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.Read more
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.
Highlights of past seasons included orchestral debuts with the Bavarian State Orchestra (Kirill Petrenko), Berliner Philharmoniker (Riccardo Chailly), Staatskapelle Dresden (Christian Thielemann), Cleveland Orchestra (Franz Welser-Möst) and London Symphony Orchestra (Fabio Luisi). Recital appearances of 2016 – 17 saw “hypnotic” (The New York Times) and “transfixing” (The Boston Globe) debuts at Carnegie Hall, Chicago’s Symphony Center, Boston’s Celebrity Series, at Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, with Lisbon’s Gulbenkian Foundation, at Hamburg’s Elbphilharmonie and the Lucerne Piano Festival.
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). In October 2015, Sony Classical released Igor Levit’s third solo album in cooperation with the Festival Heidelberger Frühling featuring Bach’s Goldberg Variations, Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations and Rzewski’s The People United Will Never Be Defeated!, which has been awarded the “Recording of the Year” and “Instrumental Award” at the 2016 Gramophone Classical Music Awards.
Born in Nizhni Nowgorod in 1987, Igor Levit at age eight moved with his family to Germany. 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 the youngest participant in 2005 Arthur Rubinstein Competition in Tel Aviv, Igor Levit won the Silver Prize, as well as the Prize for Best Performer of Chamber Music, the Audience Favorite Prize and the Prize for Best Performer of Contemporary Music.
In Berlin, where he makes his home, Igor Levit is playing on a Steinway D Grand Piano kindly given to him by the Trustees of Independent Opera at Sadler’s Wells.
Igor Levit is an exclusive recording artist of Sony Classical
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Pianist Igor Levit has been named the recipient of the 2018 Gilmore Artist Award. The Award was announced today by Daniel R. Gustin, Director of the Irving S. Gilmore International Keyboard Festival. One of the most prestigious honors in music, the Gilmore Artist...
Igor Levit joined the Bayerische Staatsorchester on their recent tour of Asia, performing Rachmaninov’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini in Taipei, Seoul and Tokyo. The tour marked Igor Levit’s and Maestro Kirill Petrenko’s Asia debuts, whose “symbiotic collaboration”...
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,...
“One of the essential artists of his generation.”
“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.”
“He felt far away until he hit the first note and the sheer depth and resonant sovereignty of his tone engulfed a monumental space.”
“From the very first note, he so radically changed the atmospheric pressure in the hall, it was as if he had packed a keyboard bomb cyclone in his suitcase.”
“Three years ago, Levit promised that he represented the future of pianism. Saturday at Segerstrom, the future arrived.”
“[He] played in poetry rather than prose, and with such ever-changing ornamentation that we could almost have been listening to improvisation. Levit plays with liquid delicacy and thoughtfulness.”
“He is the future. ”
“Boldness and brilliance”
“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.”
“Igor Levit goes where other pianists fear to tread. (…) His range of colour and dynamics, concentration and freedom, make compulsive listening.”
“As the final chords died away, we were all left speechless with amazement and admiration.”
“Levit now takes his place amongst a pantheon populated by the likes of Pollini, Arrau and Brendel.”
“[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 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. ”
“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.”
“This pianist has got it all”
“…one of the most probing, intelligent and accomplished artists of the new generation.”
“A major new pianist has arrived.”
“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. ”
“The most fascinating young pianist on today’s classical music scene.”
“Levit is pre-eminently a real musician who seems built to last.”
“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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