Sylvester Levay (born May 16, 1945 in Subotica in Vojvodina , Serbia ) is a Hungarian composer . He had success in the pop genre in the 1970s , composed for film and television and, since the 1990s, musicals .
Sylvester Levay began his training at a music school when he was eight . Sylvester Levay won his first composition competition at the age of 15. From 1962 he worked all over Europe. In 1971 he recorded the progressive rock album Vita nova (on organ and keyboards ) with Eddy Marron and Christian von Hoffmann .
In 1972 he moved to Munich. During this time he met Michael Kunze , with whom he has worked successfully ever since. Their first major joint successes were the productions for Silver Convention and Penny McLean in the "Munich Disco Sound" ( Save Me , Fly, Robin, Fly , Get Up and Boogie , Lady Bump ). Fly, Robin, Fly was also the first title produced in Germany to reach number one on the US Billboard charts. In Munich he also worked with Udo Jürgens and Katja Ebstein . Between 1977 and 1980 Levay composed and produced for Elton John , Donna Summer and others. Levay orchestrates all of his works himself and has mastered various instruments such as piano , saxophone , clarinet , flute and organ .
From 1980 to 2000, Sylvester Levay spent a great deal of time in Hollywood , concentrating on composing film music . He became a member of the National Academy of Recording Arts Sciences (NARAS) and the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (ATAS). He lectured on film composition at the American universities of the University of California, Los Angeles and the University of Southern California .
Levay has dedicated himself to musicals since the 1990s . Most recently he wrote the musical Rebecca together with Michael Kunze , which premiered in September 2006 at the Raimund Theater in Vienna and has continued to be performed since then (as of 2017).
Levay he lives near Munich and in Vienna, has been married to his wife Monika for 25 years and has a daughter and a son.
- Witches witches (1991, performance on an open-air stage in Heilbronn )
- Elisabeth (1992, world premiere at the Theater an der Wien )
- Mozart! (1999, world premiere at the Theater an der Wien)
- Rebecca (2006, world premiere at the Raimundtheater in Vienna)
- Marie Antoinette (2006, world premiere at the Imperial Garden Theater in Tokyo )
- Lady Bess (2014, world premiere at the Imperial Theater in Tokyo )
- Ouke no Monshou [Crest of the Royal Family] (2016, world premiere at the Imperial Theater in Tokyo )
- Telegram (German contribution to the Eurovision Song Contest 1977 , reached eighth place with the Silver Convention group )
- Fly, Robin, Fly (Silver Convention group title, reached number one on the US charts)
- Film & television
- Music for the German TV Prize
- Music for the Bambi
- 1984: The fatal affair of Katherine G. (A Touch of Scandal)
- 1984-1986: Airwolf
- 1985: The Professor or How I Raised My Wife (Creator)
- 1986: The City-Cobra (Cobra)
- 1986: Gangster Kid (Touch and Go)
- 1987: Mannequin
- 1987: The thieving magpie (Burglar)
- 1988: The Merciless Hunter (The Tracker)
- 1989: Heidi on the run (Courage Mountain)
- 1990: Navy Seals - The toughest elite force in the world (Navy Seals)
- 1991: hot shots! - The mother of all films (Hot Shots!)
- 1991: Cry in the Wild: The Taking of Peggy Ann
- 1991: Stone Cold - Cold as Stone (Stone Cold)
- 1993: Laura's Shadow (I Can Make You Love Me)
- 1997–2002: Medicopter 117 - Every life counts
- Grammy for Fly Robin Fly (1976)
- Golden Tuning Fork (2002)
- Golden Europe (2002)
- Medal of Honor Vienna (2006)
- Awarded the professional title of Professor (2021)
- Works by Sylvester Levay in the catalog of the German National Library
- Sylvester Levay in the Internet Movie Database (English)
- The Vereinigte Bühnen Wien congratulate Sylvester Levay on being awarded the professional title of "Professor". In: ots.at. August 31, 2021, accessed September 1, 2021 .
|SURNAME||Levay, New Years Eve|
|BRIEF DESCRIPTION||Hungarian composer|
|BIRTH DATE||May 16, 1945|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Subotica , Vojvodina , Serbia|