be like?
Having a large studio at home that has ceiling-to-floor windows (although that is acoustically not feasible yet) overlooking a lake. Waking up to the smell of coffee and being joined by my friends for a recording session or rehearsals for a live show. Oh, what a dream!
Virtuoso - Projects
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