IMG Artists is pleased to announce that pianist Igor Levit has signed with the company for worldwide general management. Levit, who The Telegraph says, “is set to be one of this century’s biggest names,” will be represented by Vice President Kristin Schuster, based in IMGA’s New York headquarters.
Mr Levit says, “I am greatly looking forward to working with Kristin Schuster and IMG Artists, and to exploring new impulses for my work”.
Ms Schuster says, “I am thrilled that Igor Levit has joined IMG Artists for general management. Looking at what he has accomplished artistically at this young age, and knowing the enthusiasm, sincerity and commitment he brings to everything he does, I know we are at the beginning of an exciting journey.
Born in Nizhni Nowgorod, Russia in 1987, Mr Levit moved to Germany at age 8 and studied piano at the Hannover Academy of Music, Theatre and Media. He graduated from the Academy in 2009, with the highest academic and performance scores in the institute’s history. He studied under Karl-Heinz Kämmerling, Matti Raekallio, Bernd Goetze, Lajos Rovatkay and Hans Leygraf.
Mr Levit first captured international attention as the youngest participant in the 2005 Arthur Rubinstein Competition in Tel Aviv, where he won the Silver Prize, Best Performer of Chamber Music, Best Performer of Contemporary Music and was awarded the Audience Favourite Prize.
His meteoric rise has seen him capture critical and audience acclaim on some of Europe’s greatest stages. Recent seasons have featured concerts with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Staatskapelle Dresden, Vienna Symphonic Orchestra, Hannover’s NDR Radiophilharmonie, Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, WDR Sinfonieorchester and Danish National Symphony Orchestra. His recital appearances include performances at London’s Wigmore Hall, Brussels’ BOZAR, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, Vienna’s Musikverein, Philharmonie Cologne, Birmingham, UK’s Town Hall, Laeiszhalle Hamburg and Stockholm’s Konserthus.
In the 2013/14 season, Mr Levit will make his debut with the Konzerthausorchester Berlin, Royal Scottish National Orchestra and the Royal Flemish Philharmonic Antwerp. Additional highlights include Beethoven’s Triple Concerto with violinist Maxim Vengerov and cellist Antonio Meneses and the BBC Symphony Orchestra at London’s Barbican and Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto with the Düsseldorfer Symphoniker at Vienna’s Musikverein.
In addition to his recent five star (The Guardian; The Telegraph) Queen Elizabeth Hall performance of the late Beethoven sonatas, 2013/14 solo recital highlights include performances at the Berlin Philharmonie, Cologne Philharmonie, Munich’s Prinzregententheater, Frankfurt’s Alte Oper Frankfurt, Milan’s Conservatorio Sala Verdi and Zurich’s Tonhalle.
In spring 2014, Mr Levit returns to the Ludwigsburger Sommerfestspiele, Schumann Fest Düsseldorf and the Festival Heidelberger Frühling, where he is Artistic Director for the Chamber Music Academy. In summer 2014, he will be the Artist-in-Residence at both the Kissinger Sommer and Festival Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, the latter featuring his debut with the Deutsches-Symphonie-Orchester Berlin under the baton of Tugan Sokhiev and projects with Kremerata Baltica and the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen.
A dedicated proponent of contemporary music, he performs the work of composers such as Jörg Widmann, Wolfgang Rihm, Marc-André Dalbavie and Eric Tanguy. Composer Frederic Rzewski dedicated eight sonatas of his Nano Sonaten cycle to Levit and the two continue their partnership with the world premiere of a new work set for 2015.
Mr Levit is an exclusive Sony Classical recording artist, and released his debut, Beethoven: The Late Sonatas, in August 2013.
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