"A pianist with a flair for modernism"
—The New York Times
Based in Paris, Mr. 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, the Théâtre du Chatelet, the IJsbreker, the MuziekGebouw, the Library of Congress, The Knitting Factory, The Louvre, The Hermitage, The Moscow Conservatory, and Lincoln Center.
His recordings of the 20th and 21st century repertoire include prize-winning premieres of music by John Cage, George Antheil, and 120 other composers from around the world. Guy Livingston's best-selling first recording ( Don't Panic) contains 60 one-minute premieres by composers from eighteen countries, and was featured in Le Monde, Gramophone, Diapason, Piano Magazine , and on radio stations worldwide.
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 .
Guy Livingston is one of the foremost performers of George Antheil's music today. He organized the Paris Antheil Centennial Concert, and was Artistic Director for the 2003 George Antheil Festival in Trenton in honor of the 1920's futurist. Livingston has been the focus of two television documentaries on Antheil, as well as appearing in the film Bad Boy Made Good. In 2003 he recorded a CD of “The Lost Piano Sonatas” of George Antheil. His version of Antheil's 2nd piano concerto (world premiere recording), was released by New World Records. In 7 recitals over 5 years, he performed the complete piano music of George Antheil at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts.
His performances have also taken him to Holland, Russia, Italy, Tunisia, India, Georgia, Poland, Germany, and South Africa. He has recorded for New World, Wergo, Transatlantic, 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 Huntington Beebe Scholarship, the Gaudeamus New Music Competition, the Harriet Hale Woolley Scholarship, the Orléans Twentieth Century Piano Competition and the Sitges-Barcelona Concorso de Piano Segolo XX.
He has appeared as concerto soloist with the Orchestre National de France, the Philadelphia Virtuosi, and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
Livingston has done extensive work with silent film, both contemporary and from the 1920's, and was commissioned for a special project (Dada at the Movies) by the Holland Festival. Livingston is the producer and pianist for One Minute More, sixty experimental film clips by young vanguard Dutch video artists, funded by the Amsterdam Fund for Art and sponsored by Berlin-based STAMPS watches.
His multimedia work includes videos, installations, and cabinets of curiosities: wooden boxes containing rare, odd, and found objects, frequently with motorized or audio components.
For the past 5 years he has directed Le Piano Ouvert, a non-profit organisation in Paris, operating in disadvantaged neighborhoods, and providing concerts and interactive musical workshops (over 100 thus far).
Born in Tennessee, with degrees from Yale, NEC, and the Royal Conservatory of the Netherlands, pianist Guy Livingston wowed critics and audiences with his successful “Don't Panic” CD. Sixty composers each wrote one minute for Livingston, and the CD was featured on NPR, in The New York Times , Le Monde , Sports Illustrated , and was praised by the Atlanta Constitution as the ‘party record of the year.' Livingston is based in Paris and Amsterdam and travels widely as a pianist and director. Concerto appearances have included the Orchestre National de France and the Chicago Symphony. Livingston has recorded two CDs of the music of George Antheil, and recently released a DVD, “One Minute More,” with 60 musical clips by vanguard Dutch filmmakers.