Sylvester Levay

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Sylvester Levay (originally Lévay Szilveszter, Serbian: Силвестер Леваи, Silvester Levai)[1] is a Hungarian composer. He was born on 16 May 1945 in Subotica[2] in the North Bačka District of Vojvodina, Yugoslavia (now Serbia).

Life and career[edit]

Sylvester Levay began his musical studies at the age of eight. Levay developed a taste for American music while growing up in Yugoslavia, eventually becoming a music arranger and lyricist.[3] Upon his arrival in Munich in 1972, he met his writing partner, Michael Kunze, with whom he has created many successful theatrical works.[4][5] From 1980 to 2000 he lived in Hollywood and concentrated on composing film music.[2] He composed songs for notable artists like Elton John and Penny McLean.[6] He was awarded with a Grammy for his 1975 song "Fly Robin Fly".[2]

In October 2010, Levay worked with Xiah Junsu of JYJ to prepare for a musical concert - "Kim Junsu Musical Concert, Levay with Friends" in South Korea to be held at Seoul's Olympic Gymnastics Arena.[7]

He currently divides his time between homes in Munich, Vienna and Los Angeles. Married for twenty-five years, he and his wife Monika have a daughter, Alice, and a son, Sylvester Jr.

Compositions (selection)[edit]



  1. ^ his name in English is pronounced similarly to "Lave-ah-ee (like slave)."
  2. ^ a b c "Sylvester Lévay elégedett az Összefogás dalával" (in Hungarian). Duna TV. Retrieved 2013-04-01. 
  3. ^ Vickers, Tom. "Singles: Surprising Takeoff of 'Fly, Robin, Fly.'" Rolling Stone 203 (January 1, 1976), p. 18.
  4. ^ "Interview mit Sylvester Levay: Wir suchen neue Wege" (in German). 2012-08-13. Retrieved 2013-04-01. 
  5. ^ "Poetin Ruth Weiss und Komponist Sylvester Levay ausgezeichnet" (in German). Magistrat der Stadt Wien. 2006-10-04. Retrieved 2013-04-01. 
  6. ^ "Sylvester Levay". Allmusic. Retrieved 2013-04-01. 
  7. ^ "Xiah Junsu Musical Concert To Be Held", 2010

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