Gina Levinson, of Leningrad, Russia, has been a Vocal Arts faculty member since 1987. She graduated with honors from the Special Music School and received her MM in piano performance from Leningrad State Conservatory. She teaches Russian diction and vocal literature. Levinson has made numerous appearances with principal players of the Minnesota Orchestra and as a collaborator in the U.S. and abroad. She has performed at Alice Tully Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, at the Washington, D.C., Press Club, and Hofstra University. Her recordings include Franck’s Sonata on the Pro Arte label, and Hindemith’s Double Bass Sonata for Melodya with her husband, bassist Eugene Levinson. In 1989, was asked by Juilliard to translate, coach diction, and help with music preparation for the U.S. premiere of Benjamin Fleishmann’s Rothschild’s Violin. In November 2008, she served as head diction coach for that same work and for Mussorgsky’s The Marriage, as part of a production of three one-act operas called Trilogy, conducted by James Conlon. Also in 2008, she was invited to Tokyo to work on a production of Eugene Onegin conducted by Seiji Ozawa. She is a former faculty member of the Special Music School in Leningrad, Leningrad State Musical College, and St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn. She has been a faculty member at the Aspen Music Festival since 1980, the Ravinia Festival since 2002, and Peabody Conservatory.