Tom Levine has been content to live his life far from the limelight currently enjoyed by his older brother James Levine, music director of the Metropolitan Opera.
Tom, 68, is an artist who is only now achieving wider recognition for his work. He has long enjoyed the respect of his fellow artists and collectors of his abstract paintings. His works hang in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art and the National Gallery in Washington, D.C.
But outside of the rarefied art world, his name recognition is nowhere near that of his famous older brother. And Tom has been fine with that. In fact, when he isn't painting, he works as a business assistant for James. Tom takes care of non-musical matters like arranging rehearsal schedules, answering questions and accompanying the maestro on European tours.