"A pianist with a flair for modernism"
—The New York Times
Guy Livingston leads a dual career as pianist and producer. Based in Paris and The Hague, he has performed all over the world, notably as soloist with the Chicago Symphony, the Orchestre Nationale de France.
Livingston’s boldness, stamina, and virtuosity at the piano have earned him major coverage in Sports Illustrated, The New York Times, and on National Public Radio. His performances have taken him to Holland, Italy, France, Germany, Poland, Russia, Tunisia, India, Georgia, and South Africa.
His recordings of the modern repertoire include prize-winning premieres of music by John Cage, George Antheil, and over 100 other composers from around the world. Guy Livingston’s best-selling first CD (Don’t Panic) contained 60 one-minute premieres by composers from eighteen countries, and was featured in Le Monde, Gramophone, Diapason, Piano Magazine, and Sunday Weekend Edition. He has recorded for New World, Wergo, and Mode Records.
Livingston holds degrees with honors from Yale University, the New England Conservatory of Music, and the Royal Conservatory of the Netherlands. Prizes and awards include the Gaudeamus New Music Competition, the Orléans Twentieth Century Piano Competition and the Sitges-Barcelona Concorso de Piano Segolo XX.
Livingston has done extensive work with silent film, both contemporary and from the 1920’s. An expert on Dadaism, he has unearthed films and scores dating back to 1919.
Many composers have written for Livingston, including William Bolcom, Louis Andriessen, Gene Pritsker, Donal Fox, Annie Gosfield, Vanessa Lann, and Julia Wolfe.
Strongly committed to bringing music to underserved audiences, he has produced more than 100 concerts and workshops in hospitals in the Paris banlieues.
As a radio producer, he has directed documentaries for Australian Broadcasting, Irish Radio, WFMT Chicago, and France Musique. On Friday nights, he hosts “American Highways”, a podcast featuring new and forgotten American music, on ConcertZender Radio (Utrecht). In June 2018, he won the Bronze Medal for best music documentary at the New York International Festival Radio Awards.
Livingston appears frequently in the media as an expert on topics as varied as American politics and torpedo guidance systems. His latest role is in Bombshell, the documentary about Hedy Lamarr’s secret invention (with George Antheil) of spread-spectrum.
He is currently artist-in-residence at a former Embassy in The Hague, designed by the architect Marcel Breuer. Livingston hosts performance events in this legendary cold-war building.
Based in Europe, pianist Guy Livingston has performed all over the world, notably as soloist with the Chicago Symphony, the Orchestre Nationale de France, and as a recitalist at the Centre Pompidou, Théâtre du Chatelet, the Library of Congress, The Knitting Factory, and Lincoln Center. His best-selling first recording (Don’t Panic) contained 60 one-minute premieres by composers from eighteen countries. Livingston’s boldness, stamina, and virtuosity at the piano have earned him major coverage in Sports Illustrated, The New York Times, Le Monde, Gramophone, Diapason, and on National Public Radio.
He has lectured at Princeton University, Harvard University, Peabody School of Music, the University of Leiden, and the European Space Agency. He has produced and directed radio features for Australian Broadcasting and Irish RTé Radio, and hosts a weekly podcast on ConcertZender radio. Livingston holds degrees with honors from Yale University, the New England Conservatory of Music, and the Royal Conservatory of the Netherlands.