Zander Fellow at the Boston Philharmonic for the 2009-2010 season, LEVI HAMMER is well known as a conductor and pianist of remarkable range and versatility. Equally comfortable in a variety of genres and repertoire, he appears regularly as conductor, concerto soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician. In addition to assisting Benjamin Zander as part of his prestigious conducting apprenticeship, this season Hammer also collaborated with George Manahan at the Aspen Music Festival and will serve as cover conductor at the Atlanta Symphony for Oliver Knussen and Ludovic Morlot. In his role as pianist and harpsichordist, he has recently played with the New World Symphony, Mercury Baroque and in several performances of Aaron Copland’s complete piano music. He has served as staff pianist/vocal coach at Rice University Opera, and was also music director of Hammer Music, a series of thematically programmed concerts. Levi studied conducting, piano, composition and languages in both the U.S. and Europe, and his teachers have included conductors Dennis Russell Davies, Kurt Masur and pianist Brian Connelly. In his spare time he indulges in his obsession with fin-de-siècle Vienna.