New Marlborough, Mass — Harold Lewin, founder and director of the acclaimed summer music series Music & More in New Marlborough, died Friday, November 7, 2014, in New York City. He was 85.
Lewin founded Music & More in 1991, passionately dedicating his uncompromising standards and deep knowledge of music to elevate the series and attract world class performers.
Born in Boston, Lewin studied piano at Manhattan School of Music and earned his Ph.D in theory and piano performance at Indiana University, studying with Menahem Pressler. Lewin was a founding member of the Arioso Trio, debuting at Carnegie Hall in 1979. He performed at some of the world’s most prestigious venues including Lincoln Center, The Library of Congress, and Sibelius Academy in Helsinki. As president of the Sibelius Society for over 25 years, he was decorated with the Lion of Finland Medal for his contributions to Finnish Music. He was on music faculties of Indiana University, University of Cincinnati and Manhattan School of Music where he founded the Doctor of Musical Arts Program.
“Harold was a multi-faceted musician and intellectual,” said Daniel Stepner, professor at Brandeis University and Artistic Director of Aston Magna Festival. “A kindred spirit — someone who loved bringing great music to life more than merely putting on flashy performances — he was an authentic inspirational model, always remaining upbeat and thinking of the wonderful audiences he has built in the Berkshires.”
“Harold was passionately dedicated to Music and More, the series he started 23 years ago,” said Louise Yohalem, president of the New Marlborough Village Association. “Every bit an impresario, Harold brought world class musicians to our rural corner of the Berkshires, personally greeting the audience and introducing the program – which he had helped to set with the performers – at each performance. Despite his failing health, Harold had already planned the entire 2015 season which promises to be the biggest and best yet. The Village Association Board will sorely miss its fellow member and the cultural community will be diminished by the loss of our friend.”
Lewin is survived by wife Susan Grant Lewin, daughter Gabrielle Lewin and her husband Jim Nachlin, daughter Jeanne Lewin and her husband Craig Fox, son Adam Lewin and his wife Nicole, and granddaughters Lily Nachlin and Natasia DaSilva. Memorial is planned. Contributions can be made to the Harold Lewin Endowment Fund For Music and More, (NMVA, 154 Hartsville-New Marlborough Rd, New Marlborough, MA 01230), or to the Muscular Dystrophy Association.