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Winner of Gramophone’s ‘Recording of the Year 2016” award, Igor Levit manifests his position as one of the most relevant pianists of his generation – as an artist “built to last” (The Guardian). The 2016-17 season marks Igor Levit’s debuts with the Staatskapelle Dresden (Christian Thielemann), the Bavarian State Orchestra (Kirill Petrenko) and London Symphony Orchestra (Fabio Luisi) and reunites him amongst others with the Danish National Symphony Orchestra (Sondergard), NDR Elphilharmonie Orchestra (Thomas Hengelbrock), Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich (Lionel Bringuier) and San Francisco Symphony (Fabio Luisi). Major recital debuts await at Carnegie Hall (Zankel Hall), Chicago’s Symphony Center, Boston’s Celebrity Series as well as at Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw and with Lisbon’s Gulbenkian Foundation. Also in recital, Igor Levit returns to the Lucerne Festival, Zurich’s Tonhalle, Laeiszhalle Hamburg and Cologne Philharmonie. The season will further see the start of full Beethoven sonata cycles at London’s Wigmore Hall and at the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels. He will perform the trias of variation works, Bach’s Goldberg Variations, Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations and Rzewski’s The People United Will Never Be

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Winner of Gramophone’s ‘Recording of the Year 2016” award, Igor Levit manifests his position as one of the most relevant pianists of his generation – as an artist “built to last” (The Guardian).

The 2016-17 season marks Igor Levit’s debuts with the Staatskapelle Dresden (Christian Thielemann), the Bavarian State Orchestra (Kirill Petrenko) and London Symphony Orchestra (Fabio Luisi) and reunites him amongst others with the Danish National Symphony Orchestra (Sondergard), NDR Elphilharmonie Orchestra (Thomas Hengelbrock), Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich (Lionel Bringuier) and San Francisco Symphony (Fabio Luisi).

Major recital debuts await at Carnegie Hall (Zankel Hall), Chicago’s Symphony Center, Boston’s Celebrity Series as well as at Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw and with Lisbon’s Gulbenkian Foundation. Also in recital, Igor Levit returns to the Lucerne Festival, Zurich’s Tonhalle, Laeiszhalle Hamburg and Cologne Philharmonie. The season will further see the start of full Beethoven sonata cycles at London’s Wigmore Hall and at the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels. He will perform the trias of variation works, Bach’s Goldberg Variations, Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations and Rzewski’s The People United Will Never Be Defeated, in his home town Hannover as well as in his adoptive home town at the Berlin Philharmonie. In October 2015, Sony Classical released Igor Levit’s third solo album for the label featuring all three variation works in cooperation with the Festival Heidelberger Frühling. The album has been voted Gramophone’s Instrumental Award winner 2016.

Highlights of past seasons included orchestral debuts with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra (Lionel Bringuier), Berliner Philharmoniker (Riccardo Chailly), Cleveland Orchestra (Franz Welser-Möst) and National Symphony Orchestra (Jiří Bělohlávek). In spring 2014, Igor Levit celebrated both his recital and orchestral debut on the main stage of Vienna’s Musikverein to great critical acclaim: jumping in for Maurizio Pollini in June 2014 and for Hélène Grimaud (City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra with Andris Nelsons) respectively in March 2014. Only four days earlier on 12 March 2014, Igor Levit made his New York City recital debut at the Park Avenue Armory to unsurpassed critical acclaim by both The New Yorker and The New York Times.

An exclusive recording artist for Sony Classical, Igor Levit’s debut disc of the five last Beethoven Sonatas won the BBC Music Magazine Newcomer of the Year 2014 Award, the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Young Artist Award 2014 and the ECHO Klassik 2014 for Solo Recording of the Year (19th Century Music/Piano).

Born in Nizhni Nowgorod in 1987, Igor Levit at age eight moved with his family to Germany where he completed his piano studies at Hannover Academy of Music, Theatre and Media in 2009 with the highest academic and performance scores in the history of the institute. Igor Levit has studied under the tutelage of Karl-Heinz Kämmerling, Matti Raekallio, Bernd Goetze, Lajos Rovatkay and Hans Leygraf.

As youngest participant in 2005 Arthur Rubinstein Competition in Tel Aviv, Igor Levit won the Silver Prize, the Prize for Best Performer of Chamber Music, the Audience Favorite Prize and the Prize for Best Performer of Contemporary Music. Previously, he had won the First Prize of the International Hamamtsu Piano Academy Competition in Japan. Since 2003 Igor Levit has been a scholarship student at Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes as well as at Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben.

In Berlin, where he makes his home, Igor Levit is playing on a Steinway D Grand Piano kindly lent to him by the Trustees of Independent Opera at Sadler’s Wells.

 

 Igor Levit is an exclusive recording artist of Sony Classical

World Management: IMG Artists, LLC

New York City

Exclusive Manager: Kristin Schuster

kschuster@imgartists.com

 

 

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Reviews

"He is the future. "

The Los Angeles Times

"Levit ist trotz seiner Jugend heute schon einer der bedeutendsten Interpreten unserer Zeit. (...) Man hört Musik ganz neu, wenn ein solcher Pianist am Werk ist, der Interpretationen anzubieten hat, die diesen Namen verdienen, inspiriert, intuitiv an die tiefsten Emotionen rührend."

Die Presse

"Igor Levit goes where other pianists fear to tread. (…) His range of colour and dynamics, concentration and freedom, make compulsive listening."

The Oberserver

"As the final chords died away, we were all left speechless with amazement and admiration."

The Telegraph

"Levit now takes his place amongst a pantheon populated by the likes of Pollini, Arrau and Brendel."

International Piano

"[The Diabelli Variations], which he characterises with rambunctious glee, brilliantly incisive and as nimble as a cat on a high wire, while keeping the music's overall arch in sign. One imagines Beethoven playing it like this - in his dreams anyway."

The Times

"The world may be full of brilliant young pianists but Igor Levit stands apart."

The Daily Telegraph

"He exhibited fresh ideas about every phrase he played. He has seemingly unlimited technical capacity. (…) He can produce an emotionally penetrating Russian sound when he wants. He can bang as gloriously as any former Soviet player. But he also has the ability to stand back and bring calculating rigor to his interpretations, notably in his Bach and Beethoven. (…) I have never known a young Russian pianist with a promise like Levit's. He is the future. "

The Los Angeles Times

"In the last week of its current season, Wigmore Hall played host to one of the year’s most staggering concerts: a programme of Cornelius Cardew and Frederic Rzewski given by Igor Levit, a 28-year-old Russian-born German who has been called the pianist of the future, the next András Schiff (though he is his own person, and how), the greatest player of his generation. On first live encounter – his CDs of late Beethoven and Bach have already made an impact – not a word of this is hype. He is back to perform in his first Prom in September. You’ll hear more of him. I don’t need a crystal ball to guarantee it."

The Guardian

"This pianist has got it all"

The Guardian

"…one of the most probing, intelligent and accomplished artists of the new generation."

The New York Times

"A major new pianist has arrived."

The New York Times

"The distinction of this set of the Bach Partitas will establish Igor Levit in the minds of many, I'm sure, as a major artist. "

Gramophone; Recording of the Month

"Authentic in the most profound meaning of the word. "

The Sunday Times

"He is set to be one of this century's big names. "

London Telegraph

"The most fascinating young pianist on today’s classical music scene."

Süddeutsche Zeitung

"Levit is pre-eminently a real musician who seems built to last."

The Guardian

"This young man doesn’t just have the potential to become one of this century’s great pianists: he already is one!"

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

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Discography

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