Sylvester Levay (originally Lévay Szilveszter, Serbian: Силвестер Леваи, Silvester Levai) is a Hungarian composer. He was born on 16 May 1945 in Subotica in the North Bačka District of Vojvodina, Yugoslavia (now Serbia).
Life and career
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. Upon his arrival in Munich in 1972, he met his writing partner, Michael Kunze, with whom he has created many successful theatrical works. From 1980 to 2000 he lived in Hollywood and concentrated on composing film music. He composed songs for notable artists like Elton John and Penny McLean. He was awarded with a Grammy for his 1975 song "Fly Robin Fly".
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.
- Fly, Robin, Fly (reached no. 1 in the US Charts) (1975)
- Get Up and Boogie (1976)
- Scarface OST (as arranger) (1983)
- Flashdance soundtrack collaboration with Giorgio Moroder
- Where the Boys Are '84 (1984)
- Invitation to Hell (1984)
- Creator (1985)
- My Man Adam (1986)
- Airwolf (1984–1986)
- Cobra (1986 film). His song "Skyline", unused in the movie but appearing on the soundtrack album, was adapted for the C64 game by Ben Daglish.
- Mannequin (1987 film)
- Werewolf (TV series) (1987–88)
- Navy SEALs (1990)
- Stone Cold (1991)
- Hot Shots! (1991)
- Medicopter 117 (1998–2006)
- Hexen, Hexen (musical) (1990)
- Elisabeth (Musical) (1992, premiered at Theater an der Wien)
- Mozart! (Musical) (1999, premiered at Theater an der Wien)
- Rebecca (musical) (2006, premiered at Raimundtheater)
- Marie Antoinette (musical) (2006, premiered at Imperial Garden Theater))
- Lady Bess (musical) (2014, premiered at Imperial Theater Tokyo))
- Grammy Award for Fly, Robin, Fly, words by Michael Kunze (1975)
- Goldene Stimmgabel (2002)
- Goldene Europa (2002)
- his name in English is pronounced similarly to "Lave-ah-ee (like slave)."
- "Sylvester Lévay elégedett az Összefogás dalával" (in Hungarian). Duna TV. Retrieved 2013-04-01.
- Vickers, Tom. "Singles: Surprising Takeoff of 'Fly, Robin, Fly.'" Rolling Stone 203 (January 1, 1976), p. 18.
- "Interview mit Sylvester Levay: Wir suchen neue Wege" (in German). thatsmusical.de. 2012-08-13. Retrieved 2013-04-01.
- "Poetin Ruth Weiss und Komponist Sylvester Levay ausgezeichnet" (in German). Magistrat der Stadt Wien. 2006-10-04. Retrieved 2013-04-01.
- "Sylvester Levay". Allmusic. Retrieved 2013-04-01.
- "Xiah Junsu Musical Concert To Be Held", 2010