Igor Levit

Piano

Biography

Winner of Gramophone’s “Recording of the Year 2016” award, Igor Levit has established himself as “one of the essential artists of his generation” (The New Yok Times). The press attests to his performing with a “wealth of meaning without artifice” (Washington Post) leaving the listener “speechless with amazement and admiration” (The Telegraph).

 

The 2017-18 season marks highly-anticipated debuts including performances with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra (Jakub Hrusa), the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra (Sakari Oramo), the Vienna and Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestras (both with Manfred Honeck) and reunites him – amongst others – with the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen and the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich (Lionel Bringuier). Summer 2017 marks a performance at the Opening Night of the prestigious BBC Proms alongside the BBC Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Ed Gardner, his debut at the Salzburg Festival and a residency at Germany’s Rheingau Music Festival before Igor Levit embarks on a tour of Asia with the Bavarian State Orchestra under Kirill Petrenko.

 

Recital performances will see him return to his hometown to play at the Berlin Philharmonie as well as making debuts in Stockholm and Barcelona. After the immense success of his Beethoven sonata cycle at London’s Wigmore Hall in 2016 – 17, he will take the cycle to Munich’s Prinzregententheater and continue the cycle started at the Palais des Beaux Arts in Brussels in the previous season.

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Recent News

Igor Levit Opens the BBC Proms with “Elegance and Sly Wit”

Igor Levit performed at the First Night of the Proms on Friday 14th July, receiving praise from critics for his "elegance and sly wit" in a performance that featured Beethoven's Third Piano Concerto and an encore of Ode To Joy. In a five star review for The Guardian,...

Prom 1: First Night of the Proms with Igor Levit

Pianist Igor Levit is the soloist at the First Night of the Proms tonight, performing Beethoven's groundbreaking Third Piano Concerto at the Royal Albert Hall. Igor Levit, winner of Gramophone's Recording of the Year in 2016, has been described as "one of the...

Reviews

“One of the essential artists of his generation.”

Zachary Woolfe

New York Times, Feb 2017

“World upon world of sound, offered with digital-quality clarity and detail and infused with analog warmth.”

“I may never hear a better performance of the Diabelli Variations, one that carries me further into the depths and potential of this splendidly wrought music.”

“A wealth of meaning without artifice, as spoken by a truly gifted artist.”

Anne Midgette

Washington Post, Feb 2017

More Reviews

“He is the future. ”

The Los Angeles Times 

“Boldness and brilliance”

The Guardian 

“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